England’s loss against Croatia in the World Cup semi-final means that they’ll need to wait another four years before they can have another crack at becoming world champions and the road to glory will begin this weekend as Gareth Southgate’s men meet up for the first time since the third-placed playoff defeat to Belgium in Russia.
The 2022 World Cup in Qatar will be the first time that tournament will not be held in May, June, or July with it scheduled for late November until mid-December.
England will be hoping to end what will then be a 56-year wait for a World Cup, but which players will be representing the Three Lions at the tournament?
We’ve predicted the line-up that will take to the field for England in their 2022 World Cup opener. We’ve stuck with the 3-5-2 formation that Southgate seems to favour.
GK: Jordan Pickford
Jordan Pickford will be just 28 years old in 2022 and he’s likely to remain as his country’s number one from now up until that point.
CB: Joe Gomez
Liverpool’s Joe Gomez would likely have been in the 2018 squad if not for injury and he should force his way into the team by 2022. If his early season performances for Liverpool are anything to go by, he’ll be a great addition.
CB: John Stones
Like Pickford, John Stones will be 28 when the next World Cup comes along. If he continues to develop at his current rate, he’ll be one of Europe’s best defenders by that point.
CB: Harry Maguire
Harry Maguire will be 29 at the next World Cup, so he should be in his prime. The likelihood is that he’ll have moved on from Leicester by then, possibly to Manchester United.
RWB: Trent Alexander-Arnold
Trent Alexander-Arnold, at age 24, should be an England regular when the World Cup comes along.
MF: Phil Foden
Aged 22, current Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden should have established himself as a Premier League regular, whether at City or elsewhere. He looks destined for great things.
MF: Dele Alli
It’s strange to think that Dele Alli will be just 26 when the Qatar World Cup kicks off. He looks destined to win plenty of England caps between now and then.
MF: Jadon Sancho
Jadon Sancho is currently making waves in Germany for Borussia Dortmund. At age 22, we guess that he’ll be an England regular and whilst he normally plays out wide, we see him prospering in the role Jesse Lingard played in the 2018 tournament.
LWB: Ryan Sessegnon
At left-wing back, we see Ryan Sessegnon getting the nod. He’s about to embark on his Premier League career with Fulham and by 2022, we think he’ll be a star.
ST: Raheem Sterling
Raheem Sterling will be turning 27 around the time that the next World Cup is being played. He gets a lot of stick but he’s still a great player and he should still be in the side.
ST: Harry Kane
By age 28, Harry Kane could have broken all kinds of England records. He’ll likely captain the side again in 2022.
Manager: Gareth Southgate
We think that Gareth Southgate will still be in charge by 2022. He’s invested in youth and he’ll be the man looking to cash in by taking a more experienced team to Qatar.