World Cup 2022: Top 10 Big Names Missing in England Squad As Gareth Southgate Names Strong Team

World Cup 2022: Top 10 Big Names Missing in England Squad As Gareth Southgate Names Strong Team

  • England will be without several standout names during their trip to Qatar for the 2022 World Cup
  • The players were left out due to injuries or lack of form, with Chelsea's Reece James among those excluded
  • Speaking during the unveiling of the squad, head coach Gareth Southgate pointed out the team he named is the most balanced
  • The Three Lions will be coming up against the USA, Iran, and Wales in the group stages of the global showpiece

There were some notable big names missing out, as Gareth Southgate named his 26-man for England heading to Qatar for the 2022 World Cup.

Southgate's squad was dominated by players drawn from the Premier League, with Arsenal, Man United, Chelsea, Man City and Tottenham Hotspur having representatives in the team.

In-form Arsenal stars Ben White, Aaron Ramsdale and Bukayo Saka are all in the team, with Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw and Marcus Rashford repping Man United.

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Gareth Southgate speaks during the announcement of the England men's squad for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar at St George's Park. Photo by Barrington Coombs.
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Raheem Sterling, Mason Mount and Conor Gallagher are Chelsea's representatives, while Jude Bellingham was the only footballer playing outside England included.

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England's World Cup absentees

In defence, Fikayo Tomori was the standout name that did not make the cut, with Chelsea's Reece James also left out due to injury.

Chelsea youngster Gallagher got the nod ahead of Southampton's James Ward-Prowse in midfield, with Jadon Sancho the most notable name left out in the attack.

Below are the top 10 England players not going to Qatar:

  1. Reece James (Chelsea)
  2. Fikayo Tomori (AC Milan)
  3. James Ward-Prowse (Southampton)
  4. Tammy Abraham (Roma)
  5. Ivan Toney (Brentford)
  6. Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton)
  7. Jarrod Bowen (West Ham)
  8. Ollie Watkins (Aston Villa)
  9. Jadon Sancho (Man United)
  10. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City)

Swiss squad includes Granit Xhaka

Earlier, Sports Brief reported on Switzerland have announced their squad for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, with Newcastle United defender Fabian Schar and Arsenal star Granit Xhaka making the list.

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Xhaka, who has been impressive this season for Arsenal, is expected to captain the Swiss national team in their campaign in Qatar.

The 2022 FIFA World Cup will kick off in just over a week, as France take on the daunting task of defending their title.