England Squad for Qatar World Cup 2022: Maddison, Wilson make England squad as Abraham, Bowen miss out
Callum Wilson and James Maddison have been selected for England's Qatar 2022 team.
Gareth Southgate decided to take a chance on Kyle Walker and Kalvin Phillips' health.
James Ward-Prowse, Tammy Abraham, Jarrod Bowen, Fikayo Tomori, and Ivan Toney are excluded.
In their team for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, James Maddison and Callum Wilson, who haven't played for England in more than three years, have been selected.
Tammy Abraham, Fikayo Tomori, James Ward-Prowse, Jarrod Bowen, and Ivan Toney suffered sadness as they were left out of the 26-man group, while Gareth Southgate chose to risk on the health of Kyle Walker and Kalvin Phillips.
On Wednesday night, Phillips played 41 minutes of Manchester City's League Cup victory over Chelsea after being out for nearly two months. Walker hasn't participated in any games since having groin surgery on October 4.
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“With 26, we were able to take a few more risks than we would have been with 23,” said Southgate. “We’re aware Kalvin won’t be able to play seven 90 minutes, but he’s a super player.”
There was no place, however, for Reece James. The Chelsea wing-back, Southgate explained, would only be fit for later in the tournament “if everything went perfectly”.
Maddison, considered one of the best players in the Premier League, won his one and only England cap in 2019.
“He’s playing really well,” Southgate said. “I think he’s playing as well as any of the attacking players in this country.
“We’ve always said he’s a good player. He’s earned the right. We think he can give us something different to the attacking players we’ve got.”
Southgate attributed the inclusion of Wilson over Abraham, who has been a fixture in recent England squads, to form. The Newcastle United striker has hit six goals in 10 Premier League games this season, while the Roma No9 has netted three times in 14 appearances in Serie A.
“Tammy’s had a poor run of scoring form at the wrong time,” explained Southgate. “It’s not a case of being three or four weeks away from the finals and our first match. We’re now 10 days [away]. Form could be more important.
“We wanted to make sure we got the balance of the squad right. I think in this day and age, the squad is more important than ever.
“We now have five substitutes. You can change almost half the team during a game. You want different options for different moments of matches and different stages of the tournament.”
England's Qatar 2022 squad
Jordan Pickford (Everton)
Nick Pope (Newcastle United)
Aaron Ramsdale (Arsenal)
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 United)
Kyle Walker (Manchester City)
Ben White (Arsenal)
Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund)
Conor Gallagher (Chelsea)
Jordan Henderson (Liverpool)
Mason Mount (Chelsea)
Kalvin Phillips (Manchester City)
Declan Rice (West Ham United)
Phil Foden (Manchester City)
Jack Grealish (Manchester City)
Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur)
James Maddison (Leicester City)
Marcus Rashford (Manchester United)
Bukayo Saka (Arsenal)
Raheem Sterling (Chelsea)
Callum Wilson (Newcastle United)
All squads are provisional until the final list of 26 players is announced by FIFA, following their submission by participating teams, on 15 November.
England‘s Group B games
England v IR Iran
21 November, 16:00 Doha time
England v USA
25 November, 22:00 Doha time
Wales v England
29 November, 22:00 Doha time
Key player: Harry Kane
At separate FIFA World Cups, no one has ever finished on top of the scoring statistics, but Kane is currently the betting favorite to do so. Those low odds are explained by the England captain's regularly strong goal-scoring performance for both club and country, and it would be a great surprise if he didn't score in Qatar.
The 29-year-old concluded the season with 12 goals in just eight games, or one every 49 minutes, making him the top scorer in Europe throughout the 2022 qualifiers. If Kane wins another World Cup, it may be the difference that propels England past the other title contenders.
England’s World Cup history
Since finishing in the same position at Italia 90, England's best performance came in the fourth-place finish at the most recent World Cup.
They have only ever performed better, naturally, in 1966. With Sir Geoff Hurst still standing as the only person in history to have scored a hat-trick in a World Cup final, the victory on home soil stands as the pinnacle of the country's football history.
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