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FIFA World Cup: England right-back CRISIS grows for Gareth Southgate ahead of Qatar World Cup, check 3 substitutions

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FIFA World Cup – FIFA World Cup 2022 LIVE – England will go to the Qatar World Cup next year as one of the…

FIFA World Cup – FIFA World Cup 2022 LIVE – England go to the Qatar World Cup next year as one of the contenders to win the world’s biggest sporting event. However, the team has only won one World Cup back in 1966, with the Three Lions coming close at the last edition in Russia in 2018, losing to Croatia in the semi-finals. This time around, manager Gareth Southgate will be hoping to go one step further but faces a tough test after a disappointing campaign in the UEFA Nations League ahead of the World Cup. For more news follow Insidesport.IN

FIFA World Cup: England right-back CRISIS grows for Gareth Southgate ahead of Qatar World Cup, see 3 replacements for England

England boast a wealth of talent at the full-back position in the world, but face a dire crisis with just a month to go. Manchester City’s Kyle Walker underwent groin surgery and is fighting a tough race to be fit for the opener next month. The agony continued as out-of-form Trent Alexander Arnold suffered another injury but is expected to be fit within the next fortnight.

The biggest blow comes with Chelsea right-back Reece James, who suffered a knee injury against AC Milan this week. Manager Graham Potter has stated that he expects James to visit a specialist as the injury is worse than first feared. The youngster has put in magnificent performances this season, with many tipping him to be in the starting line-up throughout the World Cup next month. England open Group B against Iran on November 21, before the USA on the 25th and Wales on the 29th.

FIFA World Cup 2022: England right-back crisis for Gareth Southgate ahead of Qatar World Cup

We take a look at the potential options for England at right-back for the Qatar World Cup:

Ben White

White is naturally a centre-back and has excelled this season at right-back under Mikel Arteta. His performances have also helped Arsenal concede fewer goals in their opening 9 games for the first time since Arteta took over. The Gunners are currently leading the Premier League, with Ben White making a crucial switch to right-back for the squad.

The £50m signing from Brighton and Hove Albion did not make the Three Lions’ Nations League squad in September. However, the injuries could be a blessing for the youngster who has shown his attacking skills on the right wing this season.

FIFA World Cup: England right-back CRISIS grows for Gareth Southgate ahead of Qatar World Cup, see 3 replacements for England

Joe Gomez

The Liverpool defender has suffered from injuries in recent seasons but has shown his ability on the ball across multiple positions in the back line. He continues as a substitute at right-back in Trent-Alexander Arnold’s absence and has been solid at the back. Gomez was ever-present in the recent 7-1 win over Rangers, showing how he could be a surprise entry in the squad for Qatar.

James Tavernier

The Rangers captain is yet to make an appearance for the Three Lions in his career but could be another smart option for Southgate and his young squad. Since joining the Scotland squad in 2015, he has scored 87 goals and 111 assists – fantastic figures for a full-back. With injuries to key players, Tavernier is another potential replacement with huge attacking ability in any formation.

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FIFA World Cup: England right-back CRISIS grows for Gareth Southgate ahead of Qatar World Cup, check out 3 replacements for England

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