The Netherlands and Uruguay are the first two countries to name their preliminary World Cup squads as countries prepare to announce who will compete for Qatar this winter.
Orange named a group of 39 men likely to compete for a spot in the World Cup, while Uruguay chose to submit a full list of 55 players to FIFA, with all countries required to finalize their rosters today. to send.
England are also expected to designate their own preliminary squad on Friday – with all eyes on whether manager Gareth Southgate will pick the injured Reece James and Kyle Walker.
The Netherlands has designated a preliminary selection of 39 men for the World Cup in Qatar – including Virgil Van Dijk (L)
Manchester City defender Walker is recovering from a groin injury and Chelsea star James has a more serious knee ligament problem.
In the Netherlands, Virgil van Dijk of Liverpool, Frenkie de Jong of Barcelona, ex-Tottenham star Steven Bergwijn and Man United defender Tyrell Malacia were on their list.
Newcastle defender Sven Botman is also making the cut, despite withdrawing from the Under-21 roster last month to focus on playing for the Magpies.
There are also places for PSV youngster Cody Gakpo and Bayern star Ryan Gravenberch – as well as Ajax prodigy Jurrien Timber.
For Uruguay – their sturdy squad sees veteran Luis Suarez leading the way, while recognizable names Diego Godin, Martin Cacares, Ronald Araujo, Lucas Torreira, Federico Valverde and Matias Vecino are also involved.
Luis Suarez (R) leads a 55-man squad named by Uruguay with just weeks to the World Cup
England fans will now look ahead to see who makes Southgate’s roster on Friday, with any names that haven’t played much football this season or are struggling with fitness issues questioning names.
Kalvin Phillips, who has played just 14 minutes all season, will also be included as he recovers from shoulder surgery, but like Walker and James, his hopes of making the final roster depend on how that recovery goes.
Joe Gomez and Eberechi Eze will also be included.
Southgate and his backroom team believe that only 70 to 80 players are realistic contenders to be named in England squads, meaning the pool of talent available for a squad of up to 55 names is limited.
Gareth Southgate expected to name his preliminary England squad – with injured duo Kyle Walker and Reece James hopeful of inclusion
Chelsea star James has a more serious knee ligament problem with a less likely chance
Part of the reason the FA introduced stricter work permit rules after Brexit was to increase the number of players available for England.
However, clubs feel the rules hinder development as they believe that young players can only realize their potential by training regularly with the world’s best players.
Despite the FA’s fears over the lack of top-tier homegrown footballers, James Maddison, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho are all in danger of staying home.
They are all likely to be named in Southgate’s preliminary roster, but none can be guaranteed a place in their final match.
Bijlow, Cillessen, Fleks, Noppert, Pasveer, Ake, Bakker, Berghuis, Bergwijn, Blind, Botman, Brobbey, Clasie, Danjuma, De Roon, De Vrij, Dumfries, Gakpo, Gravenberch, Janssen, Frenkie de Jong, Luuk de Jong, Klaassen, Koopmeiners, Lang, De Ligt, Malacia, Grinding, Memphis, Rensch, Simons, Struijk, Taylor, Til, Timmerhout, Van De Ven, Van Dijk, Weghorst
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