England World Cup squad LIVE! Updates as Maddison, White and Gallagher make squad but Toney misses out


Focus now turns to Iran match!

That brings an end to our coverage of England’s World Cup squad announcement.

Attention for Southgate and his side now moves to that opening Group B match, against Iran on November 21.

We’ll have full coverage of that game, as well as every other match in the tournament, starting with hosts Qatar taking on Ecuador in ten days’ time.

England World Cup squad in full

Goalkeepers: Pickford, Pope, Ramsdale;

Defenders: Alexander-Arnold, Coady, Dier, Maguire, Shaw, Stones, Trippier, Walker, White;

Midfielders: Bellingham, Gallagher, Rice, Henderson, Mount, Phillips;

Forwards: Foden, Grealish, Kane, Maddison, Rashford, Saka, Sterling, Wilson


Southgate avoided “arrogant” James decision

Gareth Southgate has explained the decision to leave Reece James out of his World Cup squad and said there were “too many unknowns” in his recovery from a knee injury.

“We had to make a very difficult call with Reece, who is a fantastic player,” the England boss said.

“But he was not going to be available, if everything went perfectly, until the latter stages of the tournament, and there were too many unknowns for us on that road to recovery.

“Also I do not think we can take a player who is not available for the group stage, that would be deemed arrogant in some circles.

“But then if everything went well and he was available, then we would be dropping him into a quarter-final after eight weeks out, and that would be really demanding. A tough call. Kyle [Walker] is a long way ahead of that and is progressing really well.”

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Saka showing team-mates up…

We’ve had throwback pictures with face paint from Mason Mount, a strong early post.

Bukayo Saka might have taken the lead though in the social media race – it’s a very snazzy montage from the Arsenal man.


Maddison forces his way into squad

This is what James Maddison tweeted three years ago, after making his England debut.

He hasn’t made an international appearance since, but we can probably expect a new pinned tweet soon after his World Cup call-up!


Mount off to World Cup 16 years later!

He’s been really impressive for Chelsea under Graham Potter so far this season – there was no doubt really that Mason Mount would have a spot on the plane to Qatar.


England captain looking to shine again

Harry Kane won the Golden Boot at the 2018 World Cup, as England reached the semi-finals.

He’ll be looking to deliver on the biggest stage over the next few weeks…


That will do it

And with that Southgate’s press-conference is over.

Clear he wants to keep the faith in a core group of players, though hopes the new faces will bring some excitement to the group.

Also suggested that England will be outspoken about human rights issues in Qatar, regardless of what FIFA want.


“Have to have some consistency”

“If you get to the final 18 months ago, there should be a fair amount of stability. But also room for people playing well to come into the group.

“You have to have some consistency in your thinking, it’s hard to build something without that. Then others can come in and thrive.

“The key now is we have to show that on the biggest stage.”


On Gallagher’s inclusion

“He’s fantastic at pressing the ball. He’s not as experienced with us as other, but he has an impact on games and a goal threat.

“We were really pleased with the way he responded to being left out of our squad [earlier in the season], his mentality was excellent. If you approach it in that way, there’s always a way back.”

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