England coach Gareth Southgate has announced his squad for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, with AC Milan’s Fikayo Tomori the most surprising exclusion.
Despite a series of defensive injury concerns in the run-up to Qatar, the former Chelsea player has not been included.
Tomori was selected in September for England’s games against Italy and Germany but left out of the matchday squad for the 3-3 draw with Hansi Flick’s side.
Newcastle’s Callum Wilson has been rewarded for his strong start to the campaign after scoring six goals in his opening 10 matches.
The former Bournemouth man made it his goal to go to the Qatar World Cup and as a result, earn his first Three Lions’ call-up since 2019.
“I’ve achieved a lot given where I started in my career, but this is the ultimate; this is the final leap and the pinnacle of what you can achieve, playing for your country at a World Cup,” Wilson told the Daily Telegraph.
‘It’s the biggest thing you can get. It would be unreal. I’m 30, there isn’t going to be another opportunity. I’m not stupid, I know I’ll be 34 by the time the next one comes around – this is it, this is the moment.”
England World Cup squad in full
Goalkeepers: Pickford, Pope, Ramsdale;
Defenders: Alexander-Arnold, Coady, Dier, Maguire, Shaw, Stones, Trippier, Walker, White;
Midfielders: Bellingham, Gallagher, Rice, Henderson, Mount, Phillips;
Forwards: Foden, Grealish, Kane, Maddison, Rashford, Saka, Sterling, Wilson