Midfielders – Declan Rice, Jude Bellingham, Mason Mount, Jordan Henderson, James Maddison and Kalvin Phillips
There are certainties in the squad and it will be no shock to English fans to see the names listed above. The two players with question marks have to go.
Phillips is needed in the squad and a chance of being fit following 40 minutes of action favours him over other options such as James Ward-Prowse and Connor Gallagher.
The City midfielder’s performances in the Euros alongside Rice will be a massive boost for England’s chances of exceeding expectations in the Middle East.
Maddison gets the nod over Eberechi Eze due to his greater influence over their respective struggling team. The Leicester City playmaker has scored six and assisted four in 12 Premier League games in a side that has largely underperformed.
He has not featured since his solitary cap in 2019 so many won’t be surprised if he is overlooked again.
Now, only Southgate knows the full reason behind Maddison being snubbed for so many England camps, with disciplinary reasons given as the only explanation – definitely not his Leicester performances.