Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher believes there are up to four England places in eleven start to the opening match of the Three Lions to the World Cup in Qatar and the next two matches will be crucial in deciding who to fill it.
The former England international, who has played 38 caps, believes the Nations League matches, which start tonight when the Three Lions face Italy in Milan, before facing Germany on Monday, will be “tremendous” in determining who makes the plane.
England meet Iran on November 21 at the Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan, but with the World Cup relegated to the middle of the European season, there will be no time for warm-up matches after those two intriguing matches.
Luke Shaw is under pressure to keep his place in the England squad at the World Cup while manager Gareth Southgate has shown confidence in Harry Maguire.
However, as a result of injuries and poor performances, England manager Gareth Southgate has question marks around defense and midfield, which propelled his side to the Euro 2020 final just 14 months ago.
“These are very important matches for Gareth Southgate as he thinks about what his team will play in the World Cup,” Carragher said. Sportsmail. There are no warm-up matches [this time]So it’s a strange season.
I think Southgate will know the seven or eight players who are going to start in that first game and there will be two or three positions ready to grab it.
I think the centre-back would be interesting, left-back too and the fact that Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw haven’t played much football for Manchester United.
Gareth Southgate will use msts against Italy and Germany to make important decisions
“I don’t think we’ve had great coverage in central defence, or we haven’t done that over the past two years, and at left-back Kieran Trippier played there, he’s a right-footed player, and that’s never easy. I think those two areas are [will be interesting]”.
Maguire, who established himself as John Stones’ first partner at Euro 2020, retained Southgate’s confidence despite his difficulties at Manchester United.
Having included a troubled central defender in the squad, Southgate is expected to play him, and the way Maguire handles the start of the Premier League just twice under his belt this season is likely to be critical as the competition increases.
AC Milan’s Fikayo Tomori is also in the squad after his impressive form in Italy helped his side win the Serie A title last season, in-form Tottenham defender Eric Dier is back in the fold, and permanent substitute, Conor Cody is too. In good condition for Everton.
Jamie Carragher believes that up to four places in the starting lineup 11 at the World Cup are ready for possession
At left-back, United’s Luke Shaw and Chelsea’s Ben Chilwell fight. Shaw has not played in the Premier League since August 13, when he was hooked in the first half in the 4-0 defeat at Brentford. He lost his place to Terrell Malacia in Eric Ten Hag’s reassignment at Old Trafford, while Chilwell is still struggling to re-establish himself after a cruciate ligament injury that forced him to miss most of last season.
Yesterday, former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson suggested that neither should be selected in England’s World Cup opener, instead opting for Trippier to fill in on the left side once again and in an interesting selection placing Kyle Walker in central defense alongside Stones. .
Carragher believes there is also uncertainty in the midfield, with Calvin Phillips, a mainstay at Euro 2020, forced to withdraw from this team due to a prolonged shoulder injury.
Declan Rice thinks he’s made it into midfield despite his poor form this season
Calvin Phillips struggled to get match time at Manchester City after a string of injuries
Phillips, along with Declan Rice, has been an announcer for Southgate teams in recent years, but his injuries and lack of match time at Manchester City mean he is now in a race against time to get by plane to Qatar.
Rice suffered a dip in form after a long period of continued excellence and Jordan Henderson is recovering from a hamstring injury, but joined the team after Phillips’ departure. Meanwhile, Birmingham City Academy graduate Judd Bellingham has been striving all the time to establish himself at the international level.
“Yes, we have some quality in terms of [Jordan Henderson, Kalvin Phillips]And Declan Rice and Judd Bellingham, but you don’t want to be left with just Declan Rice and Bellingham, who clearly lacks experience at that level, Carragher added.
Southampton’s James Ward-Prowse will also be looking to claim the match in the next two matches.
Left-back Ben Chilwell is trying to re-establish himself at Chelsea after a long absence
One option, favored by former England, Liverpool and Real Madrid winger Steve McManaman, is to sack two midfield players, reducing pressure on this division and on Bellingham, too, at the World Cup.
“If England play five in defence, I don’t think they necessarily need two seated midfielders,” McManaman said. Sportsmail.
The five at the back during the Euros were five defenders, they were not three defenders and two forwards were five defenders.
“To have five defenders and Declan Rice in the middle… I think that’s more than enough and then you can put more attackers on the pitch.
“You would expect Declan to be in midfield for sure, Judd is a great player, still just a young player, still learning his craft.
“Of course, he has a lot of approbation, you just have to have a little patience. He’s a great player. He’ll be a superstar but I don’t like to put too much burden on young players.
“It would be great, but right now, if Gareth wants to play five in defense and he has five defenders and Declan Rice, you can also fill in the other places with your attacking midfielders and forwards.”
* Jamie Carragher and Steve McManaman spoke to Sportsmail at the Football for Change Gala 2022. The charity, which Carragher chairs, raises money to support young people in underserved areas.
Jamie Carragher combines glamorous and glamorous concert for Football for Change Gala, raising £350,000
Jamie Carragher, Steve McManaman, Michael Carrick and a host of football stars and celebrities joined forces to raise £292,000 at a youth charity event last night.
Unpurchasable money groups were hammered at the Football for Change 2022 gala, held in Manchester on Thursday, which was backed by Mail Online.
In addition to the auction, the Great and Good also made generous donations that are expected to approach the total amount raised of £350,000, which will support young people in underserved areas, who are struggling to access education and employment.
Carragher, president of Football for Change, raided his contact book to bring home awards and guests. The VIP’s first trip was a trip to the US to meet David Beckham and Inter Miami. Had breakfast with Everton boss Frank Lampard, which sold for £6000 and a behind-the-scenes experience at BT Sport, with Steve McManaman, which went for £10,000.
A behind-the-scenes VIP ticket for Glastonbury Festival to meet Noel Gallagher, who performed with his band High-Flying Birds per night, was secured £25,000, and one of the Oasis legend’s signed guitars went for £30,000.
Noel Gallagher’s guitar sold at auction at Football for Change Gala for £30,000
“It’s a fantastic event,” said McManaman, the former winger for Liverpool, Real Madrid and England and now an expert at BT Sport. Sportsmail. ‘It is a nice. He is very busy. It’s really cool, although the title is Football for a Change, it’s really nice to see how many people came from different activities.
The charity, supported by Connor Cody and Trent Alexander-Arnold, among others, is funding a life-changing project for 40 young people, who have traveled to the United States for an athletic and educational program, a training scheme for homeless youth, and a new Youth Learning Center in Bootle.
“It’s a fantastic event,” said Carrick, the former England and Manchester United midfielder and coach. I am passionate about helping young people who are not as fortunate as the others and this is amazing.
Colin Rooney and TV presenter Vernon Kay attended the Football for a Change gala
“You have to try to support events like this, it’s very important that we do that because times are getting tough for people, and it’s important that we try to stay together and help people as much as possible.”
Across the country, 711,000 young people aged 16 to 24 are finding themselves out of education and work, with well-founded fears that the cost-of-living crisis and economic downturn are about to make life more difficult.
Among people aged 16-17, the most recent number for so-called NEETs nationwide was 64,720, of whom 1,950 lived in the Liverpool city area. Two hundred of these young men were identified in Sefton, the area where Carragher grew up