Gareth Southgate has announced England’s 26-man squad for the 2022 World Cup.
As expected, the Three Lions coach has remained loyal to his favourites with Harry Maguire and Kalvin Phillips both selected despite limited involvement for their clubs this season.
But the 52-year-old coach has been flexible to some extent with his decision to include James Maddison off the back of the Leicester playmaker posting a mountain of goals and assists in the last year.
Callum Wilson, Ben White and Marcus Rashford have also made the cut after impressive performances for Newcastle, Arsenal and Man United respectively in recent weeks.
Tammy Abraham misses out having failed to carry over his goalscoring touch from last season into the new campaign for Roma, as does Milan’s Fikayo Tomori.
Kyle Walker features despite having not played for Man City since October 2nd through injury.
There’s no place for Brentford’s Ivan Toney, who was included in the previous squad but didn’t get on the pitch.
England are in Group B alongside Iran, USA and Wales.
ENGLAND’S 26-MAN SQUAD:
GOALKEEPERS: Jordan Pickford, Nick Pope, Aaron Ramsdale
DEFENDERS: Kieran Trippier, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Kyle Walker, John Stones, Harry Maguire, Conor Coady, Eric Dier, Ben White, Luke Shaw
MIDFIELDERS: Declan Rice, Kalvin Phillips, Jude Bellingham, Mason Mount, Jordan Henderson, James Maddison, Conor Gallagher
FORWARDS: Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, Bukayo Saka, Phil Foden, Marcus Rashford, Jack Grealish, Callum Wilson
Naturally, England players will be immensely popular among Dream Team World gaffers.
At this stage, Trippier, Kane, Foden and Bellingham are among the ten most-selected players in the game though the outlook is changing rapidly as more and more gaffers submit their provisional teams.
Remember, player prices will be finalised next week once the official deadline for squad submissions has passed – that’s also when the player list will be bulked out.
You can make as many changes to your XI as you like before the first match gets underway so there’s no need to delay, get involved today – the World Cup is now just ten days away!