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.
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, due to the climate in the Asian country.
England will be hoping to end what will then be a 56-year wait for a World Cup win, but which players will be representing the Three Lions at the tournament?
We’ve predicted the 23-man squad that will fly to Qatar in 2022 to bring football home.
Manager: Gareth Southgate
Unless he’s involved in some sort of scandal (he wouldn’t be the first England manager to be), then Gareth Southgate should get the chance to manage his country at a second World Cup.
GK: Jordan Pickford
Jordan Pickford will be just 28 years old in 2022 and he’s likely to keep his place as his country’s number one from now up until that point.
GK: Nick Pope
Nick Pope went to the last World Cup and we expect him to be back-up to Jordan Pickford in Qatar
GK: Dean Henderson
Henderson is currently on the books of Manchester United but on loan at Sheffield United. He’s playing extremely well and should be a Premier League goalkeeper in the near future.
DF: 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.
DF: 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.
DF: 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.
DF: Ezri Konsa
It looks a matter of time before Brentford’s Ezri Konsa makes a move to a Premier League side. He’ll turn 25 in 2022 and by then, he should be a household name.
DF: Trent Alexander-Arnold
Trent Alexander-Arnold, at age 24, should be an England regular when the World Cup comes along.
DF: Ben Chilwell
Ben Chilwell recently earned a call up to the national side and if he continues to develop well at Leicester, he should be in the squad for years to come.
DF: Ryan Sessegnon
At left wing-back, we see Ryan Sessegnon getting the nod. He just embarked on his Premier League career with Fulham and by 2022, we think he’ll be a star.
DF: Kieran Trippier
As great as it is to invest in youth, all squads need some experience and in 2022, 31-year-old Kieran Trippier will provide that. His set-pieces will be important once again.
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: Ruben Loftus-Cheek
Ruben Loftus-Cheek went to the World Cup in Russia and we back him to get on the plane to Qatar too.
MF: Jordan Henderson
Jordan Henderson has been around forever but in 2022, he’ll be 32-years-old and will bring some much-needed experience to a young squad.
MF: Mason Mount
Chelsea’s Mason Mount has been excellent on loan at Derby County. By 2022, he’ll be 23 years old and will likely be a Chelsea regular by that point.
MF: James Maddison
James Maddison will turn 26 years old during the 2022 tournament. He’s recently earned an England call-up and all things being well, he should have plenty of caps by the time he flies out to Qatar.
MF: Phil Foden
By 2022, 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: Jesse Lingard
It’s odd to think that Jesse Lingard will turn 30 in December 2022 but that’s exactly what will happen. Worked with Southgate a lot over the years, beginning in England’s youth teams, and seems to be well trusted by the England gaffer.
FW: 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.
FW: Marcus Rashford
Marcus Rashford will be 25 by the time the next World Cup comes around. By then, he could have upwards of 75 caps for his country.
FW: 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 by 2022, and he could be playing in the Premier League by that point.
FW: Harry Kane (C)
By age 28, Harry Kane could have broken all kinds of England records. He’ll likely captain his country again in 2022.
FW: Rhian Brewster
Perhaps a surprise shout but huge things are expected of Liverpool’s Rhian Brewster. He won the Golden Boot as England’s U17’s won the U17 World Cup in 2017 and by the time 2022 rolls around, we expect him to be a regular goalscorer in the Premier League.