England World Cup squad: Sancho leads high-profile names left out

Jadon Sancho is the high-profile absentee as Gareth Southgate announces his 26-man World Cup squad, with Tammy Abraham and James Ward-Prowse also left at home… but who else failed to make the cut?

  • England boss Gareth Southgate announced his official squad on Thursday  
  • Jadon Sancho was the high-profile name who failed to make the 26-man squad 
  • Tammy Abraham and James Ward-Prowse were also overlooked by Southgate 
  • Fans left furious as Eric Dier and Harry Maguire are picked over Fikayo Tomori  
  • FOLLOW all the reaction LIVE as Southgate speaks following the reveal
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Manchester United star Jadon Sancho was the high-profile absentee as Gareth Southgate confirmed his World Cup squad for Qatar on Thursday. 

The 22-year-old, who joined the Manchester club only last summer for a whopping £73million, has struggled for form since arriving in England, last making an appearance for the Three Lions in September last year. 

And Southgate, who announced his squad with a little over a week to go until the tournament gets underway on November 20, has opted not to take the former Borussia Dortmund star to Qatar. 

Jadon Sancho was the high-profile absentee as Gareth Southgate announced his World Cup squad

Boss Southgate has named his official 26-man squad for the World Cup starting in November

Sancho was not the only notable star to miss out on a place, however, with Serie A pair Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori also agonisingly left out. 

Marc Guehi, Ivan Toney, James Ward-Prowse and Jarrod Bowen – all of whom had high hopes of making the squad – were also overlooked. 

Roma striker Abraham has paid the price for poor form with his club, even receiving recent criticism from manager Jose Mourinho, with Newcastle’s Callum Wilson in to act as deputy to England captain Harry Kane up front.

While Tottenham defender Eric Dier – who in September was called up to his first England squad since 2020 – was included in Southgate’s selection, there was no space for his Spurs team-mate Ryan Sessegnon.

That’s even despite the absence of an injured Ben Chilwell, with Luke Shaw’s sole recongised left-back in the squad. 

Roma striker Tammy Abraham has paid the price for poor club form and misses out as well

Fikayo Tomori (left) and Marc Guehi (right) have also missed out on a plane ticket to Qatar

West Ham winger Jarrod Bowen, in poor form this season, misses out on the squad as well

Of course, Chelsea full back Reece James misses out after failing to recover from a knee injury. ‘Devastated,’ he wrote on social media. ‘The minute I injured my knee, I knew the turnaround to make the World Cup would be tight, but I always felt it was possible.’

Dominic Calvert-Lewin has now also suffered another injury blow, in addition to the one that put him out of the England squad for the World Cup.

Calvert Lewin, 25, has sustained a dislocated shoulder as well as the hamstring injury in the defeat to Leicester last weekend.

That had put paid to any hopes Calvert-Lewin had of making the World Cup squad despite recent performances putting him back in contention.

On leaving out a number of high-profile stars, Southgate, speaking shortly after the announcement, stated: ‘It’s really tough and there’s not many situations harder than that in football and I’m very conscious of that. 

‘Tammy has had a poor run of scoring form at the wrong time and it’s not a case where we are three-four weeks away from the final and first match. 

‘We’re 10 days away and form could be more important. We don’t really know where the players are until we see them face-to-face.’ 

James Maddison is the headline inclusion as he was named in Southgate’s official squad

Meanwhile, James Maddison, Marcus Rashford and Conor Coady were the headline inclusions, with questions marks surrounding all three prior to the official announcement. 

Maddison was initially feared to be in danger of missing out on a plane ticket to Qatar – despite his scintillating season with Leicester – but his form has been rewarded by Southgate, while Manchester United forward Rashford has been reinvigorated under new boss Erik ten Hag.

Conor Gallagher, Conor Coady and Callum Wilson are also perhaps surprise inclusions in the 26-man list for the Qatar tournament which begins later this month.

Kyle Walker is included in Southgate’s squad after recovering sufficiently from groin surgery, while team-mate Kalvin Phillips also made the cut despite recently undergoing surgery. 

England squad for the Qatar World Cup

Goalkeepers: Jordan Pickford (Everton), Nick Pope (Newcastle), Aaron Ramsdale (Arsenal).

Defenders: Kieran Trippier (Newcastle), Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Kyle Walker (Manchester City), Ben White (Arsenal), John Stones (Manchester City), Eric Dier (Tottenham), Conor Coady (Wolves), Harry Maguire (Manchester United), Luke Shaw (Manchester United).

Midfielders: Declan Rice (West Ham), Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Kalvin Phillips (Manchester City), Mason Mount (Chelsea), Conor Gallagher (Chelsea). 

Forwards: Raheem Sterling (Chelsea), Phil Foden (Manchester City), Jack Grealish (Manchester City), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), James Maddison (Leicester), Harry Kane (captain, Tottenham), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Callum Wilson (Newcastle).

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