England's bid for the 2022 World Cup

2022-11-21 Author: Roman Titov

England’s bid for the 2022 FIFA World Cup of the year looks a little unusual, for the fans some of the decisions of head coach Gareth Southgate remained a mystery. The coach who took the silver of the Euro failed in the summer Nations League and is going to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar under great pressure. The England squad by name looks very strong and promising, most of the leaders are not even 25.

England World Cup bid

England 2022 World Cup bid: Goalkeepers

Goalkeepers: Jordan Pickford (Everton), Nick Pope (Newcastle), Aaron Ramsdale (Arsenal).

The main number one is, of course, Pickford. However, his post-Euro performance raises questions, especially against the backdrop of Premier League leader Ramsdale and a solid season at Premier League third-team Pope. Southgate clearly won’t take the risk of bringing in Pickford’s inexperienced opponents. Jordan will stay number one if he doesn’t screw up.

England 2022 World Cup bid: defenders

Centre-backs: Harry Maguire (Manchester United), John Stones (Manchester City), Eric Dier (Tottenham), Ben White (Arsenal), Conor Coady (Everton).

Right back: Kieran Trippier (Newcastle), Kyle Walker (Manchester City), Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool).

Left Back: Luke Shaw (Manchester United)

The main subject of controversy over the application of the England team for the World Cup in Qatar is the failure of the Italian champion with AC Milan Fikayo Tomori. But Cody appeared in the national team, who has never played above average and is unlikely to appear in the starting lineup. Maguire became the hero of memes and ridicule at Manchester United, Dier is terrible at Tottenham, Southgate’s hope in playing in the 3 CB will only be on White and the Stones, who have a fairly stable season in the Premier League. On the left is poor Luke Shaw, who has no alternative, but on the right is an abundance of top players. Walker’s plus is that he can easily become the third central, Trippier and Alexander-Arnold will fiercely fight for the basis.

England 2022 World Cup bid: Midfielders

Midfielders: Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Declan Rice (West Ham), Calvin Phillips (Manchester City), Conor Gallagher, Mason Mount (both Chelsea), Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund) James Maddison (Leicester)

A promising center of the field with little experience in big tournaments is the most accurate description of the English midfield bid. “Uncle” Henderson is the only one who has gone through major tournaments other than the Euro. However, the class of young Bellingham, Foden and Mount will help the English. The problem is in the defensive midfielders - only Rice is healthy, Phillips missed more than 2 months and it is not known what form they will be in at the 2022 World Cup. Gallagher and Maddison called in for depth, they’ve been at Southgate recently.

Forwards in England squad

Forwards: Harry Kane (Tottenham), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), Callum Wilson (Newcastle), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Raheem Sterling (Chelsea), Phil Foden, Jack Grealish (both - “Manchester city”).

In the center of attack for many years everything rests on Kane, he can only be replaced by Rashford, there is no hope for the unexpectedly called Wilson with 4 matches for the national team. It is not known how the recent injury will affect the main star of the squad - Bukayo Saku, who will close the left flank. Sterling is clearly a main player on the flank or in the attacking position, Grealish can help from the bench and add creativity. With him in recent years, the England team has obvious problems.

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Approximate England squad for the first matches of the World Cup in Qatar

Head coach Gareth Southgate favors a 3 centre-back formation. Rather it will be 3-4-2-1. Approximate composition for the first matches of the World Cup: Pickford-Walker-Maguayer-Stones-Trippierre-Saka-Rice-Billingham-Sterling-Foden-Kane.