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How England could line-up with Gareth Southgate using fringe stars of 55-man squad including Welbeck and Eze

GARETH SOUTHGATE has named a 55-man provisional England squad for the World Cup later this month.

The Three Lions boss will need to trim that number down to 26 by November 14 – with the England manager expected to do so four days earlier on November 10.

Welbeck is a surprise inclusion in Southgate’s 55-man squad
Eze is an outside bet to make England’s final 26-man World Cup squad

But for the time being there are a host of fringe stars who will be hoping a late upturn in form or injuries could see them included in the final squad.

And SunSport has taken a look at the team Southgate could field from those who are expected to have made the 55-player roster.

In goal, Dean Henderson is thought to be the fourth choice behind Jordan Pickford, Aaron Ramsdale and Nick Pope.

At the back, Leicester’s James Justin could be called upon on the left side if anything happens to either Luke Shaw or Ben Chilwell.

Southgate has a host of fringe players to call on outside of his favoured stars

At centre-half, Lewis Dunk has been confirmed in the provisional squad, with Liverpool defender Joe Gomez also making a late play for selection after a run in Jurgen Klopp’s team.

Arsenal man Ben White props up the back line as he has shown his versatility this season, moving out to right-back.

And with injuries to Reece James and Kyle Walker, Southgate could be tempted to pick the Gunners star.

In midfield, Chelsea man Loftus-Cheek and Crystal Palace talent Eberechi Eze are a pair already confirmed to be in the 55.


Leicester playmaker James Maddison is another who has put himself in the frame following a superb start to the season.

And Everton youngster Anthony Gordon has also starred for his club and will be looking to translate that to a national team call up.

Then up front, Brighton’s Danny Welbeck was confirmed alongside Dunk as a fellow surprising Seagulls player in Southgate’s provisional World Cup squad.

And he is joined in attack by Newcastle striker Callum Wilson – who has not been capped since 2019 but is in the form of his life after six goals in his opening nine Premier League games.

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