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FIFA World Cup: England coach Gareth Southgate submits SECRET provisional squad, players not INFORMED

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FIFA World Cup: FIFA World Cup LIVE – England have sent a 55-man provisional World Cup squad to FIFA. Interestingly enough…

FIFA World Cup: FIFA World Cup LIVE – England have sent a 55-man provisional World Cup squad to FIFA. Interestingly, the players have no idea if they are part of the squad or have been left out! England manager Gareth Southgate has decided to keep the provisional squad ‘secret’ and the FA has not officially released the list. Follow FIFA World Cup LIVE updates on InsideSport.IN.

FIFA World Cup: England coach Gareth Southgate submits SECRET provisional squad, players NOT INFORMED – CHECK OUT

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Southgate’s decision means the England players will have no idea whether they are in the reckoning for the World Cup until the official 26-man squad is announced. Even the clubs of the selected players have not been informed of the list. According to reports, Southgate is trying to protect the players from ‘distractions’ and keep his cards close to himself leading up to the World Cup. The deadline for announcing the 26-strong final squad is 14 November.

FIFA World Cup: England coach Gareth Southgate submits SECRET provisional squad, players NOT INFORMED – CHECK OUT

The English players on the fringes of the national team, such as James Maddison, Kieran Trippier and Aaron Ramsdale, among others, must now wait for a longer time to know if they are in the plans for the World Cup. Southgate’s decision also means we don’t know for sure whether injured players such as Reece James and Kalvin Phillips are part of the squad or have been officially ruled out.

FIFA World Cup: England coach Gareth Southgate submits SECRET provisional squad, players NOT INFORMED – CHECK OUT

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Reece James is a major doubt for the tournament after picking up an injury during his club Chelsea’s Uefa Champions League clash with AC Milan. The speedy full-back is an integral part of Gareth Southgate’s squad and if he misses the World Cup flight it will be a huge blow for the Three Lions. Meanwhile, Manchester City midfielder Kalvin Phillips suffered a dislocated shoulder last month and is almost certain to miss the big event.

FIFA World Cup: England coach Gareth Southgate submits SECRET provisional squad, players not informed – CHECK OUT

England are placed in Group B at the World Cup along with Iran, USA and Wales. They will be seen in action for the first time on November 21 against Iran at the Khalifa International Stadium in Al Rayyan. The Three Lions will then take on the USA on November 25 before facing neighbors Wales on November 29.

FIFA World Cup: England coach Gareth Southgate submits SECRET provisional squad, players NOT INFORMED – CHECK OUT

Follow FIFA World Cup LIVE updates on InsideSport.IN

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