All 32 nations have to confirm their squads on Monday and Gareth Southgate has assigned numbers ahead of the tournament.
Centre halves John Stones has No 5 and Harry Maguire No 6 in what some will see as an indication of Southgate’s first-choice back line for the opening game against Tunisia on June 18.
Meanwhile, Gary Cahill has the No 15 shirt and Phil Jones No 16. Eric Dier, who is expected to play in central midfield, has No 4 and Jordan Henderson No 8.
Everton stopper Pickford seems to be in pole position as he was handed the gloves for Saturday’s warm-up victory at home to Nigeria.
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Pickford, 24, has just three senior caps but has been backed by Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate and now looks set to start in Russia.
Jack Butland and Nick Pope are England’s other goalkeepers for the tournament after Joe Hart, who featured in nine of the 10 qualifiers, was left out.
England now turn their attention to their final World Cup warm-up match against Costa Rica at Elland Road in Leeds.
They will be aiming to build on the positives from Saturday’s 2-1 Wembley win over Nigeria, in which Gary Cahill and Harry Kane scored.
From there, England will travel to their World Cup base in the town of Repino, near to Saint Petersburg ahead of their opening game against Tunisia in Volgograd on June 18.
They then play Panama in Nizhny Novgorod on June 24 and Belgium in Kaliningrad on June 28 as they aim to advance to the knockout stages.
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