World Cup: England's statistical best XI in 2022/23 - Sterling & Foden miss out

Gareth Southgate, England manager

The World Cup in Qatar is just two months away.

England will go into the tournament as one of the favourites.

The Three Lions reached the semi-finals four years ago and were beaten in the Euro 2020 final by Italy on penalties.

But how will Gareth Southgate’s side line up with the tournament just two months away?

Using statistics provided by, we’ve named the best performing English XI in Europe’s top five leagues this season.

So, if the World Cup started tomorrow and it was based purely on form, this is what the England team would look like…


GK: Nick Pope – 7.27

Pickford is currently England’s number one but it’s Pope who has been the nation’s best goalkeeper in 2022/23. He has kept three clean sheets for Newcastle this season.

RB: Kieran Trippier – 7.37

England are well stocked at right-back,. It’s Trippier who has been the best performing English right-back this season, helping Newcastle to three clean sheets and notching a superb free-kick against Man City.

Kieran Trippier in action for England
ROME, ITALY – JULY 03: Kieran Trippier of England celebrates after victory in the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Quarter-final match between Ukraine and England at Olimpico Stadium on July 03, 2021 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Alessandra Tarantino – Pool/Getty Images)

CB: James Tarkowski – 7.05

Stats suggest Tarkowski should return to the England set-up. His only two appearances for his nation came back in 2018.

CB: Chris Smalling – 7.03

Smalling has not played for England since 2017 but has rediscovered his form at AS Roma.

LB: Matt Targett – 6.98

Targett has never played for England. Despite his form with Newcastle, a call-up to the Three Lions’ World Cup squad seems unlikely.

CM: James Ward-Prowse – 7.10

Southampton’s captain has recorded two goal contributions so far in 2022/23.

CM: Jude Bellingham – 7.38

Bellingham, just 19, has already emerged into a top centre midfielder. He’s almost certain to be a starter in Qatar.

Jude Bellingham in action for England
BURTON UPON TRENT, ENGLAND – MARCH 22: Jude Bellingham of England reacts during the England Training Session at St George’s Park on March 22, 2022 in Burton upon Trent, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

RW: Bukayo Saka – 7.25

Saka has scored once and recorded three assists in Arsenal’s brilliant start to the Premier League campaign.

LW: Jack Harrison – 7.28

Harrison has never played for England. There’s a lot of competition in his position but statistics suggest he deserves a chance.

ST: Harry Kane – 7.53

No surprises to see Kane in the side. Barring injury, he will lead the line for England in Qatar.

ST: Ivan Toney – 7.76

Toney has been electric to start the 2022/23 season. He netted a brilliant hat-trick against Leeds in his last outing, taking his goal tally to the season to five.

England's statistical best XI in 2022/23


Among the players that do not make it into the best statistical English XI in the 2022/23 season include Jordan Pickford, Reece James, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Harry Maguire, Phil Foden, Raheem Sterling and Declan Rice.

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