The England 2022 World Cup squad will be named in around 12 months' time; today, Gareth Southgate takes a step closer to that final 23, with his last qualification group before the Euros.
As expected, the usual faces make the cut, with Harry Kane chosen as captain - despite just one goal in the league for Tottenham Hotspur all season. Other veterans of Southgate's side including Raheem Sterling, John Stones and Kyle Walker all make the cut once more.
There is one new call-up. Emile Smith-Rowe from Arsenal is a belated choice, after Marcus Rashford, Luke Shaw and Mason Mount all pulled out of the initial selection. the Arsenal star is just 20-year-old but has featured for the Three Lions' under-21 side in the past.
Other notable admissions are Kieran Trippier and Jadon Sancho who have been left out this time around. The Atletico Madrid right-back played against Liverpool in the Champions League recently but has lost his place to Trent Alexander-Arnold, while Manchester United's Sancho has struggled for form this season.
England 2022 World Cup squad: The final qualifying squad
- GK: Sam Johnstone West Bromwich Albion
- GK: Jordan Pickford, Everton
- GK: Aaron Ramsdale, Arsenal
- DF: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Liverpool
- DF: Ben Chilwell, Chelsea
- DF: Conor Coady, Wolverhampton Wanderers
- DF: Reece James, Chelsea
- DF: Harry Maguire, Manchester United
- DF: Tyrone Mings, Aston Villa
- DF: John Stones, Manchester City
- DF: Kyle Walker, Manchester City
- MF: Jude Bellingham, Borussia Dortmund
- MF: Jordan Henderson, Liverpool
- MF: Kalvin Phillips, Leeds United
- MF: Declan Rice, West Ham United
- MF: James Ward-Prowse, Southampton
- MF: Emile Smith Rowe
- FW: Tammy Abraham, Roma
- FW: Phil Foden, Manchester City
- FW: Jack Grealish, Manchester City
- FW: Harry Kane, Tottenham Hotspur
- FW: Bukayo Saka, Arsenal
- FW: Raheem Sterling, Manchester City
How many players are England allowed to take to the 2022 World Cup?
Gareth Southgate was permitted 26 players for Euro 2020, due to the potential of COVID-19 outbreaks during the tournament. For the 2022 World Cup in Qatar - unless otherwise stated - it is expected that the squad number will be reduced back down to the usual 23.
This could well be adjusted, however, in the coming months. Substitute numbers were raised during the pandemic too, allowing five changes to be made a game instead of the regular three. This has remained this season in international competition: it is possible that the squad number will increase to 26 once more - especially with the World Cup taking place midseason.
When will the final England 2022 World Cup squad be announced?
The 2022 World Cup takes place in November of next year. It is expected that the preparations for the tournament will begin as soon as next summer.
While the next World Cup's staging is a break from the traditional football calendar, World Cup squads are usually announced around six weeks prior to the tournament beginning.
This may change with club football being played closer to the start date of the tournament.
Who will make the final England 2022 World Cup squad?
Barring injuries or bans, there are a few players that we expect to be dead certs for Gareth Southgate's final England 2022 World Cup squad.
Harry Kane has been Southgate's captain since Wayne Rooney retired from international football - it is extremely likely that Kane will lead the line once more, with Raheem Sterling in tow. Mason Mount, Kyle Walker, Jack Grealish and Declan Rice all excelled at the Euros and have enjoyed good seasons so far - it's probable that they will be included, too.
Marcus Rashford, Harry Maguire, John Stones, Luke Shaw, Jordan Pickford and Bukayo Saka are all favourites who Southgate has leant on in the past, too. It is likely that all of them will be part of the final side, barring particularly bad form over the next year.
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