England manager Gareth Southgate has reportedly added Brighton’s Lewis Dunk and Danny Welbeck to his provisional 55-man World Cup squad.
Last month, FIFA asked any coach taking a team to this winter’s tournament to submit a long list.
Southgate is expected to name his final 26-man squad on November 10, four days before the deadline.
There are certainly some questionable names on the 55-man squad and Welbeck is definitely a surprise addition.
The former Arsenal and Manchester United striker has 42 caps for England but has not played for his country since 2018.
Dunk, on the other hand, has only had one cap, which came in a 3-0 friendly win over the USA in 2018.
Welbeck has impressed for Brighton since joining as a free agent two years ago.
While he’s not the most clinical striker, his work-rate and versatility have been impressive.
The Dunk and Welbeck recording was reported by The athlete.
Both have impressed this season as Brighton sit eighth in the Premier League table.
Dunk has played the full 90 minutes of Brighton’s 12 games this season, under both Graham Potter and new boss Roberto De Zerbi.
With the 29-year-old captaining the Seagulls, only Newcastle (10), Arsenal and Manchester City (both 11) have conceded fewer goals than De Zerbi’s side.
Welbeck, 31, has not scored in 11 Premier League games this season but has provided three assists.
On Sunday, former Chelsea player Tony Cascarino warmed up to Dunk and hinted that he should be in Southgate’s World Cup squad.
He told talkSPORT: “Dunk looks so good. Lewis Dunk was ignored by England despite clearly being a very good centre-back.
“He can lead really brilliantly.
“He’s that kind of Dan Burn in Newcastle where you look at them and think they’re doing really well.
“What happens to seven or eight out of ten defenders every week? Dunk is that.
Another player who has been consistent in the Premier League but has been left out of the England squad is Callum Wilson.
The athlete he also reported that the Newcastle United striker has been included in the 55-man roster.
In nine league games this season, Wilson has scored six, including two against Aston Villa on Saturday, with Southgate watching from the stands.
The 30-year-old made his debut for Southgate’s England in 2018 and scored his only goal in four internationals on his debut, in the same game as Dunk’s only England appearance.
Which team delivered Southgate that day.
Fabian Delph captained and partnered Michael Keane at mid-half.
The top three were Wilson, Jesse Lingard and Jadon Sancho, who was 18 at the time.
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