England’s World Cup team based on FIFA 23 ratings with Trent Alexander-Arnold over Reece James, Fikayo Tomori best centre-back, Phil Foden in attack but no Jack Grealish

    Gareth Southgate’s latest England squad sparked plenty of debate – but his job would be a lot easier if he left it up to the people at EA Sports.

    FIFA are no stranger to stirring up controversy with the release of their player ratings every year, with Cristiano Ronaldo dropping down to eighth on their latest game.

    Alexander-Arnold has been called up for England’s Nations League clashes against Italy and Germany

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    Alexander-Arnold has been called up for England’s Nations League clashes against Italy and Germany

    Yet no one can argue with Harry Kane being rated as the best England player on FIFA 23, as Tottenham striker prepares to lead the line in Qatar in pursuit of asecond successive Golden Boot.

    Danny Murphy believes Trent Alexander-Arnold won’t be joining England captain Kane for the World Cup in November.

    EA however believe that the Liverpool defender is the Three Lions’ second-most important player and should be a shoo-in.

    Alexander-Arnold is two ratings higher than nearest rival Kyle Walker, and a whopping three clear of Reece James and Kieran Trippier.

    There are very high hopes for Bellingham despite his tender age

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    There are very high hopes for Bellingham despite his tender age

    The latter’s ability to play left-back for England along with his set-piece prowess has ensured his spot, with Chelsea’s Ben Chilwell remaining an 82-rated following his long-term injury.

    Man United left-back Luke Shaw, meanwhile, would find it hard to be included after he was given a huge minus four downgrade to 80 on FIFA 23.

    EA share the view of fans that centre-back seems to be England’s biggest weakness – emphasised by the lack of defenders in the country’s top 23 players.

    Only Fikayo Tomori and John Stones make the cut, with the former rewarded for a stunning Serie A winning season with AC Milan last term.

    England’s best XI according to FIFA 23

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    England’s best XI according to FIFA 23

    Ex-England striker Darren Bent was recently left dumbfounded at Harry Maguire being included in the latest England squad.

    And Maguire has dropped from England’s best central defender to third choice on FIFA 23 following a minus three downgrade.

    James Maddison is currently at the top of his game despite playing in a Leicester team bottom of the table amid continued calls for an England call-up.

    Maddison has the stats to prove it – both real and virtual – with his goal involvements in 2022 clear of his compatriots in midfield.

    The 25-year-old is also one of only two England players alongside Jadon Sancho to be among the best 23 but not be called up this month.

    Elsewhere, Jordan Pickford retains his spot between the sticks despite Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsdale breathing heavily down his neck.

    Has Tomori made himself a guaranteed starter for England?

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    Has Tomori made himself a guaranteed starter for England?

    England’s midfield and attack on FIFA 23 also seems to be on the same vein as Southgate’s for that opening game against Iran.

    Jude Bellingham partners Declan Rice in the centre, with Mason Mount the furthest of the three in the No.10 role.

    Phil Foden’s increased standing at club level has seen him leapfrog Manchester City teammate Jack Grealish in the pecking order.

    The 22-year-old joins Raheem Sterling in flanking Kane, with Grealish and Buyako Saka both having to make do with spots on the bench.

    Of course in reality, England’s World Cup squad is set to be much more conservative so in the meantime fans will have to make do seeing this team in action on the PlayStation…

    Sancho and Maddison could consider themselves unfortunate not to make the most recent England squad

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    Sancho and Maddison could consider themselves unfortunate not to make the most recent England squad

    Maguire and Shaw are among the England players to be downgraded on FIFA 23

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    Maguire and Shaw are among the England players to be downgraded on FIFA 23

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