England’s World Cup squad predicted by Football Manager

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With the 2022 World Cup slowly but surely creeping up on us, it’s time to speculate on who will have a spot on the plane to Qatar in England’s World Cup squad this winter.

There are a number of players that you would expect to be shooed away. Harry Kane is the England captain, Declan Rice was arguably the country’s best midfielder this season and Raheem Sterling was the Three Lions player of the tournament at Euro 2020.

However, rather than picking what we would pick as our World Cup squad, we will hand the reins to virtual Gareth Southgate and take a look at the England squad in Qatar as predicted by Football manager 2022.

It’s fair to say there are a few shocks on this team.

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Our virtual Gareth Southgate has chosen Nick Pope, Jordan Pickford and Aaron Ramsdale as his goalkeepers, but things get interesting in defence.

Southgate’s solution to England’s right-back dilemma is to select Trent Alexander-Arnold and Kyle Walker, meaning there is no place for Kyle Walker or Kieran Trippier in this squad.

Meanwhile, there’s a massive shock selection in the middle.

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Harry Maguire, John Stones and Ben White are all in the squad but Football Manager 2022 is tipping Manchester City youngster Taylor Harwood-Bellis for a big few months as he makes the World Cup squad.

Harwood-Bellis is currently plying his trade on loan to Stoke in the Championship.

Fikayo Tomori finally gets his chance in Qatar after being left out of England’s latest real squad.

Ben Chilwell is the only recognized true left-back in the team, but Bukayo Saka is also capable of filling the role.

The midfield is packed with the usual suspects. Jordan Henderson, Kalvin Phillips, Declan Rice and Jude Bellingham are all rightly earning their spots, while Mason Mount is also on the team.

Meanwhile, Southgate’s wide options include Saka, Phil Foden, Jack Grealish and Raheem Sterling.

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Tammy Abraham is deputizing for Harry Kane at the helm, and while he’s not in the screenshot in this article, Dominic Calvert-Lewin has also secured a seat on the plane.

There are certainly some notable omissions here.

Perhaps our video game version of Southgate is a bit biased towards Manchester United as Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford and Luke Shaw are all out after the Euro game.

According to Football Manager, England will start their first game in Qatar with a 4-5-1 formation, with Bukayo Saka playing at left-back while a young duo of Phil Foden and Jude Bellingham will lead midfield.

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