6 Players to Restore England's Pride at the 2018 World Cup in Russia

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 6 Players to Restore England's Pride at the 2018 World Cup in Russia
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England's 2014 World Cup campaign will be remembered as one of the most disappointing in their history.

Two defeats in their first two matches saw them eliminated inside a week of their tournament beginning, resulting in a group-stage exit for the first time since 1958.

Not that there haven't been signs of improvement in England's play. The slow, predictable style that has characterised many of their recent tournament efforts has gone, replaced by a willingness to go forward in numbers with pace and inventiveness.

Ultimately, though, England's inability to beat sides with one or two world-class players remains, and history won't be kind to Roy Hodgson and his 2014 squad, with Costa Rica's progression from group D putting their inability to qualify for the round of 16 into sharper focus.

Here at Bleacher Report, we've been looking to the future and have come up with six players who could prove to be key men for England at the next World Cup in Russia.

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