My England XI: Sterling, Rooney, Hart and Cahill must make way

Wayne Rooney, Joe Hart and Gary Cahill would all not start for England if the BBC Sport audience have their way
Wayne Rooney, Joe Hart and Gary Cahill would all not start for England if the BBC Sport audience have their way

Sorry Wayne, Joe, Gary and Raheem, but the BBC Sport audience have spoken - and you might not find this pretty reading…

More than 100,000 of you picked your England team for the 2018 World Cup qualification campaign and captain Wayne Rooney, goalkeeper Joe Hart and centre-back Gary Cahill do not make the starting XI.

But it is worse for Raheem Sterling, who is not among the 23 most popular players selected from the 64 available.

Instead, you have gone for youth, with Jack Butland in goal, and centre-back John Stones, midfielder Dele Alli and striker Marcus Rashford all drafted in.

Your World Cup qualifying England XI

England's campaign begins in Slovakia in September.

Based on the 11 most-picked players, it's definitely a back four say 90% of you, but after that it gets a little messy. Lots of you plumped for a 4-4-2 (45%), but there were plenty of variations beyond that too.

So we've gone with a 4-4-2, but with licence to go all Arsenal and interchange into a 4-3-3, 4-3-1-2 or whatever takes your fancy. It's your team, after all…

My England XI
You selected a 4-4-2 as your preferred shape but the players you selected will perhaps work best in a 4-3-3 if Rashford is moved into the attacking three. Is three in midfield too risky in international football though?

No Sterling in the 23

Based on the most popular players picked, Rooney is still in the squad, while there is a fair sprinkling of players who did not make Roy Hodgson's squad for France - Leicester City's Danny Drinkwater made 30% of your teams.

But, according to you, James Milner, Jordan Henderson and Ryan Bertrand should join Sterling on the outside of the squad looking in.

Goalkeepers (3): Jack Butland, Fraser Forster, Joe Hart

Defence (6): Chris Smalling, John Stones, Kyle Walker, Luke Shaw, Danny Rose, Gary Cahill

Midfield (8): Eric Dier, Dele Alli, Adam Lallana, Ross Barkley, Danny Drinkwater, Andros Townsend, Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshere

Attack (6): Marcus Rashford, Jamie Vardy, Harry Kane, Daniel Sturridge, Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck

New faces winning fans over

West Ham's Michael Antonio (right) picked up 12.87% of the vote, over double what James Milner (5.26%) received
West Ham's Michail Antonio (right) picked up 12.87% of the vote, more than double what James Milner (5.26%) received

It seems Michail Antonio's impressive 2015-16 campaign has turned heads as the West Ham player was in 12.87% of teams, making him the most popular choice among all the uncapped options on offer.

  • Manchester United's Jesse Lingard (11.93%), as well as Antonio's West Ham team-mates Aaron Cresswell (10.78%) and Mark Noble (10.11%), were also popular uncapped choices.
  • Despite being third of all English players in the 2015-16 Premier League scoring charts, Jermain Defoe only made it into 2.99% of your teams - well behind Wilfried Zaha (4.17%) and Ruben Loftus-Cheek (6.5%).
  • We have included Wayne Rooney in the squad as he was named in more than a quarter of teams but it seems his days as a striker for England are over. The country's record goalscorer was picked as a midfielder in just under 90% of the teams he was chosen in.

The five you do not want to see

Ryan Mason (0.88%), Saido Berahino (1.27%), Tom Cleverley (0.94%), Charlie Austin (0.94%) and Tom Carroll (0.89%) received the least votes from you the BBC Sport audience
Ryan Mason (0.88%), Saido Berahino (1.27%), Tom Cleverley (0.94%), Charlie Austin (0.94%) and Tom Carroll (0.89%) were picked in the fewest teams

And who will be in charge?

In the aftermath of England's Euro 2016 exit and Roy Hodgson's snap decision to resign, we asked the BBC Sport audience their thoughts on who the next manager should be.

Glenn Hoddle came out on top of our vote for who is the next England manager. Jurgen Klinsmann is currently favourite with the bookmakers
Glenn Hoddle came out on top of our vote for who is the next England manager. Jurgen Klinsmann is currently favourite with the bookmakers

More than 22,000 of you voted in our Sportsday service and of the 18 choices we gave you, former Three Lions boss Glenn Hoddle came out on top.

Hoddle, who managed England from 1996-1999, won 60% of his games in charge, a record which betters that of Hodgson, Steve McClaren, Sven Goran Eriksson, Terry Venables, Graham Taylor and Bobby Robson.

My England XI

Who do you think should be in the England team? Pick your XI - and then share it with your friends.

The results - My England XI
PlayerPercentage of teams selected for
Eric Dier73.13
Dele Alli71.14
Chris Smalling67.51
John Stones66.20
Marcus Rashford58.71
Kyle Walker53.49
Jack Butland49.97
Jamie Vardy43.41
Luke Shaw41.45
Adam Lallana38.55
Harry Kane36.64
Ross Barkley34.14
Nathaniel Clyne33.42
Fraser Forster33.37
Danny Rose29.72
Danny Drinkwater29.66
Gary Cahill28.72
Daniel Sturridge26.54
Wayne Rooney25.57
Danny Welbeck19.35
Andros Townsend15.40
Theo Walcott14.97
Jack Wilshere14.38
Joe Hart13.48
Michael Antonio12.57
Jesse Lingard11.93
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain11.82
Raheem Sterling11.40
Aaron Cresswell10.78
Mark Noble10.11
Ryan Shawcross10.05
Jordan Henderson9.99
Leighton Baines9.59
Ryan Bertrand8.33
Callum Chambers6.87
Phil Jagielka6.80
Ruben Loftus-Cheek6.50
Phil Jones5.86
Andy Carroll5.62
Danny Simpson5.45
James Milner5.26
Marc Albrighton4.83
Kieran Gibbs4.19
Wilfried Zaha4.17
Jordon Ibe3.85
Michael Carrick3.62
Jermain Defoe2.99
Fabian Delph2.18
Steven Cook1.93
Troy Deeney1.78
Ben Foster1.75
Aaron Lennon1.67
Ashley Young1.67
Danny Ings1.59
Carl Jenkinson1.56
Tom Heaton1.43
Simon Francis1.39
Andre Gray1.27
Saido Berahino1.27
Tom Cleverley0.94
Charlie Austin0.94
Tom Carroll0.89
Ryan Mason0.88

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