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Fantasy football: Who makes our England World Cup squad based on Dream Team points scored?

There’s a little thing called the World Cup happening in Russia this summer and we’re pretty excited about it. 

But before that, we’ve got to go through all of the usual squad announcement drama and those swash-buckling pre-tournament friendlies.


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Gareth Southgate named the 23-man squad on course to win the bloody thing today, with the likes of Joe Hart and Jack Wilshere left disappointed by omissions.

But who should make the squad based on Dream Team points scored this season?

We’re sure it’s something you’ve all been privately thinking about, right? Luckily, we’ve done the hard-work and named a 23-man squad ranked solely on points scored.

First off, here’s our starting XI…

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Goalkeepers:

Can Pope get into the World Cup squad?

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Can Pope get into the World Cup squad?

Fantasy football fans will be pleased to see that Nick Pope (106 points) starts between the sticks for our England side.

Tom Heaton’s injury in September meant that Burnley had to rely on their previously unheard of back-up goalie for the majority of the season.

But he’s been simply brilliant, keeping 11 clean sheets and becoming a Dream Team favourite by notching more points than the likes of Thibaut Courtois and Petr Cech.

It’s been a difficult first season at Everton for Pickford

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It’s been a difficult first season at Everton for Pickford

Backing up for Pope, we’ve got Jordan Pickford (70 points) and Jack Butland (65 points), proving that it’s been a relatively disappointing season for English goalies.

Defenders:

Walker’s enjoyed a reasonably solid season for City

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Walker’s enjoyed a reasonably solid season for City

As a mainstay in Man City’s title-winning side, Kyle Walker (171 points) has been a Dream Team hero this season with over 30% of managers picking him in their side.

Joining him in our back-line is the surprise sight of Chris Smalling (191 points), who’s been a regular under Jose Mourinho this term despite rarely impressing for the Red Devils.

Yes, really

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Yes, really

Kieran Trippier (129 points) also makes the grade, despite an injury-hit first season as Spurs’ main man at right-back.

James Milner should be here too, but the midfielder-turned-defender retired from England duty nearly two years ago, so instead we’ve got Gary Cahill (121 points), Phil Jones (118 points) and James Tarkowski (118 points) as back-up.

Tarkowski has been one of the breakout stars of fantasy football this season

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Tarkowski has been one of the breakout stars of fantasy football this season

Special shout-out goes to Liverpool youngster Trent Alexander-Arnold (121 points), who also makes our squad after his breakout season.

Midfielders:

It’s been an exceptional season for Sterling

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It’s been an exceptional season for Sterling

You won’t be too surprised to hear that Raheem Sterling (265 points) is one of the best points-scoring midfielders on Dream Team this season, as the little winger has been a big part of City’s title-push. He’s sure to be one of the main men for England this summer too.

United fans will be pleased to with Lingard’s recent form

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United fans will be pleased to with Lingard’s recent form

Joining him in our midfield is Dele Alli (183 points) and Jesse Lingard (141 points), but we’re not too sure Andros Townsend (89 points) will be expecting a phone call.

Wilshere has made a stunning return to Arsenal’s first-team this term

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Wilshere has made a stunning return to Arsenal’s first-team this term

We’re gutted about Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s (101 points) injury, so instead we’ve got Ashley Young (90 points) and Jack Wilshere (70 points) in his place, along with hotshot Ruben Loftus-Cheek (69 But Demarai Gray (66 points) will be lucky to even make the back-ups list for Southgate, but he’s made our squad.

Attackers:

Who else?

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Who else?

Harry Kane (376 points) missed out on being our top points scorer this season – thanks to the brilliance of Mohamed Salah – but he’s the big name on our plane.

Joining the Spurs striker up front is Marcus Rashford (150 points), who’s certainly been helped by his two goals against Liverpool back in March.

Rashford has been ever-present for United this season

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Rashford has been ever-present for United this season

Jamie Vardy (174 points) continues to show he’s more than just a one-season wonder, netting 20 times in the Premier League this season.

The biggest surprise of the lot is surely Jay Rodriguez (118 points), who was West Brom’s main threat last season, and he’s joined by Theo Walcott (113 points) who’s probably going to miss another World Cup this summer.


Dream Team World Cup has landed

The greatest show on Earth just got that bit more exciting.

That’s because the Dream Team World Cup game is coming ahead of this summer’s tournament.

Dream Team World Cup

Can Messi finally achieve glory internationally?

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Can Messi finally achieve glory internationally?

The game officially launches on June 1but you can pre-register for the game now.

If you’re an existing Dream Team customer the World Cup game now appears in the app or you can enter here, but if you’re not follow these simple steps:

  • Download the Dream Team app
  • Create an account
  • Click on the World Cup banner below in the app and follow the pre-registration instructions

From Russia with a whole lot of love.

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