Mascherano departed from Barcelona after playing 334 games for the Catalan club and joined Herbei China Fortune, a club in the Chinese Super League.
Javier Mascherano: “This story comes to an end. We gave everything until the final. Now, I’m just another fan of the Argentina team. Hopefully in the future these kids will be able to accomplish something.” pic.twitter.com/9mzsoKG5Ru
Wing-back Kieran Trippier has been the Three Lions’ set-piece star during the tournament and would surely be among the squad’s five preferred takers.
He spoke confidently about England’s prospects of succeeding where so many of their predecessors have failed, adding: “When it comes to it, whoever is selected will step up and put it in the back of the net.
“After every session we just practise. Stick to one place and put it there. You’ve just got to feel confident when you step up and try to tuck it away.”