Gareth Southgate is predicted to call his provisional England squad for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar this week. Because the build-up to the massive announcement continues, Express Sport takes a glance through the squad he took to Russia in 2018 and the way each player has fared since.
Jordan Pickford was named Southgate’s No 1 in Russia after his first season at Everton. He’s still at Goodison Park, also stood between the sticks at Euro 2020, and is predicted to achieve this again in Qatar.
Jack Butland was highly rated at Stoke City in 2018, but his profession has fizzed away for the reason that World Cup, leaving the club to turn out to be a backup option at Crystal Palace this summer. He isn’t expected to be in Southgate’s squad this time around.
Many were rooting for Nick Pope to be named Southgate’s No 1 on account of his impressive exploits at Burnley 4 years ago. After making a powerful begin to life at Newcastle United this season, he might be the Everton stopper’s most important competition again in Qatar.
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Kyle Walker remains to be at Manchester City; the one difference from 2018 is he has much more of a taste for silverware now. He’s facing a race for fitness ahead of next month’s tournament but is nearly a certainty to make Southgate’s provisional squad.
Trent Alexander-Arnold, like Walker, has spent the last 4 years difficult for the very best honours in club football at Liverpool, but he hasn’t at all times been favoured for England. His World Cup status is more precarious amid a difficult campaign, but Reece James’ absence through injury could open the door for his inclusion.
Kieran Trippier, then a Tottenham Hotspur player, was a vital figure in England’s 2018 squad. Who could forget THAT free-kick within the semi-finals? He’s since shone overseas, winning La Liga with Atletico Madrid, and is now back within the Premier League with Newcastle United. It would be a surprise if he didn’t make the cut.
John Stones remains to be at Man City and has been playing a few of the perfect football of his profession in recent seasons. If he’s fit, he needs to be a certain starter in central defence originally of England’s campaign in Qatar.
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Because the 2018 World Cup, Harry Maguire has accomplished an £80million switch to Manchester United and turn out to be the club’s captain. But a protracted spell of bad form has meant his stock is significantly lower than it was 4 years ago. He still has Southgate’s trust, though, and can likely proceed his partnership with Stones.
Gary Cahill was a significant player for Chelsea in 2018 but is currently a free agent after spells with Crystal Palace and AFC Bournemouth from 2019 to earlier this yr. His last England cap got here on the Russia World Cup before stepping except for international duty.
Phil Jones, now 30, was included in Southgate’s 2018 World Cup squad on the back of creating 23 Premier League appearances in 2017-18 – his most for Manchester United since 2013-14. Despite by some means still lurking within the United squad, his six league outings across the last 4 seasons probably don’t warrant a spot at this yr’s grand event.
Danny Rose went to Russia as Ashley Young’s backup, but there won’t be room for him this yr. Tottenham released the 32-year-old in 2021 before he joined Watford on a two-year deal. Nevertheless, his contract at Vicarage Road was mutually terminated one yr early in September after their relegation to the Championship and he stays and not using a club.
Young thrived as England’s first-choice left-wing-back on the 2018 World Cup during a two-year stint above Luke Shaw within the United pecking order. He’s back within the Premier League with former club Aston Villa after a stint at Inter Milan, but Shaw will likely be picked ahead of him on this occasion after a stellar Euro 2020 campaign.
Jordan Henderson was in his prime years when the 2018 World Cup rolled around. The 32-year-old remains to be Liverpool’s captain but has played a reduced role this season and the subsequent generation – Declan Rice and Jude Bellingham – has seemingly surpassed him in Southgate’s considering. He’ll likely be within the squad, but for leadership within the dressing room greater than anything.
Eric Dier scored the decisive penalty in England’s first-ever competitive penalty shoot-out win against Colombia on the 2018 World Cup. After his Euro 2020 exclusion, he could have felt it was his final international tournament. But Antonio Conte has revitalised his profession at Tottenham, and he received his first call-up in 18 months in September. Dier is currently in line to be a starting centre-back in Qatar.
Fabian Delph was at Manchester City in 2018 before joining Everton a yr later. In September, after three seasons on Merseyside, Delph announced his retirement from skilled football aged 32.
After appearing on the 2018 World Cup as one of the crucial exciting young English talents in recent history, Dele Alli’s once-promising profession dramatically declined. Tottenham sold him to Everton in January, but he didn’t impress Frank Lampard and joined Besiktas on loan in the summertime. Still just 26, there’s time for an Alli resurgence story, but he’s out of the England frame for now.
Jesse Lingard earned mass plaudits throughout the World Cup in Russia while in a few of the perfect type of his profession for United. He was unlucky to narrowly miss out on a Euro 2020 spot after an impressive short loan spell at West Ham in 2020-21, but things have not worked out for him since leaving Old Trafford for Nottingham Forest as a free agent.
Southgate took a punt on Loftus-Cheek in Russia after he enjoyed a positive loan spell at Crystal Palace in 2017-18. But he hasn’t earned an England cap since 2018 and is currently a rotational player at Chelsea. His Blues teammate, Conor Gallagher, is likelier to make his international tournament bow in Qatar.
After captaining England on the 2018 World Cup – by which he won the Golden Boot – and Euro 2020, Harry Kane will wear the armband again in 2022. Now just two goals behind Wayne Rooney, the Tottenham Hotspur icon could turn out to be the Three Lions’ record goalscorer on the tournament.
Raheem Sterling was the star man of England’s run to the Euro 2020 final last summer, and, despite leaving Man City for Chelsea this yr, he’s a surefire starter on the World Cup. It can be Sterling’s third World Cup after making his tournament debut as a youngster in Brazil in 2014.
Danny Welbeck was taken to the 2018 World Cup as a squad player, despite scoring just five Premier League goals for Arsenal within the previous season, and hasn’t featured for England since. He has since played for Watford and is currently at Brighton & Hove Albion, where he has proven his price as a top-flight striker. Nevertheless, there at the moment are plenty more enticing options at Southgate’s disposal.
Marcus Rashford was only 20 in his first World Cup in Russia, and there have been questions over whether he would make the cut in 2022 after suffering a dramatic drop in form at United last season. But he has looked revitalised under Erik ten Hag and has left Southgate with an enormous decision to make in attack.
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