It is now under two weeks until the World Cup in Qatar gets underway, and England manager Gareth Southgate will soon reveal his official squad for the competition. 

Southgate was given a deadline of October 21 to decide his preliminary 55-man squad, one that wasn’t officially announced to the public. 

The 52-year-old, who came agonisingly close to ending England’s long wait for a trophy as he guided England to the Euro 2020 final last year, will announce his official squad this week. 

England manager Gareth Southgate will announce his 26-man World Cup squad this week

England manager Gareth Southgate will announce his 26-man World Cup squad this week

Southgate’s announcement will come before the final round of Premier League fixtures, meaning injuries could still play a part even after the final decision.  

And the Three Lions boss still has plenty of key decisions to make, with England’s opening clash against Iran on November 21 now also less than two weeks away.  

Sportsmail details exactly when Southgate will announce his squad – and who is in the running to make the 26-man list – below. 

When will Southgate announce his England squad?

Southgate will officially announced his final 26-man squad for the impending World Cup on Thursday, November 10 at 2pm. 

With just a gap of a week between the Premier League’s enforced break and the start of the World Cup, the chances of each squad picking up injuries are significantly higher than your standard summer tournament. 

FIFA have therefore ruled that, either due to Covid or injury, nations will be able to replace players up to 24 hours before their opening match. 

Where previous tournaments have seen a maximum of 23 players in each squad, it has also been increased to 26 this year.  

Is there a deadline for every World Cup team?

All 32 teams will have to reduce their squads between 23 and 26 players ahead of the World Cup.

Each manager will have to submit their official squad to FIFA by November 13, just a week before the tournament officially beings.

FIFA will then announce each nation’s official squad the following day.

Brazil announced their 26-man squad for the Qatar World Cup earlier this week

Brazil announced their 26-man squad for the Qatar World Cup earlier this week

Remarkably, the deadline is the same day as the Premier League officially draws to a halt, with the final game being Fulham vs Manchester United at 4.30pm on November 13.

Of course, a number of teams – including Brazil – have already announced their squads.  

Who is definitely out for England? 

In a blow for Southgate, Ben Chilwell will definitely miss out due to injury.

The Chelsea star sustained a ‘significant’ hamstring injury during the London club’s Champions League win over Dinamo Zagreb. He underwent scans immediately after the game and was subsequently ruled out of the World Cup.

Arsenal star Emile Smith Rowe had high hopes of making it to Qatar, but a long-term groin issue ended those dreams, with the midfielder ruled out until December after undergoing surgery. 

Chelsea confirmed on Sunday afternoon that Ben Chilwell (above) had sustained a 'significant' hamstring injury that would likely rule him out of the World Cup

Chelsea confirmed on Sunday afternoon that Ben Chilwell (above) had sustained a ‘significant’ hamstring injury that would likely rule him out of the World Cup

He underwent scans after the game and was subsequently ruled out of the World Cup

He underwent scans after the game and was subsequently ruled out of the World Cup

Kyle Walker-Peters would have struggled to get a place in Southgate’s squad, even with the worrying number of injuries in the right-back position England are currently facing. 

Any hopes of an unexpected call-up were dashed after being ruled out with a long-term hamstring injury in October.  

Who is still hoping for a place? 

A number of places in the squad are already certain, with the likes of Harry Kane, Declan Rice, Jordan Pickford, Raheem Sterling and Phil Foden guaranteed to be going. 

Mason Mount, Jude Bellingham, Bukayo Saka, Kieran Trippier and Jordan Henderson will also definitely be there.  

There are a number of decisions still to make for Southgate, however, and some notable names will eventually miss out. 

As stated, Pickford is a guarantee, but with three goalkeeper places up for grabs, one of Aaron Ramsdale, Nick Pope or Dean Henderson will have to stay behind. 

Kalvin Phillips, despite his recent injury struggles, will likely be handed a spot, alongside his Man City team-mates Foden, Jack Grealish and John Stones. 

One player who might not be there is Kyle Walker, with the defender also battling to be fit. 

England captain Harry Kane, barring a late injury, is a guaranteed member of the squad

England captain Harry Kane, barring a late injury, is a guaranteed member of the squad

Leicester midfielder James Maddison has been in stunning form but could miss out on a place

Leicester midfielder James Maddison has been in stunning form but could miss out on a place

Sticking with the full back position and Reece James will count himself desperately unlucky if he does miss out, as he attempts to recover from a knee injury in time. 

Chelsea boss Graham Potter has hinted he could be back sooner than expected, however. Trent Alexander-Arnold will likely be in the squad. 

There will also be a battle in central defence, with Harry Maguire and Stones certain to go. Conor Coady, Eric Dier, Tyrone Mings, Fikayo Tomori and Marc Guehi are all desperately pushing for places. 

Joe Gomez and Ben White are also among the defenders hoping to capitalise on the potential absences of Walker and James.

In midfield, again there are choices to be made. In stunning domestic form, James Maddison will be desperately hoping for a place, while Eberechi Eze is still being considered. James Ward-Prowse’s set-piece prowess also makes him a solid pick. 

In terms of attackers, just who will support Kane remains a big question. The likes of Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford, Callum Wilson, Ivan Toney, Tammy Abraham and Jarod Bowen are all competing for places. Danny Welbeck was also a surprise name in Southgate’s provisional squad.  



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