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Top 10 Players dropped from England's 2022 FIFA World Cup squad

Published at :November 13, 2022 at 5:19 PM
Modified at :November 22, 2022 at 7:50 PM
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Some of these individuals should consider themselves unlucky to not be on the flight to Qatar.

The Three Lions are roaring for World Cup 2022 as England have finally announced their squad for the mega event. England are among the favourites for the tournament, but injuries have become one of their main roadblocks lately. Gareth Southgate recently announced his squad, with some surprise inclusions. Some players were also victims of England's ridiculous squad depth.

A few players have also missed out on the Qatar trip due to injuries, such as Reece James. Here let's take a closer look at England's World Cup squad and the top 10 players who missed out.

10. Ollie Watkins (Aston Villa)

Ollie Watkins
Watkins scored on his England debut but has since lost his place (Courtesy: Devon Live)

Since the last few seasons, Ollie Watkins has emerged as the Premier League's most exciting striker. One of the main reasons he was not selected for the final squad was his dip in form this season. The Aston Villa striker has electric speed and could have served as a good option on the wings as well. His only two goals from 14 appearances this season don't seem to impress Southgate.

9. Tyrone Mings (Aston Villa)

Watkins's teammate and another key member of the Aston Villa squad rounds out the list next. Mings also had a poor start to this season and was even dropped by Steven Gerrard before he left. He is left-footed and his height could have given England a much-needed advantage on set pieces.

8. Jadon Sancho (Manchester United)

The career of Jadon Sancho hasn't gone as expected since he joined Manchester United, and his exclusion from the World Cup squad is a low point. However, the English winger has been in good form this season with two goals and an assist from 10 Premier League appearances. But has lost his England place to in-form players like (Bukayo) Saka and (Marcus) Rashford.

7. Dean Henderson (Nottingham Forest)

In the summer, Henderson left Manchester United in order to make a case for a World Cup spot. He has since been in phenomenal form with Nottingham Forest. He has made a phenomenal 53 saves in 14 games so far this season. 

6. James Ward-Prowse (Southampton)

James Ward-Prowse
England will miss Ward-Prowse's set-piece abilities in Qatar (Courtesy: TalkSPORT)

Ward-Prowse is one of England's leading midfielders and one of the best free-kick takers in the Premier League. The Saints midfielder is unlucky to be left out after being a regular for a long time. He will, however, feel let down with Southgate preferring Kalvin Philips and Jordan Henderson, who have hardly played this season, over him.

5. Jarrod Bowen (West Ham United)

A seasoned player in the Premier League, Jarrod Bowen, was very unfortunate not to make the flight to Qatar. The winger has shown remarkable skill on the wings, especially with his crossing and goalscoring ability. With no natural right winger in the team, Bowen could have been an ideal pick.

4. Joe Gomez (Liverpool)

The Liverpool center-back has been the savior of his club in a recent injury crisis and looks back to his best. Gomez lost his spot to Kounate in Liverpool's lineup last season, which is why he was absent from England's friendlies. However, he has recently been reinserted into the team, and given the poor form of English defenders, Gomez would have made a great addition.

3. Fikayo Tomori (AC Milan)

Even after being a sensation in Italian football for quite a few years, Fikayo Tomori remains uninvited to Southgate's World Cup squad. There has been a big debate in English media about his exclusion from the squad. He is arguably the best in-form English defender, so his absence could backfire badly.

2. Ivan Toney (Brentford)

Ivan Toney England World Cup squad
Toney scored a brace in Brentford's stunning win over Manchester City (Courtesy: The Telegraph)

Ivon Toney is having a great time at the moment this season and his absence was a major shock. The Brentford striker has 10 goals to his name in 14 appearances. Despite not making his debut for the Three Lions, his recent heroics suggest he may not be far away from a breakthrough.

1. Tammy Abraham (AS Roma)

Among the most shocking of the announcement was Tammy Abraham's absence. After being a standout striker in Serie A last season with 17 goals, the AS Roma striker looked set to be Kane's backup in Qatar. However, his recent dip in form has resulted in him being excluded, and Callum Wilson has taken his place instead.




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