With the launch of Sky Game, 2017/2018 winner @dancox82 gives us his early thoughts on the repercussions of the World Cup on our fantasy pre-season prep. 

As I watch the action unfold in the main event this summer I can’t help but think what effects it will have on next season. No – not Love Island, the World Cup. 

As I watched Eric Dier score the winning penalty in England’s dramatic shootout with Colombia, I’m a fully paid-up member of the ‘it’s coming home’ club. But I’m also drawn to thoughts of how will this affect the start of next season. 

Premier League

The Premier League kicks off on August the 11th. And if England can make it past Sweden into a potential semi final against either Croatia or Russia, then that game is exactly a calendar month before the season starts. But what does this mean for the likes of Harry Kane? Will he miss the start of the season? The same goes for Raheem Sterling, Dele Alli and Kyle Walker. Surely they’ll need a few weeks off before starting pre season training?

England

I’m also of the thinking that after such a heroic display against Colombia that Jordan Pickford, Harry Maguire, John Stones, Kyle Walker, Kieran Trippier, Jordan Henderson, Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane deserve a spot in my Sky Sports Fantasy Team as a reward for their endeavours. Although I may be getting a bit carried away. I did try a full England XI side but it was way over budget and your not allowed a 5-4-1 formation as the players are listed. 

Villains

Then, of course, there are the villains. I can’t see myself putting in any Colombian players anytime soon. Especially after the antics that were on display against England. Then again there’s only currently three plying their trade in the premier league in David Ospina, Davinson Sanchez and Jose Izquierdo. And Sanchez would be the only one worthy of consideration. Let’s just hope that England doesn’t lose to Belgium in the final to either a brace from Romelu Lukaku, Kevin De Bruyne or Eden Hazard. 

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