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England at the 2022 World Cup: who is in Gareth Southgate's 26-man squad?

England at the 2022 World Cup: who is in Gareth Southgate's 26-man squad?

Soccer Football - Premier League - Tottenham Hotspur vs Leeds United - Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London, Britain - Nov 12, 2022, Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane reacts. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

England is looking to win their second World Cup title at the Nov 20 to Dec 18 tournament in Qatar. Here is what you need to know about their squad:

HOW MANY PLAYERS ARE ENGLAND ALLOWED TO TAKE TO QATAR?

Teams were able to select up to 26 players for this year's World Cup after FIFA increased the maximum limit for squads by three in June, citing the unusual timing of the tournament as well as the impact of COVID-19.

Coaches had until Nov 14 to decide on their final list of 26 players.

Soccer Football - Premier League - West Ham United vs Leicester City - London Stadium, London, Britain - Nov 12, 2022, Leicester City's James Maddison Action. Photo via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge

WHO IS IN ENGLAND'S 2022 WORLD CUP SQUAD?

England's squad was announced on Nov 10.

Goalkeepers: Jordan Pickford (Everton), Nick Pope (Newcastle United), Aaron Ramsdale (Arsenal).

Everton goalkeeper Pickford has been Southgate's first choice since the 2018 World Cup and started every game at last year's European Championship.

Pope's form for Newcastle appears to have nailed down his spot as Pickford's deputy, while Ramsdale's impressive performances at Arsenal have earned his inclusion in favour of Nottingham Forest loanee Dean Henderson.

Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Conor Coady (Everton, on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Harry Maguire (Manchester United), Luke Shaw (Manchester United), John Stones (Manchester City), Kieran Trippier (Newcastle United), Kyle Walker (Manchester City), Ben White (Arsenal).

Southgate opted for four specialist fullbacks and five players who predominantly feature centrally after his options were depleted by injuries to Chelsea fullbacks Reece James and Ben Chilwell.

Walker has overcome fitness concerns to be included while White has been rewarded for an excellent season. Southgate has kept faith in Maguire despite his poor club form that resulted in him being dropped from the United team.

Midfielders: Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund), Conor Gallagher (Chelsea), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Mason Mount (Chelsea), Kalvin Phillips (Manchester City), Declan Rice (West Ham United).

Phillips recovered in time from a shoulder injury to make the cut despite a lack of match fitness. Gallagher shone for Palace last season and put himself on Southgate's radar, earning a place despite being used sparingly at Chelsea.

Teenager Bellingham will bring an energetic presence and an eye for opportunity while Rice provides a solid shield in front of the defence as well as a driving force through the middle of the pitch.

Forwards: Phil Foden (Manchester City), Jack Grealish (Manchester City), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), James Maddison (Leicester City), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), Raheem Sterling (Chelsea), Callum Wilson (Newcastle United).

Maddison and Wilson earned their first call-ups in three years after fine starts to the domestic season.

Rashford also returns to the fold after finding goalscoring form this season and will accompany talisman Kane in the striking department.

Soccer Football - Premier League - Fulham vs Manchester United - Craven Cottage, London, Britain - Nov 13, 2022, Manchester United's Luke Shaw in action with Fulham's Joao Palhinha. REUTERS/David Klein

WHO ARE THE NOTABLE OMISSIONS?

Southgate left out several in-form players including defender Fikayo Tomori (AC Milan), midfielder James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) and forwards Tammy Abraham (AS Roma) and Ivan Toney (Brentford), all of whom featured in recent squads.

WHICH TEAMS WILL ENGLAND FACE IN THE GROUP STAGE?

England will take on Iran, Wales and the United States in Group B.

WHAT WAS ENGLAND'S SQUAD AT THE 2018 WORLD CUP?

12 of the 26 players called up this time were part of the squad that reached the semi-finals under Southgate in Russia, where they lost to Croatia in extra time.

Goalkeepers: Jack Butland (Stoke City), Jordan Pickford (Everton), Nick Pope (Burnley).

Defenders: John Stones (Manchester City), Harry Maguire (Leicester City), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Kyle Walker (Manchester City), Kieran Trippier (Tottenham Hotspur), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Ashley Young (Manchester United), Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur), Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool).

Midfielders: Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea), Fabian Delph (Manchester City).

Forwards: Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Jamie Vardy (Leicester City), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Danny Welbeck (Arsenal).

Catch free highlights and moments from the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 at mewatch.sg/fifaworldcup.
Source: Reuters/cm

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