The trio of Callum Wilson, Kieran Trippier, and Nick Pope is going to the Qatar World Cup as part of the England 26-man squad selected by Gareth Southgate and announced on Thursday mere days ahead of the tournament.
After endless specuation, Wilson will join his teammates as part of the Three Lions contingent after missing on making the cut for all previously-staged big tournaments played by England. Wilson has appeared four times at the international stage scoring one goal in those four games while still playing for AFC Bournemouth.
Kieran Trippier and Nick Pope are season veterans and they have been long fixture in England’s senior-team squads for years now.
Trippier has 37 apps and reached the World Cup 2018 semifinals and Euro 2020 final starting with England—both ending in defeats to Croatia and Italy respectively.
Pope has never truly gotten the no. 1 role at England’s goal, but he’s already appeared in 10 games with the Three Lions starting in 2018. He was named to the final Euro 2020 squad along with Trippier.
This is the first time since 2006 that a Magpie will be representing England in the biggest of stages at a World Cup when the ball gets rolling on November, 20th. England will make their debut against Iran one day later, on Monday 21st.
After falling short in the last two international tournaments, England will be looking to finally lift the World Cup, something they have only done once in the past—in 1966—when all was black and white and you were not even in the plans of getting born.