England squad picture released and numbers announced as Three Lions prepare to travel to Qatar | UK News
England have released a photo of their World Cup squad as they prepare to travel to Qatar.
This photo of 26 players and manager Gareth Southgate shows them wearing the official Marks and Spencer tailors.
A beaming Southgate can be seen sitting in the middle of the group with captain Harry Kane and veteran midfielder Jordan Henderson.
Along with the picture, the team’s number was also revealed when the group met at St George’s Park in Burton Upon Trent, Staffordshire, ahead of their flight to Doha on Tuesday.
Southgate handed out jersey numbers 1 to 12 to the very players who wore them at Euro 2020, where they lost to Italy on penalties in the final at Wembley.
Jordan Pickford once again wore the number one shirt while captain Harry Kane kept the number nine shirt.
Kalvin Phillips, Conor Coady, Mason Mount and Phil Foden also wear the same number 14, 16, 19 and 20 jerseys as they did at the European Championships last year.
Leicester’s James Maddison was handed the number 25 shirt, ending any lingering doubts about his fitness after he was injured at the weekend in the Foxes’ 2-0 win over West Ham.
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Two other goalkeepers, Nick Pope and Aaron Ramsdale, wear the number 13 and 23, respectively.
Bukayo Saka has been promoted to number 17, along with Trent Alexander-Arnold, who missed last year’s European Championships through injury, receiving the number 18 shirt, and Eric Dier, who failed to make it to the final tournament. with shirt number 15.
Ben White is 21, Jude Bellingham is 22, Callum Wilson is 24 and completing the squad at 26 is Conor Gallagher.
The Three Lions’ first match against Iran will begin on November 21.
Their second game against the United States comes on 25 November with the final group stage game against Wales taking place on 29 November.