England World Cup squad: Three Newcastle United stars join Arsenal and Everton players in Gareth Southgate’s squad
Gareth Southgate has revealed his 26-man England squad for the upcoming Qatar World Cup.
England’s last two tournaments have ended in semi-final and final heartbreak as Southgate’s side look to put any ghosts of their defeat against Croatia at the Luzhniki Stadium to bed. It was Kieran Trippier that sent England on their way that day with a tremendous free-kick that gave the Three Lions an early lead.
And the right-back will be given the opportunity to repeat those feats this time around after being named in Southgate’s final World Cup squad. Trippier has been in tremendous form for Newcastle United this season and, with Reece James unnamed in the squad and lingering doubts over the fitness of Kyle Walker, is likely to feature for the Three Lions during the tournament.
Nick Pope, who saved three penalties during Newcastle’s Carabao Cup win over Crystal Palace on Wednesday night, has also been named in the 26-man squad, thanks to a sterling season in-goal for the Magpies. Pope has conceded just 11 goals this season - matched only by fellow England stopper Aaron Ramsdale.
Both will likely act as deputy to Everton’s Jordan Pickford who has often been favoured by Southgate and has performed well on the biggest stage for his country. Pope has ten England caps to his name and will be hoping to add to this tally in Qatar.
Callum Wilson’s form in-front of goal for Newcastle has earned him a call-up to the national side, three years after his last appearance for the Three Lions. On that occasion, the 30-year-old featured for 15 minutes at the end of England’s 6-0 hammering of Bulgaria in October 2019.
Wilson has scored six goals so far this season for Newcastle and has seemingly hit form at the right time to force himself into Southgate’s plans. With Harry Kane set to lead the line for the Three Lions, Wilson will likely be used as back-up to the Tottenham Hotspur man.
England squad in full: Jordan Pickford, Nick Pope, Aaron Ramsdale, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Conor Coady, Eric Dier, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw, John Stones, Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker, Ben White, Jude Bellingham, Conor Gallagher, Jordan Henderson, Mason Mount, Kalvin Phillips, Declan Rice, Phil Foden, Jack Grealish, Harry Kane, James Maddison, Marcus Rashford, Bukayo Saka, Raheem Sterling, Callum Wilson