Jude Bellingham, Marcus Rashford join England for World Cup qualifiers


The roster that will likely seal England’s place in the 2022 World Cup has been revealed, with few changes as the Three Lions prepare to tangle with Albania and San Marino.

The strength of the Premier League means squad turnover is constant for the Three Lions, but the change from March’s World Cup qualifiers to now is not big.

Out from March are Dean Henderson, Nick Pope, Eric Dier, Kieran Trippier, Jesse Lingard, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, and Ollie Watkins. Jadon Sancho has been dropped since the last squad.

In since then are Jack Grealish, Jordan Pickford, Aaron Ramsdale, and Tammy Abraham.

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England has a three-point lead on second-place Poland and a five-point lead on Albania in Group I. The group winners qualify directly for Qatar 2022 and the runners-up go to the playoffs.

England beat Albania 2-0 away and San Marino 5-0 at home and even a surprise loss to Albania at Wembley would require Poland to win at Andorra and home to Hungary just to force tiebreakers (assuming a win at San Marino, who is 0-8 with one goal scored and 32 conceded).

Full roster after the jump.

England roster for World Cup qualifiers

Goalkeepers: Sam Johnstone, Jordan Pickford, Aaron Ramsdale

Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ben Chilwell, Conor Coady, Reece James, Harry Maguire, Tyrone Mings, Luke Shaw, John Stones, Kyle Walker

Midfielders: Jude Bellingham, Jordan Henderson, Mason Mount, Kalvin Phillips, Declan Rice, James Ward-Prowse

Forwards: Tammy Abraham, Phil Foden, Jack Grealish, Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Bukayo Saka, Raheem Sterling