Englands line up at Qatar 2022 World Cup – as debated by writers

Following the agony of Euro 2020, there is a sense that England will be better prepared for next year's World Cup in Qatar.

Players who featured in Gareth Southgate's squad during the Three Lions' brilliant effort over the summer will be one year older and wise.

And with so much young talent among the ranks, the hope is they will blossom in November of next year.

Southgate will have the likes of Harry Kane, Phil Foden and Declan Rice to choose from.

But who which XI make the starting line-up in Qatar 2022? Daily Star Sport writers have made their predictions.


England XI (4-2-3-1): Pickford; James, Stones, White, Shaw; Rice, Phillips; Mount; Foden, Grealish; Kane

Gareth Southgate isn't afraid to make changes and throw young talent into his side if he thinks they can handle the pressures of international football.

But there is little or no chance of him making wholesale changes before the World Cup starts in Qatar.

Harry Maguire might seem undroppable, but the emergence of Ben White is bound to put pressure on the Manchester United captain.

Reece James is starting to look like England's best option on the right side of defence, while Phil Foden has to start alongside Mason Mount.

Jack Grealish has the ability to unlock the tightest of defences, while Harry Kane's international record and status in the team means he will lead the attack.


England XI (4-2-3-1):Ramsdale; James, Tomori, Stones, Shaw; Rice, Bellingham; Mount, Foden, Grealish; Kane

Aaron Ramsdale's form this season speaks of the perfect replacement for Jordan Pickford, who's always got a mistake in him despite his great Euro 2020 campaign.

Raheem Sterling hasn't seen much action so far and you just get the feeling he might drop in the pecking order, especially given Phil Foden's constant growth.

Jude Bellingham will come in for Kalvin Phillips in the holding position, but given Declan Rice's current trajectory, it's likely he will keep his place.

Fikayo Tomori has been wonderful for AC Milan in Serie A since moving from Chelsea – let's just hope being so far away means he gets ignored.

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England XI (4-2-3-1): Pickford; James, Stones, Maguire, Shaw; Rice, Phillips, Mount; Foden, Grealish; Kane

Aaron Ramsdale is proving a solid competitor when it comes to Pickford’s No 1 jersey. But we know Gareth Southgate doesn’t like to throw untested players in straight away.

Reece James has enjoyed a good season under Thomas Tuchel so far. With England’s system also suiting him more than Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Declan Rice and Kalvin Phillips performed well alongside each other at the Euros – and those two sitting deep can allow the two full-backs and Mason Mount to enjoy some attacking freedom.

Phil Foden needs to start. While Jack Grealish can pip Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford and Raheem Sterling to a place in attack.


England XI (4-2-3-1): Pickford; Chilwell, Stones, Maguire, James; Rice, Bellingham; Foden, Mount, Grealish; Kane

Chelsea's back four will go from strength to strength under Thomas Tuchel, and Gareth Southgate must take advantage in solidifying his backline.

Chilwell's form and potential show he can usurp Luke Shaw for the left-back role, as can Reece James up against an ageing Kyle Walker, who he can be as quick as, plus as potent as going forward.

Kalvin Phillips' future at club level ahead of the World Cup next year (whether he stays fit, remains with Leeds, or moves on) will play a huge role in determining whether he keeps his place alongside first-choice midfielder Declan Rice, and Jude Bellingham will be there waiting, having proven his class already at Dortmund on the biggest stage, plus the teenager can also offer more going forward.


England XI (5-2-3) Pickford; James, Walker, Maguire, Stones, Chilwell; Bellingham, Rice; Grealish, Kane, Sterling

With form and fitness set to play their part in the first-ever mid-season World Cup, I can see Gareth Southgate reverting to the solidity of a five-man defence next winter.

With Kyle Walker, Harry Maguire and John Stones now proving their worth across two major tournaments, the attacking threat of Ben Chilwell and Reece James will add another dimension in Qatar.

Jude Bellingham and Declan Rice might well be the best midfielders on the planet by the time Southgate names his squad, while Harry Kane could still be gunning for his first trophy.


