Gareth Southgate has announced his final squad for the upcoming FIFA World Cup, and due to the number of talented players available at his disposal, there were bound to be a few surprise omissions.
The obvious names were there, with Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, Declan Rice, Jude Bellingham, Bukayo Saka, John Stones, and Jordan Pickford all making the plane to Qatar. However, beyond that is where the debates began.
In goal, Arsenal's Aaron Ramsdale and Newcastle's Nick Pope will offer cover and competition for the aforementioned Everton shot-stopper. Additionally, Southgate has stuck with the maligned Harry Maguire, calling up the Manchester United skipper alongside Eric Dier, Luke Shaw, Kyle Walker, and Kieran Trippier.
Ben Chilwell and Reece James were ruled out due to injury, thus opening up slots for in-form Arsenal defender Ben White and Liverpool star Trent Alexander-Arnold, a player that garners polarizing opinions online.
In midfield, Rice and Bellingham are joined by Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson and Chelsea duo Mason Mount and Conor Gallagher. Meanwhile, Kalvin Phillips has recovered from injury in time to make the cut while James Ward-Prowse sadly missed out.
In attack is where things get interesting. After varying reports regarding James Maddison, England have decided to call up the in-form Leicester star, a decision which has been celebrated by the public. Meanwhile, Marcus Rashford's lovely form has earned him a spot in the 2022 FIFA World Cup while Callum Wilson has beaten out competition from Ivan Toney and Tammy Abraham to be Kane's deputy.
There was no room for Manchester United ace Jadon Sancho, who despite all his talent, is struggling to perform at Old Trafford. Dan Burn and Lewis Dunk will also watch the tournament from home while the omission of Brentford's Ivan Toney has sparked some controversy.
Meanwhile, AC Milan sensation Fikayo Tomori was met with heartbreaking news while Everton's Conor Coady was given the nod instead. Check out England's complete 26-man squad in complete below.