England's World Cup squad in 2022: Which players will represent The Three Lions this World Cup?

England's World Cup squad in 2022: Which players will represent The Three Lions this World Cup?

Babu Tendu
updated at August 9, 2023 at 9:30 AM

The long-awaited World Cup will commence on 20 November 2022, and England's World Cup squad is ready to highlight their brilliance once more as it is full of talented lads like Harry Kane. This article will look at the squad's information, such as their jerseys and any announcements regarding the team.

England Squad
The ThreeLions squad for the FIFA World Cup. Photo: @fifa2022
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The Three Lions have had a fantastic few years in tournament football, making it to the Euro 2020 final and the 2018 World Cup semifinal before losing on penalties. They have the most promising talents within the squad, which has been mixed with experience from the likes of Pickford, Harry Kane Luke Shaw, to mention a few.

Squad profile

Team name

England National Football team

Team nicknames

The Three Lions

Managed by

The Football Association (FA)


UEFA (Europe)

Head coach

Gareth Southgate


Harry Kane

Most caps

Peter Shilton (125)

Top scorer

Wayne Rooney (53)

Home stadium

Wembley Stadium

FIFA code


Current FIFA ranking

5 (as of November 2022)

Highest FIFA ranking

3 (September 2021)

Lowest FIFA ranking

125 (February 1996)

World Cup appearances

6 (first in 1872)

Best World Cup result

FIFA World Cup Winners (1966)

Squad size


Average age

25.6 years

Squad value

$3.74 billion

Social media

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England's World Cup squad

The three lions have a big history in the World Cup competition, as they first played in it in 1872 but have been unlucky since winning their first World Cup trophy in 1966. However, the national team has been interesting to watch as they reached the quarter-finals in the World Cup of 2018 and later in 2020, they won the EURO 2022

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This year, the squad has been ranked 5th by FIFA, which shows their quality. In terms of the worth of the squad, they are worth $3.74 billion, and many pundits, not only of football but even economists like Paul the Octopus, are making predictions that they will lift the World Cup trophy this year. Get more information about England's National team here.

FIFA World Cup England Squad
The England squad pose for a photograph at St George's Park on November 14, 2022, in Burton upon Trent, England. Photo by The FA.
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Gareth Southgate feels that his England team will be motivated to win the World Cup in Qatar by the boyhood fantasy of participating in one.

England's World Cup squad in 2022

So many lads in England had dreamed of representing the three lions in Qatar. However, some, like Jadon Sancho, due to inconsistent performance, and others, like Ben Chilwell and Reece James, did not make it to represent their country due to injury issues.

Despite that, some made the team to Qatar, and the squad has 26 footballers, including:


Player's Name


Jordan Pickford


Nick Pope


Aaron Ramsdale



Player's Name


Trent Alexander-Arnold


Conor Coady


Eric Dier


Harry Maguire

Manchester United

Luke Shaw

Manchester United

John Stones

Manchester City

Kieran Trippier


Kyle Walker

Manchester City

Ben White



Player's Name


Jude Bellingham

Borussia Dortmund

Conor Gallagher


Jordan Henderson


Mason Mount


Kalvin Phillips

Manchester City

Declan Rice

West Ham


Player's Name


James Maddison


Callum Wilson


Phil Foden

Manchester City

Jack Grealish

Manchester City

Harry Kane


Marcus Rashford

Manchester United

Bukayo Saka


Raheem Sterling


England's World Cup squad announcement

On November 10, 2022, Southgate unveiled his 26-person team, as shown before. In place of pre-World Cup friendlies, Southgate based his final team selection on England's domestic and international performance.

As the tournament approaches, Southgate will be anxious to control the pressure on his team. Still, the former defender should also have confidence in his team to put on another good performance. The three lions will begin as one of the top contenders to lift the illustrious trophy.

What England players are going to the World Cup?

The top four favourites to win the World Cup in Qatar currently include England. Their odds of winning are 8/1 at Bet365 and 15/2 at 888sport. The team consists of players with versatile experience, and the combined total of England's 2022 World Cup team's 820 caps is the second highest for a The Three Lions side in a World Cup competition after 2010.

Pickford and Kane will almost certainly perform at their best, as they frequently do for club and country, but Bellingham is the midfielder to watch as he continues to improve for the Three Lions.

Who has been picked for the England squad?


Jordan Pickford, a star for Everton, was a constant for England during their recent two major tournament runs to the semifinals and final, and even though he missed the UEFA Nations League games in September due to injury, he still has the first choice, with Nick Pope and Aaron Ramsdale serving as backups.


In the past, Southgate had an embarrassment of riches at full-back. Still, concerns about Kyle Walker's health and the absence of Reece James have influenced his final decisions, prompting Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold to get into the running after being left out of the Euro 2021 team.

England world cup squad
Harry Kane and Kyle Walker of England play rock paper scissors during a training session at The Training Ground in Wolverhampton, England. Photo by Catherine Ivill.
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Ben Chilwell's injury also influenced left back, and regular right-back Kieran Trippier proved to be a must-have on the final squad, given his versatility to replace starter Luke Shaw on the opposite wing.

