Who Is In The England World Cup Squad? – Recap And Reaction

The England World Cup squad has finally been announced! After much waiting and months of speculation we now know who will be on the plane to Qatar.

Check out all the England World Cup squad details and reaction along with all the big names that missed out.

Who is in the England World Cup Squad


Jordan Pickford (Everton)

Nick Pope (Newcastle)

Aaron Ramsdale (Arsenal)


Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool)

Conor Coady (Wolves – on loan at Everton)

Eric Dier (Tottenham)

Harry Maguire (Manchester United)

Luke Shaw (Manchester United)

John Stones (Manchester City)

Kieran Trippier (Newcastle)

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)


Phil Foden (Manchester City)

Jack Grealish (Manchester City)

Harry Kane (Tottenham)

James Maddison (Leicester City)

Marcus Rashford (Man United)

Bukayo Saka (Arsenal)

Raheem Sterling (Chelsea)

Callum Wilson (Newcastle)

Who is in the england world cup squad


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England Squad Breakdown By Position


No surprises here as England’s starting goalkeeper since the 2018 World Cup Jordan Pickford is included. There are also two substitute ‘keepers as is standard that will travel with the team to Qatar and who could be called upon if Pickford is injured or plays poorly.

Those two backup goalies are Newcastle’s Nick Pope and Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsdale. This trio of goalkeepers are the same three that were in England’s last major tournament squad for the 2020 Euros when the team got to the final.


There are a couple interesting picks among the England defenders selected for the 2022 World Cup. Man United centre back Harry Maguire has been the cause of much criticism due to his early season performances with his club, but Southgate has stuck by him in selecting him for this squad.

Liverpool’s full back Trent Alexander-Arnold has also been the subject of much criticism given his poor defensive performances with his club this season, but he is also included in this squad.

The injured Kyle Walker is being backed to return to fitness in time for the World Cup with his selection in the 26-man panel. The Man City full back picked up a groin injury in late September. His return to fitness would be a massive boost for England’s World Cup hopes.

There was some uncertainty about whether Eric Dier of Tottenham would be part of Southgate’s squad but in the end he makes the final cut as was the general expectation.

Ben White of Arsenal was left out of England’s most recent squad in October but a return to top form with high flying Arsenal has earned him his spot back in the squad for Qatar.


There was one surprise in the midfield with Conor Gallagher of Chelsea being included in the squad. Gallagher has been in good form with Chelsea in the Premier League and could offer Southgate a decent option in midfield off the bench during this tournament.

The other names included in the midfield are as expected. Jude Bellingham has made a name for himself in Germany with Borussia Dortmund as one of the best young players in the world. Bellingham will likely be joined in the starting XI by Declan Rice of West Ham United.


There was a lot of speculation leading up this squad announcement about if James Maddison would be included in Gareth Southgate’s World Cup squad. Now we know that Southgate has decided to bring the attacking midfielder on the plane to Qatar.

Maddison’s inclusion will be a very popular decision among England fans with the Leicester player in great form so far this season in the Premier League. Up until the night before the expectation was that he would miss out but that isn’t how things played out.

Callum Wilson has also been included in the England World Cup squad by manager Gareth Southgate. The Newcastle striker has been in fantastic form this season which gave Southgate almost no choice but to include him.

Wilson will likely serve as the backup striker to Harry Kane and could be called upon should Kane suffer an injury or if England are in need of a goal in a World Cup game.

The rest of the inclusions in this part of the pitch are as expected with Phil Foden of Manchester City and Bukayo Saka being the other standout names expected to lead England’s attack in this World Cup.

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Who Missed Out On The England World Cup Squad For Qatar?

Ivan Toney

The striker has been in fantastic form this season with his club Brentford. The only English man with more goals in the Premier League than Toney is star striker Harry Kane.

Toney is currently under FA investigation for issues off the pitch so this might have been a factor in not including him in the squad.

Fikayo Tomori

Many England fans had been adamant that Tomori should be included in Southgate’s World Cup squad given the last couple seasons he has had in Serie A with AC Milan.

The centre back was particularly impressive last season in Italy after arriving from Chelsea in the summer of 2021. If England struggle in defence at Qatar then Southgate may end up regretting his decision not to pick Tomori for this squad.

Jadon Sancho

The Man United winger has struggled for form with his club this season. The arrival of Brazilian winger Antony to Old Trafford has seen Sancho lose out on playing time too which did not help the 22-year-old with his World Cup hopes.

Tammy Abraham

Abraham has struggled for form this season with Roma in Italy after an impressive season in Serie A last season. His lack of form sees him miss out on a spot in this squad.

Joe Gomez

There was speculation that Gomez might make this squad due to England suffering a massive amount of injuries in their defensive ranks. In the end, Southgate has decided not to include the Liverpool defender.

Ryan Sessegnon

Sessegnon’s name was another that was being mentioned as a result of all the injuries England have had at the full back spots, but Southgate has decided not to include the Spurs defender in his World Cup plans.

What Are England’s Chances To Win The 2022 FIFA World Cup?

The last time that England won the FIFA World Cup was in 1966, which is now 56 years ago. The World Cup heartbreak for England in the years since then has been tough to endure for fans of the Three Lions but 2022 looks to be England’s best chance at winning a World Cup in recent times.

Our odds makers have England as the 4th favourites in the World Cup winner betting market at odds of 7/1. That position in the market is a massive endorsement of the Three Lions’ hopes for World Cup glory this winter. To check out our in depth preview of England’s chances at the 2022 FIFA World Cup click HERE.


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