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With the dust settling on England’s World Cup squad announcement, the build-up to Qatar continues as Spain and the Netherlands prepare to name their selections for the tournament.
James Maddison, Callum Wilson and Conor Gallagher were the headline picks from Southgate’s 26-man group, with Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori among those disappointed to be left out.
Germany and Belgium also named their squads on Thursday, with all eyes now turning to Luis Enrique’s Spain and Louis van Gaal’s Netherlands ahead of their announcements. It comes ahead of the final weekend of club action before the World Cup begins, with Premier League managers set to offer any updates in today’s press conferences on fitness or injury concerns.
Follow all the latest news and squad announcements from the 32 teams below
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Netherlands squad in full
Goalkeepers: Justin Bijlow (Feyenoord), Remko Pasveer (Ajax), Andries Noppert (sc Heerenveen)
Defenders: Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool), Nathan Aké (Manchester City), Daley Blind (Ajax), Jurriën Timber (Ajax), Denzel Dumfries (Internazionale), Stefan de Vrij (Internazionale), Mathijs de Ligt (Bayern Munich), Tyrell Malacia (Manchester United), Jeremie Frimpong (Bayer Leverkusen)
Midfielders: Frenkie de Jong (FC Barcelona), Steven Berghuis (Ajax), Davy Klaassen (Ajax), Teun Koopmeiners (Atalanta), Cody Gakpo (PSV), Marten de Roon (Atalanta), Kenneth Taylor (Ajax), Xavi Simons (PSV)
Forwards: Memphis Depay (FC Barcelona), Steven Bergwijn (Ajax), Vincent Janssen (Royal Antwerp FC), Luuk de Jong (PSV), Noa Lang (Club Brugge), Wout Weghorst (Beşiktaş)
Michael Jones11 November 2022 11:35
Netherlands squad announcement
Louis van Gaal has named the 26 players he’ll be taking to the World Cup. Here’s the announcement video for the Netherlands:
Michael Jones11 November 2022 11:32
Wales to take Luke Harris and Jordan James to World Cup with ‘one eye on future’
Uncapped teenagers Jordan James and Luke Harris will travel with Wales’ World Cup squad to Qatar.
Birmingham midfielder James and highly-rated Fulham prospect Harris both missed out on selection when Wales manager Robert Page named his 26-man squad on Wednesday.
But Page has confirmed that the pair, who both featured in Wales’ last Nations League squad in September, will join Gareth Bale and company in the Gulf this month.
He said: “We brought them into the last camp and were really impressed. I think it is important now we have one eye on the future.”
Michael Jones11 November 2022 11:29
Haaland could have played for England
Manchester City’s goalscoring machine Erling Haaland could have been travelling to Qatar as a vital cog in Gareth Southgate’s squad if things had turned out differently.
Haaland is part of the Norwegian national team and has 21 goals in 23 appearances at international level but the 22-year-old was actually born in Leeds, back in 2000 when his father Alf-Inge Haaland was playing at Elland Road.
Haaland’s father then moved to City for three years – which played a part in why Erling joined them this summer – before returning to Norway.
Norway failed to qualify for this year’s World Cup and Haaland says he might have ended up playing for England if his dad had spent more time in the country.
“I lived here [England] for three-and-a-half/four years and I lived in Norway for such a long time, so then it was natural for me to choose Norway,” Haaland explained to Goal.
“You never know how it would be if maybe my father played longer in England or whatever, maybe I would be English, I don’t know. But yeah, I’m Norwegian and I’m proud of it.”
Michael Jones11 November 2022 11:22
Senegal World Cup squad: Sadio Mane selected despite injury scare
Mane was forced off while playing for Bayern Munich on Tuesday as the German club confirmed the 30-year-old has suffered an injury “to the head of his right fibula”.
The forward was subsequently ruled out of Bayern’s match against Schalke this weekend while the results of further tests have determined he does not require surgery.
Senegal manager Aliou Cisse explained upon announcing his 26-player squad for Qatar that he did not want to rule Mane out of the World Cup and wanted to give this year’s Ballon d’Or runner-up every chance of playing in the tournament.
Michael Jones11 November 2022 11:15
Van Gaal set to name Netherlands squad
As well as the announcement of Spain’s World Cup squad, Louis van Gaal is set to name the 26 players which will make up the contingent from the Netherlands.
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Michael Jones11 November 2022 11:08
Senegal World Cup squad in full
Goalkeepers: Seny Dieng (QPR), Alfred Gomis (Rennes), Edouard Mendy (Chelsea)
Defenders: Pape Abou Cisse (Olympiacos), Fode Ballo-Toure (Milan), Abdou Diallo (RB Leipzig), Ismail Jakobs (Monaco), Kalidou Koulibaly (Chelsea), Formose Mendy (Amiens), Youssouf Sabaly (Real Betis)
Midfielders: Pathe Ciss (Rayo Vallecano), Krepin Diatta (Monaco), Idrissa Gana Gueye (Everton), Pape Gueye (Marseille), Cheikhou Kouyate (Nottingham Forest), Pape Matar Sarr (Tottenham), Mamadou Loum (Reading), Nampalys Mendy (Leicester), Moustapha Name (Patos)
Forwards: Boulaye Dia (Salernitana), Famara Diédhiou (Alanyaspor), Bamba Dieng (Marseille), Nicolas Jackson (Villarreal), Sadio Mane (Bayern Munich), Iliman Ndiaye (Sheffield United), Ismaila Sarr (Watford)
Michael Jones11 November 2022 11:00
Senegal World Cup squad confirmed
Aliou Cisse has named his Senegalese squad for the World Cup and despite picking up an injury playing for Bayern Munich earlier in the week Sadio Mane is named in the 26!
Senegal are one of the possible opponents that England could face in the early knockout stages should the Three Lions make it out of the group.
Michael Jones11 November 2022 10:52
Thomas Frank reacts to Ivan Toney’s England World Cup omission
Toney has scored eight goals in 13 Premier League appearances this season, with many believing he had made enough of a case for selection.
But Toney’s name was not among the eight forwards named on Thursday, while Newcastle’s Callum Wilson and Leicester’s James Maddison made the 26-man squad headed to Qatar.
“I said (to Toney) these coaches, they don’t always take the best decisions, including myself,” Frank told a press conference.
Michael Jones11 November 2022 10:45
Gareth Southgate admits Tammy Abraham’s ‘poor run of scoring’ cost him England World Cup squad place
The Newcastle forward has hit six goals and made two more in the Premier League this season, with Abraham scoring just his third Serie A goal against Sassuolo last night, with one assist.
“Tammy has had a poor run of scoring form at the wrong time,” Southgate admitted. “It’s not a case where we’re three to four weeks away from the finals, we’re 10 days.”
Michael Jones11 November 2022 10:37