England's 2022 World Cup squad: Peter Crouch picks Rashford & Sancho

In just over six months time, England‘s 2022 World Cup campaign will get underway.

The Three Lions play Iran on November 21st, before doing battle with USA and one of Wales, Scotland or Ukraine in their other two group stage matches.

England are expected to cruise into the knockout stage of the tournament and they’re one of the big favourites to lift the coveted Jules Rimet trophy.

Gareth Southgate’s side have improved considerably since reaching the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup.

The Three Lions are blessed with top-quality options in virtually every single position, particularly at right-back where Trent Alexander-Arnold, Reece James and Kyle Walker will fight for a starting berth.

Picking a 24-man squad for the World Cup out in Qatar is going to be a mighty tough task for Southgate and his staff, of that there is no doubt.

In the build-up to the tournament, pretty much everyone will name the group of players they believe should be on the plane.

Ex-England striker Peter Crouch has gone a tad earlier than most and already named a 24-man Three Lions squad for the 2022 World Cup in his column with the Daily Mail.

The lanky pundit has certainly made some bold calls…

Crouch’s 24-man England squad for 2022 World Cup

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

Defenders: Kyle Walker (Man City), Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Reece James (Chelsea), Harry Maguire (Man Utd), John Stones (Man City), Conor Coady (Wolves), Luke Shaw (Man Utd) & Ben Chilwell (Chelsea).

Midfielders: Declan Rice (West Ham), Kalvin Phillips (Leeds Utd), Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) & Mason Mount (Chelsea).

Forwards: Harry Kane (Tottenham), Raheem Sterling (Man City), Phil Foden (Man City), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), Jack Grealish (Man City), Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton), Marcus Rashford (Man Utd) & Jadon Sancho (Man Utd).

Some very notable absentees, including Tammy Abraham, Conor Gallagher, Ben White, Emile Smith Rowe, Tyrone Mings, Marc Guehi, James Ward-Prowse, James Maddison, Ollie Watkins and Jarrod Bowen.

The fact so many players who’re performing brilliantly at their respective clubs miss out further highlights the embarrassment of riches available to Southgate.

Rashford and Calvert-Lewin’s inclusions in Crouch’s squad will certainly raise a few eyebrows, as both have struggled immensely during the 2021/22 season thus far.

Abraham and Bowen on the other hand have been absolutely electric at AS Roma and West Ham. On current form, both are far more deserving of a place in England’s World Cup squad.

But a lot can change in the space of six months in football. Injuries and loss/improvement of form over the course of that time period will drastically change the picture when it comes to who represents the Three Lions on the biggest stage of all.

Roll on November 21st…

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