Who would start in a Great Britain XI?
With rugby league bringing back the Great Britain Lions this year, we take a look at who could make the cut for a British starting XI in football.
Goalkeeper – Jordan Pickford
There won’t be much surprise that an England team that reached the semi-finals of the last World Cup dominate the side, with Everton shot-stopper Jordan Pickford a likely starter between the sticks.
Pickford, like all keepers, has had some high-profile errors in the past but the 25-year-old appears to have grown from those and is still England’s first-choice goalkeeper.
Defenders – Trent Alexander-Arnold, John Stones, Harry Maguire, Andrew Robertson
Again, English players dominate in defence, with the Manchester City- Manchester United duo of John Stone and Harry Maguire looking solid in the heart of a back-four.
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Trent Alexander-Arnold impresses week in week out for Premier League front-runners Liverpool, while his team-mate, Andrew Robertson does likewise on the opposite flank.
Robertson has had a tough time of things on the international stage with a struggling Scotland squad but, as skipper of his country, he is often one of the standout performers for the Scots.
Midfielders – Aaron Ramsey, Jordan Henderson, John McGinn
Having called time on his spell at Arsenal, Aaron Ramsey is now back fit and shining for Serie A giants Juventus.
The Gunners could really use a player like Ramsey back in their side at the moment and the Welshman makes the cut for our British XI.
Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson also earns a place, with the latest captain to lift the Champions League trophy being a real leader both on and off the field.
Aston Villa star John McGinn might be a surprise selection for some but this player has real talent and is bound to be picked up by one of the bigger clubs in the Premier League sooner or later.
Manchester United were sniffing around the former Hibernian star over the summer and might be tempted to make a move for McGinn at the end of the season, if the Scot continues his impressive form.
Forwards – Raheem Sterling, Harry Kane, Gareth Bale
Selecting a front three was arguably the hardest task, with some rising stars like Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford and Tammy Abraham just missing the cut for the starting XI.
Raheem Sterling could possibly be one of the first names on the teamsheet, as he has emerged as one of the best in the business over the last couple of seasons.
There are no longer any concerns regarding his finishing ability, and the Manchester City star is at the top of his game right now.
The same can’t be said for Tottenham and England forward Harry Kane but he does make the cut for our squad.
Spurs have been low on confidence but Kane is likely to be the man to help the north London outfit rise out of their recent slump.
Despite his injury problems, Gareth Bale completes our British XI.
The Real Madrid ace has been forced to deal with constant speculation surrounding his future with Los Blancos as well as a number of injury problems.
Yet Bale has enjoyed a strong start to the season and at 30 years old still has plenty more to offer.
A Sterling, Kane and Bale attack would send shivers down the spines of any defence across the globe.