World Cup 2022: Eberechi Eze, James Maddison and Callum Wilson in England contention

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Eberechi Eze, James Maddison and Callum Wilson are still in contention to make England’s World Cup squad as Gareth Southgate prepares to cut his 55-man long-list down to 26 players who will head to Qatar next week

  • Southgate will confirm his 26-man England squad for the World Cup next week 
  • Three Lions boss is set to cut down his 55-player pool to decide the final squad
  • Crystal Palace attacker Eze and Leicester’s Maddison still have a chance 
  • Newcastle United striker Wilson arguably has the strongest chance of making it 
  • Click here for all the latest World Cup 2022 news and updates

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Eberechi Eze, James Maddison and Callum Wilson are among the outsiders still in contention to be selected in England’s World Cup squad.

Gareth Southgate selects his 26-man party for Qatar next Thursday but there aren’t expected to be too many surprises, though the injuries to Kyle Walker and Reece James has raised questions over the make-up of England’s defensive options.

The England manager’s final squad will be whittled down from an original list of 55 names, that was submitted to FIFA last month.

Newcastle striker Callum Wilson still has a chance of making England’s World Cup squad

Gareth Southgate is poised to confirm his 26-man squad heading to the tournament in Qatar

Gareth Southgate is poised to confirm his 26-man squad heading to the tournament in Qatar

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And Sportsmail understands Eagles attacker Eze, Leicester attacker Maddison and Newcastle striker Wilson are among the names picked in Southgate’s initial long-list of player.

Given the huge competition for places in Southgate’s squad, it would come as a surprise if any of the three make the final cut next week.

But the trio remain in with a chance of making squad that is schedule to fly to Qatar on November 15 – six days before their tournament opener against Iran.

Of the aforementioned three, Wilson may have the best opportunity of making the squad with Southgate short of genuine firepower.

Leicester's James Maddison still retains a chance of making it into the final 26-man selection

Leicester’s James Maddison still retains a chance of making it into the final 26-man selection

Crystal Palace attacker Eberechi Eze is another name still in contention for the World Cup

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Crystal Palace attacker Eberechi Eze is another name still in contention for the World Cup

The form of Marcus Rashford at Manchester United, however, could see Wilson’s chances restricted.

Southgate is a big fan of Rashford and has hoped the forward would return to form in time for the World Cup.

The United striker, under Erik ten Hag, is approaching his best form and is now in line for a recall for Qatar.

Joe Gomez and Ben White are among the defenders hoping to capitalise on the potential absences of Walker and James.

Marcus Rashford has returned to form at the perfect time as Southgate selects his squad

Marcus Rashford has returned to form at the perfect time as Southgate selects his squad

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