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Where were all 23 members of England’s current squad during the last World Cup?

Featuring York City, Burton Albion and plenty more 'proper' clubs...

England’s penalty shootout triumph over Colombia marked an official evolution.

The moment Eric Dier slotted his spot-kick beyond David Ospina, we suddenly had evidence to support a wide-spread theory.

Gareth Southgate’s team are the ‘New England’ and they are unburdened by past tragedies.

“Southgate you’re the one…”

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“Southgate you’re the one…”

Aside from Sir Gareth’s powers of motivation, one of the main reasons for this is that the squad is brimming with young talent who were generally distant from the disasters of 2010 and 2014.

To illustrate this point, let’s take a look at where all 23 of the current squad were four years ago…

JORDAN PICKFORD

Too small? Ask Carlos Bacca…

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Too small? Ask Carlos Bacca…

England’s No1 spent one half of the 2013/14 season on loan at Burton Albion in League Two, and other at Carlisle United in the league above.

20-years-old at the time, he was yet to debut for parent club Sunderland.

JACK BUTLAND

Get rid!

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Get rid!

Stoke’s new signing spent his 2013/14 season in Yorkshire on loan at Barnsley and then Leeds.

He had already made his England debut when Roy Hodgson gave him a go in a friendly against Italy in 2012.

Butland wouldn’t play senior international football again for another three years.

NICK POPE

Literally a milkman

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Literally a milkman

On Charlton’s books at the time, he was shipped out to Aldershot and York City to hone his skills.

His five games with the former meant he experienced the joyous purity of non-league football.

KYLE WALKER

Bossing Eden Hazard just like he will in the final

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Bossing Eden Hazard just like he will in the final

An established Spurs regular, a dip in form and injury troubles meant he slipped down Hodgson’s pecking order.

He was spared the torture of England’s disastrous trip to Brazil.

DANNY ROSE

Looks exactly the same, tbf

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Looks exactly the same, tbf

Rose followed an impressive season at Sunderland with a semi-breakout campaign with Spurs.

He featured in 30 games in all competitions for the north London club as his potential turned to substantial performances.

Still two years off an England debut.

JOHN STONES

The picture of innocence

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The picture of innocence

Long before Man City forked out for £50million for him, the Barnsley Beckenbauer was a gifted yet error-prone centre-back at Everton.

His composure in possession won him plenty of fans in Merseyside with many tipping him as a future England captain.

HARRY MAGUIRE

Yes. Just… yes

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Yes. Just… yes

England’s current No6 spent the 2013/14 season dominating every forward he came up against in League One.

Maguire was named Sheffield United’s Player of the Year for the third season in a row and earned a transfer to Premier League outfit Hull City in the process.

KIERAN TRIPPIER

When someone asks you to name a better crosser in world football

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When someone asks you to name a better crosser in world football

One of England’s most impressive performers at this World Cup, Trippier was instrumental in Burnley’s promotion from the Championship four years ago.

The Bury Beckham was well-known in the second tier for his unparalleled crossing at that level.

GARY CAHILL

Peak Cahill

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Peak Cahill

Cahill was very much in his prime four years ago.

A key figure for both Chelsea and England.

PHIL JONES

The man of a 1,000 faces

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The man of a 1,000 faces

Another who suffered through the 2014 World Cup.

Still something of a raw talent, he featured regularly for Man United but failed to convince a considerable portion of the fans.

TRENT ALEXANDER-ARNOLD

This photo is from 2016… we couldn’t find one from 2014

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This photo is from 2016… we couldn’t find one from 2014

The Liverpool right-back couldn’t legally by a lottery ticket four years ago.

TAA was making waves for Liverpool’s youth side but still an unknown quantity to the fans who now adore him.

ERIC DIER

Man about Lisbon

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Man about Lisbon

The man who ended England’s World Cup penalty hoodoo was soaking up the Portuguese sun in 2014.

Dier was a bit-part player for Sporting CP and did enough to convince Spurs of his ability.

JESSE LINGARD

Seagull themed celebration incoming

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Seagull themed celebration incoming

J Lingz enjoyed loan spells in the Championship with Birmingham and Brighton, scoring ten goals in 30 games between the two clubs.

A regular for England Under-21s, he established himself as one of the manager’s favourites.

That manager? Gareth Southgate.

JORDAN HENDERSON

Hendo’s been around a while, hasn’t he?

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Hendo’s been around a while, hasn’t he?

A first-team regular for club and country.

Henderson played more games for England in 2014 than any other calendar year of his career so far.

Part of the Liverpool team who suffered when Steven Gerrard slipped…

FABIAN DELPH

Loyalty

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Loyalty

A near ever-present for Aston Villa, Delph became a midfield talisman and was named as the club’s Player of the Year.

Made his debut for England in the aftermath of England’s World Cup exit.

ASHLEY YOUNG

Back in his winger days

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Back in his winger days

Struggled to hold down a place in Man United’s first-team but was the preferred choice for European fixtures.

Didn’t play any international football in 2014 or 2015.

DELE ALLI

An enemy of AFC Wimbledon fans everywhere

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An enemy of AFC Wimbledon fans everywhere

A rising star in League One for MK Dons.

Played half a dozen games for England’s youth sides at Under-18 and Under-19 level.

RUBEN LOFTUS-CHEEK

Classic Chelsea giving youth a chance

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Classic Chelsea giving youth a chance

The Chelsea youngster hadn’t kicked a ball in senior professional football when the last World Cup was taking place.

One of many talented teenagers desperate to make a name for himself for the Blues.

RAHEEM STERLING

Before Liverpool fans bombarded him with snake emojis

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Before Liverpool fans bombarded him with snake emojis

Sterling was just 19-years-old in 2014 but such was his talent, he was a key figure for Hodgson’s England.

He scored ten goals in all competitions for Liverpool and famously struck a teasing ‘ghost goal’ against Italy in Brazil.

MARCUS RASHFORD

They grow up so fast

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They grow up so fast

The boy wonder was still gracing Man United’s reserves in 2014.

Nobody other than his coaches could possibly have predicted how fast he would transition from an unknown teenager to one of the most exciting young talents in the world.

DANNY WELBECK

Remember when he was Man United’s man main? No, us neither…

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Remember when he was Man United’s man main? No, us neither…

Day Guy Welbz enjoyed his equal second-best season in terms of goals in 2013/14.

He scored ten goals in 36 games for Man United and was a regular goalscorer for his country when given a chance.

Welbeck was given the No11 shirt for England at the World Cup but failed to make much of an impact.

JAMIE VARDY

Is that a beard we spy?

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Is that a beard we spy?

Vardy scored 16 league goals as Leicester earned promotion to the Premier League two seasons before their historic title win.

He convinced Foxes fans the club had not made an error in signing a 25-year-old forward from Fleetwood Town two years previous.

HARRY KANE

Iconic No37

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Iconic No37

England’s golden boy had scored just three Premier League goals this time four years ago.

Spurs fans had only been given a taste of what was to come.