During this summer’s World Cup in Russia, England reached the semi-finals. Since then, the nation has shown impressive progress in major tournaments. It will be a challenge for England to win the 2022 World Cup for the first time since 1966. The team will travel to Qatar in a bid to become champions. The group stage matches begin on Monday. It will be the first time a winter World Cup will be played in the Northern Hemisphere.
England’s World Cup squad is likely to include three players that have played in the Premier League, as well as two players from Borussia Dortmund. Raheem Sterling is expected to be in the mix, while Kyle Phillips is also a possibility.
The rest of the squad includes players who haven’t played 90 minutes for England in the past three seasons. There are a couple of injuries vying for places on the team. Reece James will miss out with a knee injury. James Ward-Prows is also injured, but should make the trip.
The 2022 World Cup is also the first winter World Cup to be held in the Northern Hemisphere. It’s also the first time that FIFA has increased the number of players allowed in the tournament from 23 to 26, a move that’s designed to reduce workloads and injuries.
England is one of the top five FIFA rankings. However, the nation has been plagued by injuries in recent months. Harry Maguire is expected to be the centre of the defense. However, he hasn’t played since early September. In the final Champions League group stage match against Dinamo Zagreb, Ben Chilwell suffered a hamstring injury.
Despite injury, Kyle Walker is in the England squad. However, he’s been struggling to get back into the team. The groin injury that he suffered against Manchester United has healed up nicely, so he should be able to play a role.
Ivan Toney missed out on the squad, despite being considered an extra forward. The former Brentford head coach was disappointed that he wasn’t included. He is averaging more than two goals per Premier League season for the past two seasons. He also ranks fourth in the country in goal involvements.
Phil Foden is another player who could be in contention. The Manchester City star hasn’t played for England since the start of the 2019/20 season, but he’s expected to make the trip. It’s also likely that he’ll start in England’s opening match against Iran.
The final squad will be announced today. It’s possible that Phil Foden, Bukayo Saka, and James Maddison could make the cut. It’s also possible that Kyle Walker will make the cut.
England’s squad is one of the strongest in recent years. It’s also one of the most experienced. Its players have won major tournaments in the past four years. In fact, it has been a dominant force in recent tournaments, reaching the final of last year’s European Championship and the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup.