The summer of 2018 will be remembered for two things; Love Island series four and football coming home. So what about the Love Island England players?
Fans of football and reality TV fanatics rarely see eye to eye, which is why we’ve drawn similarities between the Love Island 2018 cast and the England World Cup squad.
As gaps in the WC schedule start to appear, here’s a little article to help you understand Love Island and score some serious brownie points with the better half.
Wes Nelson – Jordan Henderson
Just like Jordan Henderson is to the England team, Wes is a key cog in the Love Island cast.
Does he do anything spectacular? No, not really, but he is considered a mainstay in the show.
Both Wes and Hendo go about their business quietly – the undercover bossman type.
What Jordan Henderson being boss. No suprise.
— Anger translator (@Stuart_Weal) June 25, 2018
Wes playing the game like an absolute boss #LoveIsland
— James Wheeler (@Wheeler_JR) June 20, 2018
Sam Bird – Kyle Walker
Sam Bird thinks he’s seriously cool. He’s not.
The personal trainer from Norwich gave himself the nickname of ‘The Bird’ and uses it as if everyone else does. No-one does.
Check out Sam’s dodgy eyebrows and tell us that it’s not dissimilar to Walker’s tramline haircut and random goatee.
— Tamara-Lee Lewis (@harptamara) June 20, 2018
Kyle Walker asks for his hair and beard to be cut that way. Let that sink in.
— andrew dickson (@dicko09) March 27, 2018
Rosie Williams – Jesse Lingard
England’s Jesse Lingard is bursting with energy, fronting the most swag and sass out of all the Three Lions – dancing, celebrating, doing impossible handshakes.
While Jesse doesn’t strut the same hip-thundering walk as Rosie, they’re definitely the king and queen of sass.
Rosie’s sass in her walk is just everything 💁🏽♀️ #loveisland
— Loren Green (@LorenGreen__) June 19, 2018
Laura Anderson – Gary Cahill
The England team needed at least one reliable and experienced head in the squad, and Gary got the nod.
Laura has all the same attributes in ageing legs and a distinct lack of chemistry with the younger stars.
Picture Gary attempting to floss with Dele Alli – that’s Laura in most social situations.
Watching a 29 yr old women cry over a 20 yr old boy.
Stop that Laura #LoveIsland
— Dublin Girlo (@dublin_girlo) June 25, 2018
Gary Cahill, grassing on his mates pic.twitter.com/ikIO9qRpni
— Joe Walker 🎙 (@ohjoewalker) June 18, 2018
Eyal Booker – Phil Jones
Drawing any comparison from a professional sportsperson to Eyal Booker isn’t easy.
Eyal is the type of guy who would say “soccer” and simply prove a massive f*ckin headache when you’re trying to watch the game down the pub.
And who seems like the weirdest bloke in the England squad… Big Phil Jones.
⬇️ Certainties In Life:
3️⃣ Phil Jones Face 😂 pic.twitter.com/EuCbszOvEg
— SPORF (@Sporf) April 21, 2018
Ellie Brown – Nick Pope
If you’re scanning through the Love Island cast, looking for someone who was unconvincingly chucked into the mixer, then look no further than Ellie.
She’s set to break Dr Alex’s heart and could well be the next contestant to be dumped from the island.
So, just like Nick Pope, don’t expect a lot.
— Kyxox (@Andthxtsthetea) June 24, 2018
Adam Collard – John Stones
We’ve all got our fingers crossed, praying that John Stones doesn’t do something stupid.
And that’s basically what it’s like if you’re a mega fan of Adam Collard.
It’s only a matter of time before both of them balls something up, with neither the best at ‘decision making’.
At least Adam knows how to ‘get rid’…
John Stones was the only member of that back three who didn’t make and mistakes or dodgy passes today. Who’d of thought that would have been the case before the match started? #bbcworldcup
— Will Nicholls (@wrjn37) June 18, 2018
Zara McDermott – Harry Maguire
If Adam Collard is John Stones then his partner in crime, Zara McDermott, has to be Harry Maguire.
Both Hazza and Zara do a job with little thrills, although neither are the type whose name you’d have plastered across the back of a shirt.
oh zara you’re boring all girls think they can tame the bad boy u stupid bint #loveisland
— TJW (@timikiawisher) June 21, 2018
Samira Mighty – Ruben Loftus-Cheek
Both Samira Mighty and Ruben Loftus-Cheek have a likeable air of swag about them.
