England have had a dream run under manager
Gareth Southgate over the past four years. The Three Lions reached their first
World Cup semi-final since 1990 in 2018 in Russia before falling just a penalty
shootout away from winning their first major trophy since 1966 at Euro 2020.
The expectation around the country is that England should build on these strong
performances at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, but their recent form
England have failed to win each of their
last six games in all competitions in 2022 and endured a dismal UEFA Nations
League campaign, seeing them finish at the bottom of their group. Gareth
Southgate has come under fire for his pragmatic style of play which holds back
the attacking talent at England’s disposal. The injuries to Reece James and
Kyle Walker and the poor form of Harry Maguire have also pointed questions
towards England’s defensive frailties, forcing Southgate to potentially start
with three central defenders to mask the issues at the back.
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Star player –
Harry Kane’s form at Qatar 2022 will
largely dictate how far England will go in the tournament this winter. Kane was
the Golden Boot winner at the previous World Cup in Russia with six goals and
has had an excellent first half of the campaign with Tottenham, scoring 12
times in the league for Antonio Conte’s side.
Player to watch
out for – Jude Bellingham
Midfield is the area of the pitch in which
England have come up short in the years gone by, with the likes of Luka Modric
or Marco Verratti pulling the strings in the middle of the park to dictate the
play. However, Jude Bellingham could be the solution to those problems for the
Three Lions in Qatar, with the 19-year-old displaying some tremendous form for
Borussia Dortmund in 2022.
Bellingham has nine goals and three assists
in all competitions for the German club this season, and his ball-carrying and
dynamism from midfield could provide the x-factor that England lacked in their
last two tournaments under Southgate.
Jordan Pickford has earned the number one
shirt for Gareth Southgate on the back of some stellar performances for
England, and the shot-stopper is likely to be protected by a back three of John
Stones, Eric Dier, and Harry Maguire. Kieran Trippier and Luke Shaw are the two
favourites for the wing-back spots following their excellent club form, with
Declan Rice and Jude Bellingham occupying the two central midfield spots.
England have a wealth of attacking options in the front three, and Bukayo Saka
and Raheem Sterling are expected to start on the two wings alongside Harry Kane
England: Jordan Pickford, Kieran Trippier, John Stones, Eric Dier, Harry Maguire,
Luke Shaw, Declan Rice, Jude Bellingham, Bukayo Saka, Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling