David Beckham at wing-back, while Paul Gascoigne and Wayne Rooney among those to get the nod as talkSPORT pundits pick lifetime England XIs June 24, 2022 – Posted in: Soccer

With five months to go until the World Cup in Qatar, manager Gareth Southgate has some tough decisions to make.

His task has been made a tad easier with FIFA ruling that all managers will be able to select 26 players in their final squad, but it also means three players will have to be excluded from the matchday squad.


Southgate has a tough task of choosing his World Cup squad

Ahead of the World Cup, both Bent and Wilshere had a go at being Southgate for a day, with a twist.

The pair picked their best England XIs from players they’ve seen in their lifetime.

“I am going David James in goal,” Wilshere told talkSPORT.

“Joe Hart comes close, but David James makes it.

“It’s three at the back, Rio Ferdinand on the right, John Terry in the centre, and Sol Campbell.

“At right-wing back, I’m going for David Beckham, he played in an era where it was 4-4-2 or 4-3-3.

“Then I’m going Paul Scholes and Steven Gerrard in the middle. Left wing-back, Ashley Cole.

Lots of players from England’s ‘Golden Generation’ were picked in Wilshere and Bent’s XIs


Lots of players from England’s ‘Golden Generation’ were picked in Wilshere and Bent’s XIs

“Paul Gascoigne left of the three, just inside. Wayne Rooney up top, and either Joe Cole or Raheem Sterling… I am going Joe Cole in. He’s one of my heroes.”

Darren Bent then gave his England XI to Wilshere and Andy Goldstein.

“I have gone with David Seaman in goal.

“Kyle Walker, Rio Ferdinand, Sol Campbell, Ashley Cole.

“In midfield, David Beckham, Steven Gerrard, Paul Scholes and Raheem Sterling.

“Wayne Rooney in the hole, and Harry Kane up top.”

Wilshere’s England lifetime XI – (5-3-1-1)

Bent’s England lifetime XI – (4-4-1-1)

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