Ealing-born Bukayo Saka included in England World Cup squad
By Joe Acklam
10th Nov 2022 | Local Sport
Bukayo Saka, who was born in Ealing, has been selected by Gareth Southgate to be in his England squad for the 2022 World Cup.
Southgate selected his 26-man squad for the finals this afternoon and, as expected, included the 21-year-old on the plane for Qatar.
Saka has represented at every level from under-16s upwards and made his first team debut in October 2020 in a 3-0 win against Wales aged 19.
The two-time Arsenal player of the season has not been to a World Cup before, but was a part of the 26-man squad for Euro 2020 last summer, starting against Czech Republic, Germany, and the semi-final against Denmark and coming off the bench in the final against Italy.
Back in September, Saka was named England's Player of the Year for 2021/22 and in doing so became the first Arsenal player to have won the award.
The World Cup will begin on 20th November when hosts Qatar face Ecuador and England's campaign will get underway the following day against Iran.
Gareth Southgate's 26-man squad:
Goalkeepers: Jordan Pickford (Everton), Nick Pope (Newcastle), Aaron Ramsdale (Arsenal)
Defenders: Harry Maguire (Manchester United), Luke Shaw (Manchester United), Eric Dier (Tottenham), John Stones (Manchester City), Kyle Walker (Manchester City), Kieran Trippier (Newcastle), Conor Coady (Everton), Ben White (Arsenal), Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool)
Midfielders: Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund), Mason Mount (Chelsea), Conor Gallagher (Chelsea), Declan Rice (West Ham), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Kalvin Phillips (Manchester City)
Forwards: James Maddison (Leicester), Phil Foden (Manchester City), Jack Grealish (Manchester City), Harry Kane (Tottenham), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), Raheem Sterling (Chelsea), Callum Wilson (Newcastle), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United)