2022 World Cup: England's predicted XI from 2017 hasn't aged well

England’s XI for the 2022 World Cup out in Qatar will be predicted by many over the next couple of months.

We’re now tantalisingly close to the latest edition of sport’s biggest tournament, which means fans and pundits alike will be weighing in with their opinions on who Gareth Southgate should field for the Three Lions’ first group game against Iran.

It’s always tough making such predictions, especially when you’re making them five years before the tournament actually kicks off.

But that’s exactly what The Mirror attempted in 2017. The publication named the ‘brilliant’ England XI for the 2022 World Cup and unsurprisingly, it hasn’t aged well.

Let’s run through their prediction…

GK – Jordan Pickford (Everton)

Okay, not the worst start. Pickford is currently England’s number one goalkeeper thanks to his fine form at Everton and has previously shined for his country at major tournaments, Euro 2020 in particular.

Jordan Pickford celebrates England goal at Euro 2020
ROME, ITALY – JULY 03: Jordan Pickford of England celebrates their side’s second goal scored by Harry Maguire during the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Quarter-final match between Ukraine and England at Olimpico Stadium on July 03, 2021 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

RB – Joe Gomez (Liverpool)

Injuries have curtailed Gomez’s career at both club and international level. The versatile defender has 11 England caps to his name, but hasn’t represented the Three Lions since 2020 and will likely miss out on a spot in Southgate’s World Cup squad.

CB – Dael Fry (Middlesbrough)

Fry was a regular in England’s youth teams, however, he’s yet to make the step up to senior level. The giant centre-back is also hasn’t played a single game in the Premier League, having spent the vast majority of his career at Boro – aside from a short loan spell at Rotherham.

Dael Fry in action with England U21
Dael Fry of England during the U21 European Championship Qualifier between England U21 and Ukraine U21 at Bramall Lane on March 27, 2018 in Sheffield, England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

CB – Joel Latibeaudiere (Swansea City)

Like Fry, Latibeaudiere is yet to make an appearance in the Premier League, however, he does have an international cap to his name for Jamaica after switching allegiances earlier this year. The former Manchester City man may become a regular with the ‘Reggae Boyz’ in the near future.

LB – Kyle Walker-Peters (Southampton)

Not the worst shout to be fair. Walker-Peters has two England caps under his belt thanks to some fine displays in a Southampton shirt of late, but it’s highly unlikely he’ll be on the plane to Qatar later this year.

Kyle Walker-Peters applauds England fans
LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 26: Kyle Walker-Peters of England applauds the crowd during the international friendly match between England and Switzerland at Wembley Stadium on March 26, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

CM – Nathaniel Chalobah (Fulham)

Chalobah is currently one of England’s one-cap wonders thanks to his brief cameo against Spain in 2018. But the chances of the Chelsea academy graduate earning a second are slim to none, although in football, we’ve learned not to rule anything out.

CM – Josh Onomah (Fulham)

Onomah represented England from U16 level all the way up to U21 and for a while, he was also excelling at Fulham after joining from Tottenham Hotspur. Now, the midfielder can’t even get a game at Craven Cottage. He has at least been included in the club’s 25-man Premier League squad list, though.

Josh Onomah in action with England U21 side
WALSALL, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 11: Josh Onomah of England U21 is faced by Kerim Memija of Bosnia and Herzegovina U21 during the UEFA European U21 Championship Group 9 qualifying match between England and Bosnia and Herzegovina at Banks’ Stadium on October 11, 2016 in Walsall, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

CM – Dele Alli (Besiktas)

In 2017, you’d have sworn Alli would go on to earn 100 England caps, but that hasn’t turned out to be the case. After years of decline, the former Spurs midfielder is now playing for Besiktas and it’s likely we’ll never see him in a Three Lions jersey again.

CAM – Phil Foden (Manchester City)

A rare great shout in the XI. Foden is both the present and future of the England team, with his performances at City over the past year or so likely to secure him a starting berth at the 2022 World Cup.

Phil Foden with England
LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 18: Phil Foden of England looks on during the UEFA Nations League group stage match between England and Iceland at Wembley Stadium on November 18, 2020 in London, England. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Neil Hall – Pool/Getty Images)

ST – Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur)

England’s current captain and soon-to-be record goalscorer. Yeah, we don’t really need to say much more than that. Fair play, The Mirror…

ST – Rhian Brewster (Sheffield United)

So after two brilliant predictions, we finish with a dreadful one. Brewster was a star in England’s youth ranks and was tipped for big things when he completed a £20 million move to Sheffield United from Liverpool. Sadly, he’s scored just four goals in 56 games for the Blades, which is a truly damning stat…

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