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World Cup 2022 Qualifiers 2021 Three matches against Southgate to choose their squad for the European Cup

World Cup 2022 Qualifiers 2021  Three matches against Southgate to choose their squad for the European Cup
World Cup 2022 Qualifiers 2021 Three matches against Southgate to choose their squad for the European Cup

England coach Gareth Southgate will try to take advantage of the first three matches of the “Three Lions” in the qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup Qatar, in order to determine the squad in which he will compete in the European Cup next summer.

Southgate realizes the importance of the opportunity for England to end its fast of titles since its first and last world crowning in 1966 on its home soil, especially as it is also competing in the European Cup finals on its “home soil”.

The continental finals, which have been postponed for a year until the summer of 2021 due to the repercussions of the Corona virus, will be held in 12 European cities, and the English will play their matches in the group stage against Croatia, Scotland and Czechia in their stronghold “Wembley”, which also hosts the semi-final and final matches.

Southgate will stand ready for his team in the three matches scheduled in the next few days against San Marino, Albania and Poland within the European Group 9 competitions for the 2022 World Cup qualifiers.

Southgate is facing constructive pressure on the remarkable result achieved by the “Three Lions” youths in their last major participation when they reached the semi-finals of the World Cup Russia 2018, especially in light of the presence of many distinguished players at his disposal.

Southgate’s only weakness is his lack of a top-class goalkeeper since his primary dependence on Jordan Pickford is forced in the absence of options, despite the many mistakes that have cost his Everton side a lot of points this season.

But Beckford will not be with the national team in the matches next Thursday, Sunday and Wednesday due to a rib injury, which will give Burnley goalkeeper Nick Bob the opportunity to prove himself between the three sticks, but he faces strong competition from Dean Henderson, the 24-year-old who started the last seven matches for his team, Manchester United under the shadow of Spaniard David de Gea’s absence to stand next to his wife after they had a childSouthgate will not be judged solely on the names he chooses, but also on the style of play he will adopt and whether he will resort to a backline of three defenders, as he did in most European Cup qualifying matches.

Defense – But there are calls to pave the way for offensive talents in defense, and if he listens to these calls and adopts a back line of four defenders, the door will open to brilliant Luke Shaw (Manchester United) and John Stones (Manchester City)Shaw will challenge Ben Chilwell (Chelsea) in the left-back position, while the Stones are expected to play in the center of defense alongside Harry Maguire (United).

The large number of talents in the right-back position led to the dismissal of Trent Alexander-Arnold after his recent decline in his form compared to his wonderful performance in the 2019-2020 season and his effective contribution in leading Liverpool to the league title for the first time since 1990.

Reese James will be fighting more experienced duo Kieran Trippier and Kyle Walker for the position- The middle – Despite the absence of Jack Grealish and James Madison due to injury, the last squad announced by Southgate includes an abundance of talented players in midfield, as Phil Foden and Mason Mount will seek the presence of Bellingham to establish their feet and confirm their eligibility to compete in the European Cup next summerAlthough he was only 28 years old, Jesse Lingard became a veteran of the national team and he deserved to be called back to the squad after he regained his previous form by moving from Manchester United to West Ham on loan.

And after he was a mainstay in the “Three Lions” squad, Dele Alli may pay dearly for his exit from the accounts of the starting line-up for Tottenham and his Portuguese coach Jose Mourinho and reduce his chances of returning to the international arena.

For his part, Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson is in a race against time to recover from surgery, and in the event that he is not ready in time to be in the European Cup squad, West Ham player Declin Rice and Leeds Calvin Phillips will be at the top of the list to take over the defensive midfielder in the Southgate squad.

Attack – Captain Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling have been the perfect source for English goals since the World CupPhysical fitness permits, both seem to guarantee their starting position in the European Cup squad, while Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) and Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund) are vying for the third striker position.

There is definitely fierce offensive competition just to be in the “Three Lions” squad, and Dominic Calvertlwyn’s extraordinary season with Everton played a role in his lead over others in the mission of being Kane’s substitute in the spearhead position.

Bukayo Saka was included in the final squad for Southgate, ahead of Mason Greenwood and Callum Hudson-Odoi, who were selected in the U-21 squad for the group stage of the European Junior Championships this month.

Leicester City striker Harvey Barnes also appears to be a serious competitor to be with the national team, and had it not been for the injury he sustained in his knee, he would have been in the current squad that will play the first three matches of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers

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World Cup 2022 Qualifiers 2021 Three matches against Southgate to choose their squad for the European Cup
World Cup 2022 Qualifiers 2021 Three matches against Southgate to choose their squad for the European Cup

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