When is England’s squad for the World Cup announced?

Kalvin Phillips - When is England's World Cup squad announced?  -James Williamson - AMA/Getty Images

Kalvin Phillips – When is England’s World Cup squad announced? -James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images

Pep Guardiola has confirmed Manchester City’s injured duo Kyle Walker and Kalvin Phillips will not feature until Gareth Southgate names his England squad on November 10.

The duo are out with long-term injury for City and their availability for the World Cup is in serious doubt.

Walker, who underwent groin surgery in early October, is unlikely to feature for City before the World Cup and has been ruled out of England’s opener on November 21.

But Phillips, who underwent shoulder surgery in September, may be able to play a limited number of minutes before the mid-season break, but not before Southgate submits his 26-man squad to Fifa.

“Until after the World Cup they won’t be ready,” Guardiola said. “Apparently what Kalvin tells me when I find him in the canteen or the dressing room, or on the trip to Dortmund, he said he felt really good.

“His shoulder mobility is perfect. He started training in contact with the ball. He has to avoid contact with his teammates but he is doing very well. We are surprised how fast its development (has been).”

Phillips has played just one minute of Premier League football and 13 minutes in the Champions League in three substitute appearances this season. But Guardiola appeared to offer him the chance to add to those minutes, albeit in a limited way, before England flew to Qatar.

“Yes, if he is fit I believe he can play,” said the City manager. “If he’s ready, maybe he can take a few minutes, but I don’t know at the moment. We’ll see.”

The City pair have been on regular deals with Southgate over their respective situations as the England manager debates whether to select one or both.

“I think they are in contact with Gareth,” Guardiola added. “The national team managers may have more information. I hope they can get it and be ready to be selected at the end. This is a question for the national team.

When will Gareth Southgate announce his squad for Qatar 2022?

The England manager will name a 26-man squad for Qatar on November 10. The deadline for the final squads is November 13, as confirmed by Fifa.

Prior to the latter team, Southgate sent Fifa a long list of 55 players. However, this list may not be made public and the names on it may be changed at any time before the actual team is announced.

While waiting for Southgate to announce its players, Telegraph Football pundits have chosen the 26-man squads they will take to Qatar.

Who will be on the team?

Guardians

Jordan Pickford, Aaron Ramsdale and Nick Pope are well established in the squad and will remain so barring any drop in form or surprise withdrawal elsewhere.

Defenders

Even though Kyle Walker is recovering from surgery to make Southgate’s squad, he’s unlikely to be ready to play in the group stages, meaning England would still need someone. ‘one to replace the right side of a rear three.

The defense is currently Southgate’s biggest headache with James likely to miss through injury, Walker struggling and Harry Maguire yet to return from injury and horribly out of form.

With Southgate possibly having to use Trent Alexander-Arnold as a right-back in Qatar, Gomez’s club chemistry with his Liverpool team-mate could also work in his favour.

England's Trent Alexander-Arnold takes a throw-in - ACTION IMAGES

England’s Trent Alexander-Arnold takes a throw-in – ACTION IMAGES

Another player who could make a late run for the Southgate side is Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who delivered another impressive performance in Chelsea’s midfield against Aston Villa ahead of Southgate.

The fact that Loftus-Cheek has proven he can replace right-back as well is another attraction and the 26-year-old is likely to be watched by England staff again before Southgate names his squad.

Ben White and Marc Guehi will push to complete Southgate’s centre-back options, as will Fikayo Tomori who won a league title with AC Milan last season.

Southgate has, however, been loyal to Conor Coady and Tyrone Mings, who offer leadership qualities. Coady joined Everton on loan in a bid to boost his chances of getting on the plane. Eric Dier is in the picture, especially if Southgate favors a back three.

Midfielders

Declan Rice, Kalvin Phillips, Jordan Henderson, Jude Bellingham, Mason Mount and Jack Grealish should be nailed down picks if they’re fit. James-Ward Prowse, Conor Gallagher and Emile Smith Rowe are on the sidelines. Ward-Prowse’s specialist delivery could see it get the green light.

Jamal Musiala of Germany and Declan Rice of England during the UEFA Nations League - GETTY IMAGES

Jamal Musiala of Germany and Declan Rice of England during the UEFA Nations League – GETTY IMAGES

Attackers

Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling – who moved to Chelsea in the transfer window – Phil Foden and Bukayo Saka appear to be Southgate’s first-choice forwards.

Tammy Abraham could replace Kane, while Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford are fighting to regain their place and improve under Erik ten Hag at Manchester United. Jarrod Bowen has been chosen for the Nations League after a stellar campaign for West Ham last year.

There have been calls for Brentford striker Ivan Toney to be given a place but he didn’t get a chance to prove himself when called up for the squad for the Nations League clashes against Italy and Germany.

What could the team look like

Guardians: Jordan Pickford, Aaron Ramsdale, Nick Pope

Defenders: Kieran Trippier, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ben White, John Stones, Harry Maguire, Ben Chilwell, Luke Shaw, Kyle Walker, Reece James

Midfielders: Declan Rice, Kalvin Phillips, Jordan Henderson, Jude Bellingham, Mason Mount, Jack Grealish, Phil Foden

Forwards: Harry Kane, Bukayo Saka, Raheem Sterling, Ivan Toney, Jadon Sancho

Who can be a late bolter?

Liverpool youngster Harvey Elliott is a player to watch, although England are full of technical and attacking midfielders. Elliott could have the chance to impress in the coming weeks after Thiago picked up the injury in Liverpool’s draw at Fulham.

Crystal Palace’s Eberechi Eze and Michael Olise have choices to make over which country to represent at international level, but are certainly exciting.

There will be calls for Leicester City’s James Maddison to be given a second chance after an impressive start to the season. Marcus Rashford was once one of Southgate’s trusted players and two goals against Arsenal suggest he is finding form again.

Liverpool's Harvey Elliott celebrates his side's third goal - GETTY IMAGES

Liverpool’s Harvey Elliott celebrates his side’s third goal – GETTY IMAGES

How many players are England allowed to take?

World Cup squads will drop from 23 players to 26 as part of new measures introduced by Fifa to alleviate potential fatigue issues at this year’s tournament.

The world governing body has decided to increase the squad limit for the first time in the modern era so that managers can choose from a greater number of players to potentially reduce player load and minimize the risk of injury. This team must be named by the managers by November 13, eight days before the start of the tournament.

The provisional list of players will be submitted by managers by then – national associations can name 55 players on their long list which will then be reduced at a later date. There will be a limit of 26 people allowed to sit on the benches for games. This will include the 15 substitutes and 11 team officials, one of whom must be the team doctor.

What was England’s squad at the last World Cup?

Guardians: Jordan Pickford, Jack Butland, Nick Pope

Defenders: Kyle Walker, Trent-Alexander Arnold Kieran Trippier, John Stones, Harry Maguire, Gary Cahill, Phil Jones, Danny Rose, Ashley Young

Midfielders: Jordan Henderson, Eric Dier, Fabian Delph, Dele Alli, Jesse Lingard, Ruben Loftus-Cheek

Forwards: Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, Danny Welbeck, Marcus Rashford

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