Hammers In Russia: Which Claret & Blue Stars Could Be Heading To The World Cup With England?

West Ham Opinion

So, with Gareth Southgate’s England securing their place at next summer’s World Cup in Russia, many Hammers may have pondered, which West Ham United Players will be on the Plane with The Three Lions?

Today, we analyse and predict which of our English Claret & Blue Stars may tickle the fancy of Southgate for England selection and ultimately attempt to answer the aforementioned question.

Joe Hart

The keeper is almost certain to be heading to Russia, baaing any kind of injury or suspension in the run-up, as he has already proved to be Southgate’s No1.

Despite not always impressing in East London so far, this season, he kept three clean sheets in the month of September and his most recent one came at Wembley in the vital victory over Slovenia last week.

If he does travel, Hart will be the second Hammers keeper in the last three World Cups to be travelling with England, but he will hope that his fate is different from that of Rob Green and his nightmare in the South Africa 2010 Tournament.

Overall, the shot-stopper is the third highest capped Three Lions keeper having featured 74 times in Blue and White, Russia will be his third World Cup if he touches down in Russia in June.

Aaron Cresswell

Much like Hart, the defender is another that, with a successful and injury free 2017/2018 campaign, will be heading to Russia next summer.

Earning his first cap against Spain last November, he has been a favourite of Southgate and featured again in France in the spring, but is yet to start for The Three Lions, something that could change tonight against Lithuania.

However, Cresswell has the likes of Ryan Bertrand and Danny Rose to compete with in the left-back position and one would feel that he would need a little help from injuries to gain a starting place.

Michail Antonio

Although not featuring in the last three England Squads due to injury and recovery, when he is at the peak of his form, he is very hard to ignore from a selection standpoint.

Despite being picked for four England Squads, Antonio is yet to feature in a Match and unluckily had to pull out of last April’s with a hamstring injury. Since returning from injury, he has been plagued with several niggles and has struggled for form.

But, such is his quality, the 2016/2017 Hammer of the Year would almost definitely be heading to his first World Cup in Russia, even if he showed half of the form that he is capable of over the course of this campaign.

Andy Carroll

Despite having the more outside chance of the four mentioned so far, Carroll’s name is frequently mentioned when it comes to selection due to his unique and unstoppable style when in form.

His last appearance for England came in October 2012 at home to San Marino and his last goal against Sweden at EURO 2012, but it must be stated that injuries have contributed toward his England exile.

If Carroll manages to stay fit and stay in the goals this season under Slaven Bilic, Gareth Southgate will certainly have to consider the former Liverpool man. However, with so many attacking options available at his disposal, one would feel that the chances of Carroll going to Russia are very slim.

Mark Noble

For several years, it has been the dream of every Hammer to see their “Noble” Captain finally get the chance to represent his Country, but it has somehow never happened.

While some pundits regard him as “one of the best players never to have played for England”, the closest that he came was in 2016 when he was in the form of his life and was not picked by Roy Hodgson for the ill-fated EURO 2016 Squad, a decision that was criticised by many.

However, as years tumble on and his powers fade, the chance is becoming more anorexic by the week, but The Claret & Blue Army can still dream that justice will be done one day for the former England U21 skipper, could it be at Russia 2018?

So, now that we have profiled our Hammers with the best chance of representing England next summer.

Do you think that others can make it? Do you think these Players can make it? Or, do you just want to be heard on this topic? Join the debate @MooreThanAClub on Twitter.

About the Author

Luke Glanville
Lead Writer and Site Manager of MTJAC, Sub-Editor for the Falbros Media Group.