Who Will Make Gareth Southgate’s England Squad For The 2022 World Cup?

Who Will Make Gareth Southgate’s England Squad For The 2022 World Cup?
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England manager Gareth Southgate will face a couple of conundrums when whittling his squad down to 26 players for the World Cup later this year.

Betting sites have released odds on who will board the plane to Qatar this winter, and they suggest that some stars face an uphill struggle.

We have rounded up the key players that should feature in Southgate’s squad if they are fit, and focused on the fringe players that must impress him in the months ahead.

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The Dead Certs

Eight players are priced at just 1/12 with BetVictor to make the squad: Mason Mount, Phil Foden, Raheem Sterling, John Stones, Declan Rice, Harry Kane, Harry Maguire and Aaron Ramsdale.

Four famous names – Jordan Pickford, Jude Bellingham, Jack Grealish and Ben Chilwell – are 1/10. Luke Shaw, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Bukayo Saka are also heavy, odds-on favourites in the World Cup 2022 betting markets.

You will also find very short odds on Kyle Walker, Kalvin Phillips, Marcus Rashford, Reece James and Jadon Sancho. Then things start to get interesting.

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One Foot on the Plane

Nick Pope, Jarrod Bowen and Jordan Henderson are all priced at 1/3 with football betting sites to feature in Southgate’s England squad. That suggests they have one foot on the plane.

You could argue that all three have a better chance than Rashford, who is 1/4, as the Man Utd forward has struggled for form this year.

We have named 23 players so far. FIFA recently announced that each manager can select a 26-man squad, meaning Southgate will have 15 substitutes at his disposal for each match.

The 23 players named thus far are not all guaranteed to feature. For instance, Chilwell has been out injured for months and the goals have dried up for Rashford – but if we assume they all go to the tournament, it leaves just three places up for grabs.

Southgate is a big fan of Kieran Trippier, who is an experienced and versatile player. He is 1/2 to head to Qatar, which seems likely. That leaves the remaining players fighting for just two World Cup berths.


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Which Central Defenders Will Join Stones And Maguire?

Southgate will surely name at least four central defenders in his 26-man World Cup squad. Stones and Maguire are seen as untouchable, even if the Man Utd captain has emerged as the butt of a million jokes this year.

The betting odds suggest that Arsenal’s Ben White and Wolves’ Conor Coady are the leading contenders - both men are priced at 1/2.

White is a similar player to Stones, so he would make a solid understudy. Coady could deputise for Maguire, and Southgate is certainly a fan of the leadership he brings to the dressing room.

Yet there are plenty of other names in the mix, including Fikayo Tomori (4/6), Marc Guehi (2/1) and Tyrone Mings (9/4).

Mings was named in the squad for the Euros last summer, and he started England’s first two games before Maguire’s return.

However, Southgate is famous for putting his faith in youth, and Mings has seemingly fallen below Tomori and Guehi in the pecking order.

Tomori has flourished at AC Milan. He has more experience than Crystal Palace’s Guehi, and he could seize a World Cup place ahead of Coady, so 4/6 looks like a tempting price.

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Midfield Maestros Make A Case For Inclusion

Rice and Phillips are likely to remain the first-choice midfielders for Southgate. Jude Bellingham belongs at this level and Henderson is a reliable pro.

However, there could be room for another midfielder now that squad allowances have been increased from 23 to 26 men. Two names stand out: Conor Gallagher and James Ward-Prowse.

Gallagher was magnificent for Crystal Palace last season. If he returns to Chelsea and assumes a bit-part role in the squad, his chances of making the World Cup squad will be slim. However, if Ward-Prowse moves this summer and continues to display the form he showed last term, he looks like a good bet at 7/4.

He is a free-kick specialist and a club captain, so he would be a useful addition to the squad, but Gallagher has a higher ceiling and looks a better bet right now.

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Who Will Deputise For Harry Kane?

Southgate will need to name at least one other striker to fill in for Harry Kane if the England captain is injured. Rashford is often used in wide areas, and his inclusion is by no means guaranteed.

There are plenty of players could deputise for the Spurs striker: Tammy Abraham, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Ollie Watkins, Danny Ings, Ivan Toney, Patrick Bamford and Callum Wilson.

Abraham is seen as the favourite, priced at just 1/2 to make the squad. He has impressed in Serie A, but he was ineffective during the recent Nations League games.

If he can return to full fitness next season, Calvert-Lewin has a great chance of sneaking into the squad at Abraham’s expense, and odds of 11/8 on him boarding the plane to Qatar look tempting.


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Interesting Long Shots For The England Squad

Kyle Walker Peters stands out as an interesting long shot at 12/1 with betting apps. If Trippier is injured, Walker Peters is the perfect replacement, as he can put in a reliable shift on either flank.

James Maddison’s chances of replacing Mount, Foden or Grealish look slim, while Bowen is ahead of Harvey Barnes and Jesse Lingard in the pecking order.

At least one player tends to gatecrash the squad after embarking on a strong run of form as the tournament looms large on the horizon. Candidates include Emile Smith Rowe (3/1), Harvey Elliott and Trevoh Chalobah (12/1).

Dean Henderson is another interesting option at 2/1 in case one of the goalkeepers is injured or struggles for form.

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