England's last World Cup squad – where are they now? Two stars stuck without a club


    Gareth Southgate is expected to name his provisional England squad for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar this week. As the build-up to the big announcement continues, Express Sport takes a look through the squad he took to Russia in 2018 and how each player has fared since.


    Jordan Pickford

    Jordan Pickford was named Southgate’s No 1 in Russia after his first season at Everton. He’s still at Goodison Park, also stood between the sticks at Euro 2020, and is expected to do so again in Qatar.

    Jack Butland

    Jack Butland was highly rated at Stoke City in 2018, but his career has fizzed away since the World Cup, leaving the club to become a backup option at Crystal Palace this summer. He’s not expected to be in Southgate’s squad this time around.

    Nick Pope

    Many were rooting for Nick Pope to be named Southgate’s No 1 due to his impressive exploits at Burnley four years ago. After making an impressive start to life at Newcastle United this season, he will be the Everton stopper’s main competition again in Qatar.

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    Kyle Walker

    Kyle Walker is still at Manchester City; the only difference from 2018 is he has even more of a taste for silverware now. He’s facing a race for fitness ahead of next month’s tournament but is almost a certainty to make Southgate’s provisional squad.

    Trent Alexander-Arnold

    Trent Alexander-Arnold, like Walker, has spent the last four years challenging for the highest honours in club football at Liverpool, but he hasn’t always been favoured for England. His World Cup status is more precarious amid a difficult campaign, but Reece James’ absence through injury could open the door for his inclusion.

    Kieran Trippier

    Kieran Trippier, then a Tottenham Hotspur player, was a crucial figure in England’s 2018 squad. Who could forget THAT free-kick in the semi-finals? He’s since shone overseas, winning La Liga with Atletico Madrid, and is now back in the Premier League with Newcastle United. It’d be a surprise if he didn’t make the cut.

    John Stones

    John Stones is still at Man City and has been playing some of the best football of his career in recent seasons. If he’s fit, he should be a certain starter in central defence at the beginning of England’s campaign in Qatar.

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    Harry Maguire

    Since the 2018 World Cup, Harry Maguire has completed an £80million switch to Manchester United and become the club’s captain. But a prolonged spell of bad form has meant his stock is significantly lower than it was four years ago. He still has Southgate’s trust, though, and will likely continue his partnership with Stones.

    Gary Cahill

    Gary Cahill was a major player for Chelsea in 2018 but is currently a free agent after spells with Crystal Palace and AFC Bournemouth from 2019 to earlier this year. His last England cap came at the Russia World Cup before stepping aside from international duty.

    Phil Jones

    Phil Jones, now 30, was included in Southgate’s 2018 World Cup squad on the back of making 23 Premier League appearances in 2017-18 – his most for Manchester United since 2013-14. Despite somehow still lurking in the United squad, his six league outings across the last four seasons probably don’t warrant a spot at this year’s grand event.

    Danny Rose

    Danny Rose went to Russia as Ashley Young’s backup, but there won’t be room for him this year. Tottenham released the 32-year-old in 2021 before he joined Watford on a two-year deal. However, his contract at Vicarage Road was mutually terminated one year early in September after their relegation to the Championship and he remains without a club.

    Ashley Young

    Young thrived as England’s first-choice left-wing-back at the 2018 World Cup during a two-year stint above Luke Shaw in the United pecking order. He’s back in the Premier League with former club Aston Villa after a stint at Inter Milan, but Shaw will likely be picked ahead of him on this occasion after a stellar Euro 2020 campaign.


    Jordan Henderson

    Jordan Henderson was in his prime years when the 2018 World Cup rolled around. The 32-year-old is still Liverpool’s captain but has played a reduced role this season and the next generation – Declan Rice and Jude Bellingham – has seemingly surpassed him in Southgate’s thinking. He will likely be in the squad, but for leadership in the dressing room more than anything.

    Eric Dier

    Eric Dier scored the decisive penalty in England’s first-ever competitive penalty shoot-out win against Colombia at the 2018 World Cup. After his Euro 2020 exclusion, he may have felt it was his final international tournament. But Antonio Conte has revitalised his career at Tottenham, and he received his first call-up in 18 months in September. Dier is currently in line to be a starting centre-back in Qatar.

    Fabian Delph

    Fabian Delph was at Manchester City in 2018 before joining Everton a year later. In September, after three seasons on Merseyside, Delph announced his retirement from professional football aged 32.

    Dele Alli

    After appearing at the 2018 World Cup as one of the most exciting young English talents in recent history, Dele Alli’s once-promising career dramatically declined. Tottenham sold him to Everton in January, but he failed to impress Frank Lampard and joined Besiktas on loan in the summer. Still just 26, there is time for an Alli resurgence story, but he is out of the England frame for now.

    Jesse Lingard

    Jesse Lingard earned mass plaudits during the World Cup in Russia while in some of the best form of his career for United. He was unfortunate to narrowly miss out on a Euro 2020 spot after an outstanding short loan spell at West Ham in 2020-21, but things haven’t worked out for him since leaving Old Trafford for Nottingham Forest as a free agent.

    Ruben Loftus-Cheek

    Southgate took a punt on Loftus-Cheek in Russia after he enjoyed a positive loan spell at Crystal Palace in 2017-18. But he hasn’t earned an England cap since 2018 and is currently a rotational player at Chelsea. His Blues teammate, Conor Gallagher, is likelier to make his international tournament bow in Qatar.


    Harry Kane

    After captaining England at the 2018 World Cup – in which he won the Golden Boot – and Euro 2020, Harry Kane will wear the armband again in 2022. Now just two goals behind Wayne Rooney, the Tottenham Hotspur icon could become the Three Lions’ record goalscorer at the tournament.

    Raheem Sterling

    Raheem Sterling was the star man of England’s run to the Euro 2020 final last summer, and, despite leaving Man City for Chelsea this year, he’s a surefire starter at the World Cup. It will be Sterling’s third World Cup after making his tournament debut as a teenager in Brazil in 2014.

    Danny Welbeck

    Danny Welbeck was taken to the 2018 World Cup as a squad player, despite scoring just five Premier League goals for Arsenal in the previous season, and hasn’t featured for England since. He has since played for Watford and is currently at Brighton & Hove Albion, where he has proven his worth as a top-flight striker. However, there are now plenty more enticing options at Southgate’s disposal.

    Marcus Rashford

    Marcus Rashford was only 20 in his first World Cup in Russia, and there have been questions over whether he would make the cut in 2022 after suffering a dramatic drop in form at United last season. But he has looked revitalised under Erik ten Hag and has left Southgate with a big decision to make in attack.



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