With just over one month until the 2022 World Cup kicks off, attention has begun to switch towards which England players will be announced in Gareth Southgate’s squad for the tournament.
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But the question remains, who will Southgate select in his 26 man squad and which players are at risk of missing out?
Harry Maguire – Manchester United
It was a troublesome final game of the international break for Harry Maguire, who was at fault for two of Germany’s three goals against England.
There has been much speculation around the Manchester United captain’s place in the squad, with a recent injury casting further doubt on his World Cup credentials.
He’s been a favourite of Southgate during his time in charge of England, but with fitness and form both a worry, Maguire is less-than secure ahead of the tournament.
Kyle Walker – Manchester City
From one Southgate loyalist to another, it’s estimated Kyle Walker could be out of action for up to four weeks, leaving him next to no time to prepare for the World Cup.
Like Maguire, Walker has been a fixture in both of Southgate’s tournament teams as England boss, but fitness worries could force the Three Lions boss to look elsewhere.
Arsenal’s Ben White has already been dubbed as Walker’s potential replacement, with the signs looking ominous for the City full-back.
Tammy Abraham – Roma
Praised for his performances in a Roma shirt, Tammy Abraham has been a regular member of the England squad in recent months, without ever having made an impact on the pitch.
The former Chelsea man played just 65 minutes across England’s recent Nations League campaign, failing to register a goal or an assist.
What’s more, the goals have also dried up for Abraham at Roma, with the 25-year-old having netted just once this season and with the likes of Ivan Toney scoring for fun in the Premier League, the Roma forward’s status as Harry Kane’s deputy could be under threat.
Marcus Rashford – Manchester United
Missing a penalty in the Euro 2020 final, Marcus Rashford has not since had the opportunity to rectify his mistake, having missed out on every England squad since.
It had been mooted that the United forward would be making a return to the squad following a positive start to the campaign, only for an injury to rule him out of contention.
Without any more international breaks before the World Cup, Rashford will have to prove his worth to Southgate with his performances for United, or risk missing his first international tournament since Euro 2016.
Jarrod Bowen – West Ham United
First included in an England squad this summer, Jarrod Bowen retained his place for the September internationals, amidst reports he was set to miss out.
Bowen has had a steady start to the campaign for West Ham United, with the feeling that the explosive winger still has work to do to confirm a sport in the 26 man squad.
Goals in back-to-back games against Wolverhampton Wanderers and Fulham will have helped Bowen’s cause, as the days to Qatar 2022 begin to edge closer.
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