It’s not try-hard like Rosie Williams (Jesse Lingard) but naturally badass.
Will she make the final? Will Loftus make the starting XI?
Loftus-Cheek gotta be the CEO of Fine Men pic.twitter.com/s8yCQVb0YD
— Daddy CHO (@Chidubem_OH) June 24, 2018
Jack Fincham – Dele Alli
Jack Fincham is something of an icon when it comes to Love Island 2018.
He’s cute, dweebish and simply adorable. If you can picture one cast member going the Dele Alli wave then it would have to be Jack the Lad.
Megan Barton-Hanson – Fabian Delph
Megan Barton-Hanson is a bit of a utility player – she will go anywhere with anyone.
Having started off Love Island 2018 flirting with Dr Alex, Megan soon changed positions to Eyal Booker, and now looks as if she would happily slot into the Wes Nelson girlfriend role.
Delph gets a lot of stick but I like him think he’s a decent utility player
— Jordan Brett (@judleybum) June 7, 2018
Hayley Hughes – Raheem Sterling
Hayley Hughes has become the scapegoat for everything that is wrong with Love Island.
A whiney and ditsy model from Liverpool, Hayley has become a picture for everything that is wrong with the ITV2 series.
Similarly, Raheem will never do right in the U.K media and has struggled to win over more fans following performances like that game against Panama. Certainly not one of the strongest Love Island England players.
Interesting that Raheem Sterling was again (unfairly, I think) rated as England's worst player of the 14 on the BBC's fan rating thing. His substitution was cheered in local pub vs Tunisia, and called greedy and lazy. Front pages really do shape opinion.
— Daniel Storey (@danielstorey85) June 24, 2018
Dani Mas Dyer – Jamie Vardy
Dani Dyer’s having a party!
Alike Jamie Vardy, daughter of Eastenders actor and Deadliest Men presenter Danny Dyer, Dani, is a bit of a lad.
Both Jamie and Dani go for Blue WKD as their choice of drink at weekends, and we imagine that their spelling game is on similar levels.
— Love Island (@LoveIsland) June 25, 2018
Josh Denzel – Ashley Young
Josh Denzel: Doing bits, playing a useful role, not exactly causing any excitement.
If Ashley Young pulls out a 30-yard screamer then he will go from a ‘does the job’ player to an absolute hero – same can apply for Josh Denzel and his reluctant tagging along in the show so far.
Ashley Young's little cut ins from the left and a whipped cross is the most electrifying move in sports entertainment.
— Alex Shaw (@AlexShawESPN) June 18, 2018
Kendal Rae Knight – Danny Welbeck
One big glaring miss.
It’s Danny Welbeck, AKA Kendal Rae Knight.
Charlie Frederick – Eric Dier
Eric Dier has been unlucky to fall down the pecking order under Gareth Southgate.
A sure starter 12 months ago, Dier is more of a bench warmer now.
Likewise, we would’ve loved to have seen more of Charlie in the Majorca villa, but just like Eric Dier, there are better options out there.
— Charlie Frederick (@charliefredders) June 19, 2018
Georgia Steel – Marcus Rashford
Georgia has boundless amounts of energy and is the youngest contestant in the villa at 20-years-old – the same age as Rash-Rash.
There’s always the potential for Georgia to steal the show, although it looks more likely that she will remain more on the sidelines.
Positive mind 🧠 Positive vibes 💯 pic.twitter.com/aaixsBLXZk
— Marcus Rashford MBE (@MarcusRashford) June 22, 2018
Niall Aslam – Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
Could have done very well on the big stage but basically pulled out because of injury.
Niall Aslam = Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Alex George – Harry Kane
Currently, Love Island’s knight in shining armour who can’t do wrong.
That could be about to change following a heated row with Ellie Brown, although we fully expect Dr Alex to lead the way to the final, just like Kane will do with England.
Alex get’s a text – it’s coming home! Definitely one of the best Love Island England players in the competition.
I'm still trying to get my head around just how good Harry Kane is.
Best Striker in the world by a mile. pic.twitter.com/ZRZwNnLxyI
— Footy Accumulators (@FootyAccums) June 25, 2018
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