Walker has been selected even though he hasn't played since the beginning of October, and Southgate can trust United captain Harry Maguire to perform well for England when wearing the national team jersey. In either a back four or a three-person defence, John Stones seems a foregone conclusion to be chosen alongside him.


Declan Rice and Kalvin Phillips' defensive pivot gave England a foundation to build from at Euro 2021. If Phillips can regain fitness, they are set to continue their connection in Qatar. Due to Jude Bellingham's quick ascent, Southgate now has another option, and the kid will start if Phillips isn't fully healthy.

Depending on the formation, Mason Mount might start as the connection player between midfield and attack. At the same time, England's manager has experience with Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson and vigour in Chelsea's Conor Gallagher.

Maddison adds more originality, although his injury in Leicester City's final league game before the tournament raised serious doubts.


Southgate's undoubted starting is captain Harry Kane, who has a chance to shatter England's all-time goal record in Qatar.

Raheem Sterling's goals at Euro 2021 were essential, and he remains in the starting lineup. Bukayo Saka, Phil Foden, and Jack Grealish will compete for the other starting slot in an advanced offensive role.

Harry Kane celebrating after scoring
Harry Kane of England celebrates after scoring their team's third goal from the penalty spot at Wembley Stadium on September 26, 2022, in London, England. Photo by Eddie Keogh.
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Although Southgate is well-stocked with possibilities, finding Kane a different, more conventional partner might take more work. If Plan A needs to be changed, Callum Wilson of Newcastle and Marcus Rashford of Manchester United will provide Southgate with another option.

This is a predicted lineup for the three lions.

(3-4-3): Pickford —Walker, Maguire, Stones — Alexander-Arnold, Bellingham, Rice, Trippier—Sterling, Kane, Grealish

(4-2-3-1): Pickford — Walker, Maguire, Stones, Trippier — Bellingham, Rice — Saka, Mount, Sterling — Kane

Who didn't make the England squad in 2022?

Here is a list of players who did not make Southgate's 26-man squad for various reasons:

Reece James (injured)

Tyrone Mings

Ben Chilwell (injured)

Dominic Calvert-Lewin (injured)

Emile Smith Rowe (injured)

James Ward-Prowse

Dean Henderson

Tammy Abraham

Fikayo Tomori

Jarrod Bowen

Marc Guehi

Ivan Toney

Is Rashford in the England squad in 2022?

Three Manchester United players have been named to Gareth Southgate's squad for the 2022 World Cup. Luke Shaw, Marcus Rashford, and Harry Maguire have been called up, as they were for Euro 2020, in which England reached the final. Shaw, Maguire, and Rashford have been named to England's World Cup squad for 2022, while Sancho has been left out.

Will Maddison go to the World Cup?

As of November 10, 2022, James Maddison was included in Gareth Southgate's 26-man England squad for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Maddison, 25, had been little used by Southgate but now can add to the one cap he has at the full international level.

England's World Cup jersey

England's team will wear a white, and on the shoulders is a distorted Three Lions graphic, as well as angles and lines meant to resemble a lion's imprint. Along with the traditional white, the colours are a dominant 'Blue Void' and a subtler 'Blue Fury' tone.

The shirts' unusual fonts are said to be "industrial" and influenced by "heavy metal rock bands throughout England."

The full confirmed squad number list is as follows:

1. Jordan Pickford

14. Kalvin Phillips

2. Kyle Walker

15. Eric Dier

3. Luke Shaw

16. Conor Coady

4. Declan Rice

17. Bukayo Saka

5. John Stones

18. Trent Alexander-Arnold

6. Harry Maguire

19. Mason Mount

7. Jack Grealish

20. Phil Foden

8. Jordan Henderson

21. Ben White

9. Harry Kane

22. Jude Bellingham

10. Raheem Sterling

23. Aaron Ramsdale

11. Marcus Rashford

24. Callum Wilson

12. Kieran Trippier

25. James Maddison

13. Nick Pope

26. Conor Gallagher

England's football team badge
A picture taken on November 8, 2022, in Paris, shows the logo on a jersey of the England national football team for the Football FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar. Photo by FRANCK FIFE.
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England's World Cup squad predictions

As of November 2022, the prediction was as follows;

  • Goalkeepers: Jordan Pickford, Aaron Ramsdale, Fraser Forster and Sam Johnstone
  • Defence: Harry Maguire, John Stones, Luke Shaw, Ben White, Kyle Walker, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Kieran Trippier, Reece James
  • Midfielders: Declan Rice, Jordan Henderson, Jude Bellingham and Mason Mount, Kalvin Phillips, James Ward-Prowse, Harvey Elliott, James Maddison
  • Forwards: Raheem Sterling, Bukayo Saka, Phil Foden, Jack Grealish, Marcus Rashford, Emile Smith Rowe, Jarrod Bowen, Callum Hudson-Odoi

England's World Cup squad in 2022 is surely a team that will be interesting to watch. The players chosen by Gareth Southgate are versatile and full of talent both individually and as a group at large. Many have predicted that they will be World Cup champions along with Argentina and Spain.

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