- Gareth Southgate’s team eased through qualification process for tournament
- But there is a lack of experience in the squad going into the competition
- Kyle Walker believes squad may lack experience for latter stages of World Cup
Kyle Walker believes England winning the World Cup in Russia would take a ‘miracle’.
Gareth Southgate’s side breezed through the qualification process for the 2018 edition of the competition, taking top spot in Group F with 26 points and an unbeaten record over their games.
But they will face tougher teams this summer, having been drawn in a group alongside Belgium, and they are not considered to be one of the favourites for the tournament.
Kyle Walker believes it would be a ‘miracle’ if England managed to win the World Cup
Walker is impressed by Southgate’s options but believes a young squad with a lack of experience may hold England back from winning the World Cup.
Speaking to talkSPORT about England’s chances, Walker admitted: ‘To win it is going to be a miracle.
‘We have got the players to do it as a lot of us play in probably the best league in the world but have we got the experience going further along in the competition? No we haven’t.’
The most experienced player in the last squad, Joe Hart, who has 75 caps, is at risk of missing out on a place in Russia.
Walker highlighted a lack of experience in the squad when it comes to reaching later stages
He is facing fierce competition from Burnley’s Nick Pope to be Southgate’s third choice goalkeeper for the competition.
And Hart damaged his own chances with an error against Stoke in the Premier League on Monday evening.
Sportsmail columnist Chris Sutton suggested on BBC 5Live he should not go: ‘There are three better goalkeepers. You cannot take someone because they are a nice bloke and good in the dressing room.’
Southgate has to name his final squad for the tournament on June 4.
Experienced goalkeeper Joe Hart damaged his own chances of making squad with an error
Sportsmail columnist Chris Sutton said on the radio that Hart should not be in the squad
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