FIFA World Cup 2022 is all set to begin in mid November, but the squad of teams for this tournament is starting to take shape already. In this article, we have given England Team Analysis for World Cup 2022 and England World Cup squad and what will be the England starting 11 at the World Cup.
England World Cup 2022 Squad
Goalkeepers: Jordan Pickford (Everton), Aaron Ramsdale (Arsenal), Nick Pope (Newcastle United).
Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Conor Coady (Everton), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Harry Maguire (Manchester United), Luke Shaw (Manchester United), John Stones (Manchester City), Kieran Trippier (Newcastle), Kyle Walker (Manchester City), Ben White (Arsenal).
Midfielders: Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund), Conor Gallagher (Chelsea), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Mason Mount (Chelsea), Kalvin Phillips (Manchester City), Declan Rice (West Ham United).
Forwards: Phil Foden (Manchester City), Jack Grealish (Manchester City), Harry Kane (Tottenham), James Maddison (Leicester City), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Raheem Sterling (Chelsea), Callum Wilson (Newcastle).
England Team Analysis for World Cup 2022
Gareth Southgate has plenty of young and experienced talent at his disposal. England reached the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup and will be hoping to get their hands on the trophy this time.
It is being predicted that Southgate will switch to 3-4-3 instead of a 3-5-2 with the availability of world class forwards and wing backs. He is blessed with a lot of attacking options and an abundance of quality right-backs. The lack of a world-class centre-back is looking to be fulfilled by Harry Magiure.
To select a squad of 26 players for World Cup is a difficult task for the coach. England face IR Iran, USA and Wales in Group B.
England World Cup 2022 Lineup (Probable)
Jordan Pickford : Pickford has been one of England’s most reliable goalkeepers of this century since his introduction into the team. Although an injury has resisted Pickford to take up his place in the previous squad but he will be confident of retaining the No 1 shirt when World Cup rolls around. Another option would be Nick Pope. Pope will surely come under consideration for a starting spot at World Cup in Qatar if he continues his impressive form.
Harry Maguire : Maguire is the one constant in Southgate’s back three and will be hoping to have a similar tournament to Russia 2018. He continues to be an aerial titan, particularly defensively, and will be key to England’s European hopes. It is most likely that Maguire and Stones will be the two main centre backs. Both are first choice for two of the best teams in England at the moment and were exceptional in Russia on England’s way to the semi-finals. They are both excellent ball-players and seem to be Southgate’s first choice when the whole squad is fit. England would be hoping that Harry recovers from his injury sooner rather than later.
John Stones/Joe Gomez : Stones has been known to be injury-prone in the past. This season he showed his class as he helped his team to more than 15 clean sheets. Along with Maguire, he can form a solid CB pairing that can lead his side to victory. His heading abilities during corners are similar to Maguire, making them a great defensive pairing. Joe Gomez seems a readymade replacement for John Stones, if he failed to perform.
Kyle Walker : Kyle Walker has enjoyed an excellent domestic campaign with Manchester City and is able to play as part of a back three or back four. He is a player who has earned the England manager’s trust because of his ability to flit between formations. The England World Cup 2022 squad is blessed with an array of talent in that position, including Trent Alexander-Arnold, Kyle Walker, Kieran Trippier, Reece James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka. With our current option, two right backs can fit in the starting lineup.
Luke Shaw/Ben Chilwell : After years of struggling for form following a terrible injury, the former Southampton man has finally delivered on his potential. The 25-year-old, who made his England debut way back in 2014, seized his opportunity during the international break. Not only is he back in Southgate’s good graces, he’s one of the form Premier League players of the season – highly impressive stuff. But that’s not enough to have a place in England starting 11 at the World Cup. He will be challenged by Ben Chilwell, who is potentially one of the best left backs in the world. He is excellent at carrying the ball, he possesses great technique when delivering a cross or shooting. Chilwell is currently best at his role of wing back in the Chelsea team who have reached the finals of UCL 2021. Southgate just need the same and it would be no surprise if he picks Chilwell over Shaw.
Mason Mount/Declan Rice : The 22-year-old started all three of England’s World Cup Qualifiers, taking him to eight consecutive starts for the Three Lions. The midfielder is important to Thomas Tuchel as he offers versatility, energy, creativity and goal threat. His hold-up play, as well as his pace on the counter-attacks, make him a lethal CAM. He can play on the left-wing as well as the right-wing, giving his manager another advantage. All in all, he is the one who can rack up the assists for his team in the World Cup. The only problem is that he is more of an attacking midfielder and in the current position, Southgate will prefer a holding or defensive midfielder like Henderson or Declan Rice. Rice is part of the upcoming generation of English football and has played well for west ham and England. The West ham captain along with the west ham Center-backs, he has formed a solid trio, and his attacking skills as a CDM make him such a versatile player. Rice has enjoyed a great season with West Ham and Southgate has picked him regularly over the past 18 months.
Marcus Rashford : Marcus Rashford might be one of the first names on the sheet. Although he has not impressed so much for the past season but his talent cannot be ignored. He is dangerous on the wing and through the middle. His next task would be to win England the Euros by continuing his blistering run of form. He has matured and improved on his game over the years. His play with Luke Shaw on the left-wing can be clinical in scoring, assisting a lot of goals. We have deployed him at the left wing of the formation. Sterling will push Rashford and Foden for one of the starting spots either side of Kane. Sterling might replace him during the match as a substitute, but there are high chances that Rashford will be in the starting lineup for England.
Harry Kane : England are blessed with a number of talented wingers but without Harry Kane they won’t be able to hurt opponents. The England’s captain is one of the best English strikers for quite some time and also won the Golden Boot at the 2018 World Cup. He has scored most goals and provided most number of assists in this season of Premier League. Despite his wonderful performances in the past decade, he has not been able to win a trophy. His dream of winning a trophy is likely to be complete with England rather than Spurs. He would be leading the attack of England World Cup 2022 squad.
Jadon Sancho/Phil Foden : Jadon Sancho is just another forward star of England squad who has the ability to kill oppositions. He is still young and has a bright future ahead. Along with Rashford, he would be hoping to cut inside the defenses and score the goals into the top corner. He also is a versatile player and can play at different attacking positions as well. Phil Foden is just another option who can be deployed at right wing by Southgate. He is enjoying the best phase of his career with Manchester City and has been an integral part of his club. It would be a big surprise if he wasn’t in Southgate’s first XI, most likely on the right, although he has shown he can operate equally well from the left side.