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Our World Cup 2018 Predictions: Reece

Reece’s turn to offer his thoughts ahead of Russia 2018.

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As I take some time out of relaxing on a beach 8000 miles away from The Macron Stadium to write these predictions, World Cup fever has hit the world with just five days to go until the start of the tournament.

Here are my predictions:

How far will England get? Quarter Finals. Completely reliant on where we finish in our group, and who we face in the last 16, but id be happy with a final 8 place.

Your England Starting XI: (3-5-2) Jordan Pickford, Kyle Walker, Gary Cahill, Harry Maguire, Danny Rose, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Jordan Henderson, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Dele Alli, Raheem Sterling, Harry Kane

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England’s Top Goal Scorer: Harry Kane. He has to be, surely?

Competition Winners: France. Their squad has so much strength in depth.

Runner Up: Spain. David Silva will continue the season of his life, along with seasoned winner Sergio Ramos to lead Spain to the final.

Final Four: France, Spain, Brazil, Germany.

Surprise Team: Croatia. Dejan Lovren has really devloped into a decent centre-half. That, with a midfield of Rakitić, Modrić & Brozović and the attacking option of Mario Mandžukić is the base of a very strong side and I expect they will do well.

Croatia v Brazil - International Friendly Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Flop Team: Portugal.

Golden Ball Winner: Antoine Griezmann.

Best Young player: Timo Werner.

Golden Boot: Olivier Giroud.

Golden Glove Winner: Hugo Lloris.

Surprise Player: Ruben Loftus-Cheek. Will set the world on fire and stake a place in the team of the tournament.

England v Costa Rica - International Friendly Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Flop Player: Cristiano Ronaldo. Hopefully.

Your own bonus prediction: Former Wanderer, Rodrigo Moreno, will have a sensational tournament and secure a summer move to a top 6 Premier League club. Once a Wanderer, always a Wanderer.

Spain v Switzerland - International Friendly Photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images
Bolton Wanderers v Manchester City - Premier League Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images

Also, English media to put sole blame on England’s exit from the competition on Raheem Sterling. Other than that, football’s coming home. Come on England!