World Cup 2022 LIVE: Christopher Nkunku out of France squad with injury as England arrive in Qatar

Gareth Southgate suggests England will ignore appeal to avoid human rights talks

France, world champions, suffered a blow with the news that Christopher Nkunku miss the world cup due to injury after limping out of practice.

Didier Deschamps’ side have already been dogged by injuries, including N’Golo Kante, Paul Pogba and Presnel Kimpembe, and the Leipzig star is the latest talent to withdraw from the showpiece event.

England, on the other hand, has landed in Qatarwith Gareth Southgate set to take first look at his squad with injury worries James Maddison, who was replaced by Leicester this weekend. Each team has now finalized their squads for Qatar 2022 following announcements from Ghana, Mexico, Tunisia and Ecuador on Monday.

Other injuries to watch include Sadio ManeSenegal are desperate for the Bayern Munich star to be cleared. Follow all the latest team news and announcements from all 32 teams below

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‘We’ve been doing the robot all the time’: Mason Mount and Peter Crouch on World Cups past and present

Peter Crouch and mason mount talk giddily about the World Cups that brought them to football when, with the way memory works, thoughts turn to a slightly more tense moment.

Crouch begins to discuss the 82nd minute of his second appearance in the tournament, which by then was a frustrating 0-0 draw against Trinidad and Tobago. He’d obviously had poor performances against weaker teams before, but the focus of a World Cup made that a whole other thing.

“You can feel it in the stadium,” Crouch says. “There is obviously enormous pressure on you.”

Mount was only seven at the time and only really remembers competition colors the way kids do, but he understands the intensity of the situation as a fellow professional; “the blur”.

Michael JonesNovember 16, 2022 9:47 a.m.

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Everything is wrong with the Qatar World Cup

Among the many facts and figures circulating on Qatar‘s problems, there is one realization that should stand above all. It’s a shame that in 2022 a country can host a World Cup where it lured millions of people from the world’s poorest countries – often under false pretenses – and then forced them into what many call “modern slavery”.

And yet it has just been accepted. The world Cup continuous, culmination of a structure that is both Orwellian and Kafkaesque. A huge underclass of people work in an autocratic surveillance state, amidst an interconnected web of problems that make it nearly impossible to escape. “It’s all so integrated,” says Michael Page of Human Rights Watch.

Many will point to similar issues in the west, but this is not the failure of a system. This is the system, global inequality taken to the extreme. “At the end of the day, these human rights abuses are not normal for a World Cup host,” said Minky Worden, also of Human Rights Watch.

Michael JonesNovember 16, 2022 9:40 a.m.

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World Cup 2022 squads: Latest on the 831 players heading to Qatar

The World Cup 2022 in Qatar is upon us and all 32 teams are in the process of naming their squads, with each country allowed to select a group of 26 players for the first time.

This means there will be 831 players taking part in the inaugural Winter World Cup (with Iran opting to name just 25), with a deadline of Monday November 14 to submit squads – seven days only before the start of the tournament with hosts Qatar taking on Ecuador.

Gareth Southgate will name his England group on Thursday afternoon, with a debate currently underway on a number of spots, while announcements from other countries will filter through the week.

The race to succeed France as world champion is about to heat up.

Here’s a full list of the players heading to Qatar and all the info you need on each team:

Michael JonesNovember 16, 2022 09:30

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England squad numbers for the 2022 World Cup: Jude Bellingham handed over the No.22 shirt

Most of the picks are as expected and, while squad numbers don’t always offer many clues as to who will start, the notable and obvious picks see Jordan Pickford stay on as No.1 and captain Harry Kane wearing his familiar No. 9 shirt. Kyle Walker, Declan Rice and Raheem Sterling are among the others to keep the same number they wore at Euro 2020.

Michael JonesNovember 16, 2022 09:20

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England warned of underestimating Iran in World Cup opener

England cannot afford to underestimate Iran when trying to get their world Cup ongoing campaign in Qatar, according to former defender Paul Parker.

Gareth SouthgateThe men open the Group B schedule at Al Rayyan’s Khalifa International Stadium on November 21, then play the United States before meeting Wales.

Preparation for a first winter World Cup has lacked the usual frenzy that precedes a summer showpiece tournament and England arrive in Qatar without a win in six games after being relegated from the top tier of the Nations League.

Nevertheless, England will be expected to still have enough to meet the challenge of Iran, who are 20th in the Fifa rankings.

Michael JonesNovember 16, 2022 09:10

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2022 World Cup kits: Each jersey is ranked and rated

The Qatar World Cup is almost upon us, and that means a range of delightful/grotesque international football shirts for us to enjoy/convulse with.

What do we think of Portugal’s bold diagonal stripe? Who chose a mesmerizing shade of red? Why did Argentina dress like they needed 144 from 20 overs? It’s… it’s Jafar? Please share your opinions in the comments below.

Here are the 2022 World Cup kits, ranked and rated from worst to best:

Jack Rathborn16 November 2022 09:00

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Randal Kolo Muani appointed as Christophere Nkunku’s replacement for France

After Christophere Nkunku’s injury, Didier Deschamps hastened to call the replacement for the Leipzig striker.

Randal Kolo Muani is on board, with the Eintracht Frankfurt star scoring eight goals this season.

As Karim Benzema struggles to prepare for the group stages, France lack a leading edge.

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Jack RathbornNovember 16, 2022 08:50

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Virgil van Dijk doesn’t expect to face ex-Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane at World Cup

The Dutch face Senegal in their opening group game on Monday but Van Dijk doesn’t expect to see Mane, who left Anfield for Bayern Munich in the summer, line up against them as the striker is a doubt with a right fibula injury.

Van Dijk knows all about missing majors through injury as a torn anterior cruciate ligament ruled him out of Covid-delayed Euro 2020.

Jack RathbornNovember 16, 2022 08:45

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Callum Wilson ‘over the moon’ on England recall for World Cup

Wilson has scored six goals in 11 Premier League starts for Newcastle this season, with Eddie Howe’s Magpies sitting third in the table ahead of the first Winter World Cup break.

Asked about his first involvement in England since November 2019, he replied: “Life is all about timing. I had three years of absence… Now that we enter the World Cup, there are great opportunities in front of us as players to make history. For us, it’s dynamism and motivation.

Jack RathbornNovember 16, 2022 08:30

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Nick Pope: I never thought I was good enough to dream of the World Cup

Nick Pope admits he never dreamed of going to a World Cup as a kid because he never believed he was good enough.

Now he’s heading into the second of his career in the form of a lifetime and will hope to play a part in ending England’s quest for another major honour.

The thirties Newcastle United The goalkeeper traveled to Russia four years ago as Gareth Southgate’s number three, but while Jordan Pickford apparently remains the man in possession, Pope’s contribution to his club’s unlikely rise in the higher echelons of the Premier League has only enhanced his reputation.

Jack RathbornNovember 16, 2022 08:15

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