FIFA World Cup Qualifiers: Southgate names 23 man squad; Patrick Bamford called up while Greenwood misses out- Three Lions head coach Gareth Southgate has named his squad for the upcoming FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers on Thursday. The Euro 2020 finalists will square off Hungary, Andorra, and Poland in September with 50- year-old manager set to announce his squad on Thursday.
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Premier League stars Mason Greenwood and Trent Alexander-Arnold were reported to be in contention for a return to the national team set-up. The duo missed out on playing in the Euro 2020 after sustaining injuries before the tournament. While Trent Alexander-Arnold has been handed a comeback, Mason Greenwood is left out of the 23 man squad.
Trent Alexander-Arnold put in solid performances at the back which saw Liverpool keep consecutive clean sheets. He has been rewarded for his excellent performances with Southgate calling up the Liverpool star to the national team once again.
Greenwood on the other end found the back of the net in both games for Manchester United. Despite having a good outing in the Premier League, the United star has been left out with Leeds’ striker Patrik Bamford making the cut.
Southgate made very minimal changes to the squad he picked for Euro 2020 having reached the finals of the competition, losing it merely on penalties. With Harry Kane set to lead the team once again, the 50-year-old will rely on the Spurs star to help his side cement a slot in the upcoming 2022 world CUp as soon as possible.
The Three Lions head coach had to cut-short his list this time around. The English boss was allowed to call up 26 footballers at Euro 2020 but the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers limited his selection to only 23 players. However, the 50-year-old will still get the chance to make five substitutions in each game.
England FIFA World Cup Qualifiers- Squad announcement
Date- 26 August
Time 2 PM BST( 6:30 pm IST)
England FIFA World Cup Qualifiers Schedule
The Three Lions are set to play their first World Cup qualification match at Puskas Arena in Budapest on September 2 before taking on Andorra at the Wembley stadium. They end their current rounds of World Cup qualifiers on September 8 with the last match set to be in Warsaw against Poland.
England FIFA World Cup Qualifiers Schedule according to IST
Hungary v England
September 3, Friday
12: 15 AM (IST)
Puskas Arena, Budapest
England v Andorra
September 5, Sunday
9:30 PM (IST)
Poland v England
September 9, Thursday
12:15 AM (IST)
National Stadium, Warsaw