England XI (4-2-3-1): Pickford; James, Stones, Maguire, Shaw; Rice, Phillips; Mount, Foden, Grealish; Kane

It depends who England's first game is against, but if it's an opponent we'd be expected to beat comfortably, it would be nice to see Gareth Southgate make the most of his forwards.

That means playing Phil Foden, Mason Mount and Jack Grealish together – but only with the protection of Declan Rice and Kalvin Phillips behind them.

Jude Bellingham will push Phillips close, but Raheem Sterling can't start for England if he isn't getting a regular game for Manchester City, even though he had a good Euros

Against tougher opponents I think Southgate needs to go with a 3-4-3, bringing in an extra defender, and sacrificing Grealish, who can come on for Mount or Foden later.


England XI (4-2-3-1): Ramsdale; Alexander-Arnold, Stones, White, Chilwell; Bellingham, Rice; Grealish, Foden, Saka; Kane

They conceded two goals in seven at the Euros but it’s the England defence getting the big overhaul before Qatar.

Expect Aaron Ramsdale to assume keeper duties from Jordan Pickford – and another Arsenal summer recruit, Ben White to replace Harry Maguire.

And it’s Trent Alexander-Arnold over Kyle Walker at right-back – could just as easily be Reece James – while, on the other side Ben Chilwell edges out Luke Shaw.

Jude Bellingham is in for Kalvin Phillips to sit alongside Declan Rice.

Then, it’s all about who plays where around Southgate’s first name on the sheet, Phil Foden.


England XI (4-3-3): Pickford; James, Maguire, Stones, Chilwell; Rice, Bellingham, Mount; Foden, Kane, Grealish

One of the issues for England at Euro 2020 was not getting enough minutes for our fantastic attacking talent. A change in formation to 4-3-3, with Rice sitting, allows Mount, Foden and Grealish to all feature appropriately in the starting XI.

Bellingham, who should only continue his rapid development over the next year, and Mount can cover one another in midfield while the other has a licence to roam.

Two full-back changes make sense with James and Chilwell practically running the show at Chelsea so far this season.


England XI (4-2-3-1): Ramsdale; Alexander-Arnold, Stones, Maguire, Chilwell; Rice, Bellingham; Foden, Mount, Grealish; Kane

Arsenal are a bigger club than Everton and Aaron Ramsdale's form will help him usurp Jordan Pickford.

There's no way Trent can be left out and if Luke Shaw continues to find life tough then Ben Chilwell should slot in.

Jude Bellingham gets the nod over Kalvin Phillips and Jordan Henderson, while Jack Grealish will push on in the second half of this season at Manchester City and prove his place should never be questioned.

Mason Greenwood and Bukayo Saka should count themselves unlucky not to be starting.


England XI (4-2-3-1): Pickford, Walker, Maguire, Stones, Shaw, Rice, Bellingham, Sterling, Mount, Foden; Kane

I don't think Gareth Southgate needs to change too much about the Euro 2020 squad, even 18 months later, as most will only have got better.

In my opinion, though, an older and wiser Jude Bellingham marks an upgrade from Kalvin Phillips, who hasn't looked himself for Leeds this season.

He could be a standout star in Qatar. England must also base the team around Foden, who has arguably been the Premier League's best player this season behind Mo Salah.


England (4-2-3-1): Pickford; Alexander Arnold, Gomez, Maguire, Chilwell; Rice, Bellingham; Foden, Mount, Grealish; Kane

There won’t be too many differences with the team who reached the Euro 2020 final, but Gareth Southgate will have the option to upgrade in some areas.

Trent Alexander-Arnold has a big 12 months ahead to gain the trust of his international manager, while if Joe Gomez can rediscover his form prior to his injury last, he could find his way back in ahead of John Stones.

Meanwhile, it seems natural that Jude Bellingham will step up to the starting 11.

Phil Foden and Mason Mount should be certainties in attack, but Grealish’s spot is certainly less solid.

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