England’s 2022 World Cup squad is likely to feature plenty of familiar names from that which reached the Euro 2020 final in July.
The likes of Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling and Harry Maguire are all-but shoo-ins for the tournament, which is controversially being held in Qatar in November and December next year.
England are one of the favourites to win the World Cup after coming agonisingly close to clinching the European Championships in the final against Italy at Wembley.
But Gareth Southgate isn't likely to sit still. Between now and November 2022 the boss has time to reflect on the Euros, get the Three Lions through qualifying and determine who will make the plane to Qatar.
England Qatar 2022 Squad: Fringe Players
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Smith Rowe For 2022 World Cup?
UK bettors are heavily backing one man to earn his spot at the World Cup that didn’t even get into Southgate’s 36-man provisional squad heading into the Euros.
That man is Arsenal’s Emile Smith Rowe, the exciting 20-year-old who recently signed a long-term contract at the Gunners.
A staggering 30% of all bets on who will make Southgate’s squad have been placed on Smith Rowe. That is despite the youngster being priced as high as 4/1 to make the cut – a 20% probability.
Another Arsenal player – new signing Ben White – is 3/1 to be in the Three Lions’ World Cup camp and has attracted around 15% of all bets on the market.
Smith Rowe was a revelation for Arsenal last season, featuring 34 times and often dislodging more experienced players from the first XI. He has been touted as Arsenal’s next great No.10.
So good was the Croydon native that he started all but two of Arsenal’s last 12 matches of the campaign. He was their second-highest assist maker in the Premier League last term.
His displays caught the eye of Aston Villa, who were willing to offer as much as £30m to snap him up this summer. Arsenal refused their advances and subsequently locked Smith Rowe down to an improved deal.
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Saka Expected For 2022
Smith Rowe’s performances at Arsenal have risen in parallel with Bukayo Saka, who made Southgate’s Euro 2020 squad and played an influential role in England reaching the final.
Saka was considered a periphery player heading into the tournament but a stellar summer means he is now one of the most likely contenders to earn a spot in 2022.
The teenagers is 1/10 to feature at the World Cup, with the likes of Jude Bellingham, Jadon Sancho and Kalvin Phillips boasting the same odds.
Remarkably, bookmakers have Kieran Trippier as the least likely player from the Euro 2020 squad to retain his place next year, at 7/4. That is despite the full-back starting the final at Wembley and setting up Luke Shaw for England’s goal.
Trippier is supposedly being eyed by Manchester United in this summer’s transfer window. A move to Old Trafford would see him link up with England defensive team-mates Maguire and Shaw.
The Atletico Madrid star may believe that a move back to the Premier League for the coming season will improve his chances of staying in Southgate’s selection plans.