Eight wildcard shouts for Southgate to include in England squad for World Cup

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England currently have just six matches remaining before they line-up for their first match of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar in November.

This means that time is running out for players to stake a claim to be included in Gareth Southgate's squad to represent the Three Lions at the finals.

While the likes of Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling are all but certain to have a seat on the plane to Qatar, there remains several wildcard picks who could earn a last minute slot.

Here, Daily Star Sport picks out eight wildcard shouts for Southgate to include in his World Cup squad.

Jarrod Bowen

Despite never being capped by England at youth level, Jarrod Bowen has been heavily tipped for a senior call-up this season.

The 25-year-old has arguably been West Ham United's best player this season as the Hammers continue to over-achieve both domestically and in Europe.

Bowen himself has scored 12 goals and provided 11 assists in 39 appearances across all competitions, making him the club's top scorer in both the league and overall.

The calls for an England call-up will only get louder if Bowen can continue his current form, with reports of interest from the likes of Liverpool already mounting.

Michael Olise

Michael Olise has adjusted to the Premier League seamlessly during his first season in the top flight after joining Crystal Palace from Reading last summer.

Unlike with Bowen, England may face a race against time to get Olise into the national team, as he is also eligible to play for France, Algeria and Nigeria, while he also made his debut for France's under-21s earlier this month.

His performances this season have hinted at an international future, provided England can prize him away from the attention of their rivals.

Olise has managed four goals and eight assists from the wing so far this season, despite only playing the full 90 minutes five times.

Fikayo Tomori

AC Milan defender Fikayo Tomori has already won two England caps, having played for Canada at youth level earlier in his career.

Having made his debut in November 2019 against Kosovo, Tomori was absent from the senior squad for almost two years before winning his second cap against Andorra back in September.

He has been left out of the last two England squads but continues to impress in Italy, where he has thrived since leaving Chelsea permanently last summer.

The 24-year-old could be set to win a league title this season, with Milan currently top of Serie A and three points clear with eight matches remaining.

Tariq Lamptey

Brighton & Hove Albion defender Tariq Lamptey could consider himself unlucky not to have been included in Southgate's latest squad after a number of withdrawals left the England boss with just one full-back.

However, Kyle Walker-Peters was favoured, with Lamptey instead featuring in the under-21s' 3-1 win over Andorra at the Vitality Stadium.

Lamptey has starred with his ability both in attack and defence since joining the Seagulls from Chelsea in 2020 and has featured in each of the club's last 22 league matches.

Like Olise, though, he is also eligible for another nation, with recent reports suggesting he could commit his international future to Ghana, who have also qualified for the World Cup.

Harvey Elliott

Teenage starlet Harvey Elliott is enjoying a breakthrough campaign with Liverpool despite missing four-and-a-half months with a fractured ankle.

While Elliott is currently just out of contention for a senior international call-up, his chances are boosted by the World Cup taking place in the winter rather than the summer.

Elliott is increasingly seeing more first-team football at Anfield and will be well-placed to take advantage of any dips in form or injuries for the rest of England's talented pool of midfielders.

Although he only made his England under-21 debut earlier this month, the former Fulham youngster has been in the England set-up since the under-15s.

Tammy Abraham

The position as understudy to Kane in the England squad is one of the most highly-contested, with several players in the running to play second fiddle.

Tammy Abraham was initially included in the latest Three Lions squad but the Roma forward was forced to withdraw due to injury, with replacement Ollie Watkins taking his chance by scoring against the Ivory Coast on Tuesday.

Abraham likely remains at the front of the queue to deputise for Kane, though, thanks to his 23 goals in Italy this season, having moved to Roma last summer.

However, he may have to maintain this form for another six months to guarantee his seat on the plane and add to his current tally of 10 England caps.

Ivan Toney

While Abraham and Watkins have both already played and scored for England, Brentford striker Ivan Toney has never been capped at any level of international football.

Toney has so far brushed off interest in him from the Jamaican FA in order to pursue his dreams of an England call-up, with fans beginning to call for his chance.

The 26-year-old has followed up his record-breaking goalscoring form from the Bees' promotion campaign with a respectable 11 goals during his debut top flight season.

Those goals currently make him the second-highest scoring Englishman in the Premier League this season behind Kane, despite Brentford sitting down in 15th.

Trevoh Chalobah

Prior to the start of this season, Trevoh Chalobah's international future would most likely have lied with Sierra Leone, the country of his birth.

However, a breakthrough campaign at Chelsea has thrown the 22-year-old into contention for an England call-up in a World Cup year.

Since scoring in a man of the match performance on his Premier League debut on the opening day, Chalobah has gone on to score three more in all competitions this season, pairing his goals with dominant defensive displays.

With Chelsea set to lose several defenders in the summer, Chalobah is only set to become a more important figure at Stamford Bridge as he launches a late push to be taken to Qatar.

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