Manchester United trio Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw and Marcus Rashford named in the England 2022 World Cup squad
The three players from the Old Trafford side are set to travel to Qatar. Southgate’s team will be looking to get their hands on the converted golden trophy in the Middle East.
England will commence their Group B campaign on 21 November against Iran at the Khalifa International Stadium. The Three Lions will also have to contend with the United States of America and Wales to book a place in the round of 16.
The United trio have been an essential part of the national team’s setup in recent tournaments. Maguire was a pivotal part of the English side that reached the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup in Russia. However, the Three Lions fell short against Croatia.
Then during Euro 2020, the centre-back was once again a key member as England were moments away from getting their hands on silverware. But Italy upset the Three Lions at Wembley Stadium in the penalty shootouts.
Shaw was a regular for Southgate during the UEFA European Championship. The left-back was impressive throughout the competition and scored the opening goal in the final against Gli Azzurri.
However, the duo have since struggled to be consistent at United. Both Maguire and Shaw have seen a dip in their form in recent months. However, the English manager still seems to trust them.
Rashford had found himself out of the Three Lions’ side since Euro 2020. He missed a spot kick in the penalty shootout against Italy. And the 25-year-old looked devoid of confidence in the 2021/22 campaign.
Fortunately, the forward has seemingly found his feet under Erik ten Hag. And now. Southgate has picked the United academy graduate to represent his national team at the most prestigious tournament in football.
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It remains to be seen what role the three stars play during the World Cup. England will evidently hope to get their hands on the golden trophy for just the second time in their history in Qatar.