FIFA World Cup: why were these footballers not chosen for Qatar?


The Three Lions are through to the quarter-finals after a 3-0 win over Senegal last night (Sunday, December 4).

England will now face France on Saturday 10 December thanks to goals from Harry Kane, Jordan Henderson and Bukayo Saka.

England’s Ude Bellingham celebrates a goal by England’s Jordan Henderson during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Round of 16 match between England and Senegal at Al Bayt Stadium on December 4, 2022 in Al Khor, Qatar. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

The 2022 competition has seen 14 England footballers take to the World Cup stage for the first time, including Jude Bellingham, Aaron Ramsdale, Conor Coady, Luke Shaw, Ben White, Mason Mount, Kalvin Phillips, Declan Rice, Phil Foden , Jack Grealish and James. Maddison, Saka, Conor Gallagher and Callum Wilson.

Harry Kane, John Stones, Harry Maguire, Nick Pope, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Jordan Pickford, Kyle Walker, Eric Dier, Marcus Rashford and Keiran Tripper were there as England finished fourth at the 2018 World Cup in Russia .

So, let’s take a look at what the 2018 World Cup stars who didn’t make the 2022 squad are up to now:

Jamie Vardy

Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy battles for possession with Newport County’s Priestley Farquharson during the Carabao Cup third round match between Leicester City and Newport County at the King Power Stadium on November 8, 2022 in Leicester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

The Sheffield-born forward played for Leicester City when he was part of England’s 2018 World Cup squad.

More than a month after the 2018 World Cup ended, on 28 August 2018, Vardy withdrew from the England squad.

He told Southgate he did not want to be considered for selection unless there was an injury crisis.

Vardy played 26 games for England between 2015 and 2018 and scored seven goals.

However, the 32-year-old continues to play for The Foxes, the club he has been with since 2012.

Danny Rose

Danny Rose of Watford in action during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Watford at the Emirates Stadium on November 7, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

The Doncaster-born defender was playing for Tottenham Hotspur when he was part of England’s 2018 World Cup squad.

The 32-year-old played for Premier League club Watford last season, having signed a two-year deal in June 2021.

However, following Watford’s relegation to the EFL Championship, Rose wanted out of his contract at Vicarage Road.

On 1 September 2022, Watford and Rose agreed to a mutual termination of his contract, and he has not yet signed with another team.

The left-back made 29 appearances for England between 2016 and 2019.

Fabià Delph

Everton’s Fabian Delph looks on during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Everton at the Etihad Stadium on November 21, 2021 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

The Bradford-born defender was playing for Manchester City when he was part of England’s 2018 World Cup squad.

However, Delph signed for City’s rivals Everton on 15 July 2019 on a three-year contract for a fee of £10 million.

Delph announced his retirement from professional football on 27 September 2022.

In his career, the 33-year-old had made 20 appearances for England’s senior team and several appearances for the Under-19s and Under-21s.

Jesse Lingard

Jesse Lingard of Nottingham Forest during the Carabao Cup third round match between Nottingham Forest and Tottenham Hotspur at the City Ground on November 9, 2022 in Nottingham, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

The Warrington-born midfielder was playing for Manchester United when he was part of England’s 2018 World Cup squad.

On July 21 this year, the 29-year-old signed for newly promoted Premier League club Nottingham Forest on a one-year deal.

Lingard has played 32 games for England since 2016 and has scored six goals.

Jack Butland

Crystal Palace’s Jack Butland shouts instructions during the FA Cup semi-final match between Chelsea and Crystal Palace at Wembley Stadium on April 17, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

The Bristol-born goalkeeper played for Stoke City when he was part of England’s 2018 World Cup squad.

While England team-mates Jordan Pickford and Nick Pope featured in the 2022 World Cup squad, Butland was replaced by Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsdale.

The 29-year-old made just nine appearances for England between 2012 and 2018.

On 16 October 2020, Butland signed for Premier League club Crystal Palace on a three-year contract for an undisclosed fee.

Danny Welbeck

Brighton & Hove Albion’s Danny Welbeck looks on during the Premier League match between Brentford FC and Brighton & Hove Albion at Brentford Community Stadium on October 14, 2022 in Brentford, England. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

The Manchester-born forward played for Arsenal when he was part of England’s 2018 World Cup squad.

The 32-year-old moved to Watford on 7 August 2019. The contract was for an undisclosed length and he was released from Vicarage Road on 6 October the following year.

Welbeck then made a free transfer to Premier League club Brighton & Hove Albion on 18 October 2020.

He was on a one-year deal, but on 23 June 2021 it was announced that Welbeck had signed another one-year deal with the Seagulls.

A few games into the 2022-23 season, the forward signed a new two-year contract with Brighton & Hove Albion, taking him until 2024.

Between 2011 and 2018, Welbeck represented England 42 times, including UEFA Euro 2012, the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

He has won 42 games for the Three Lions and scored 16 goals.

Gary Cahill

Gary Cahill of AFC Bournemouth reacts during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and AFC Bournemouth at Pride Park Stadium on November 21, 2021 in Derby, England. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

The Dronfield-born defender played for Chelsea when he was part of England’s 2018 World Cup squad.

The 36-year-old signed for Crystal Palace on 5 August 2019 on a two-year deal, before moving to Championship club AFC Bournemouth on 20 August 2021 on a one-year deal.

The centre-back had not featured for The Cherries since January 2022 and was released at the end of the season following Bournmouth’s promotion to the Premier League.

Cahill announced his retirement from football on 16 November 2022.

In his career, he had made 61 appearances for the senior England team, and a number of appearances for the under-20s and under-21s.

Phil Jones

Manchester United’s Phil Jones before the Premier League match between Manchester United and Brentford at Old Trafford on May 2, 2022 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

The Preston-born defender was playing for Manchester United when he was part of England’s 2018 World Cup squad.

He first joined The Red Devils in 2011 and on 8 February 2019 signed a new contract with the club that will see him through to 2023.

However, the 30-year-old spent 20 months injured, before finally returning to training and playing for the reserves in September 2021.

After a series of injuries to his teammates, Jones returned to first-team action on 3 January 2022, his first appearance in nearly two years.

Between 2011 and 2018, the defender has represented England 27 times, including UEFA Euro 2012, the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Ashley Young

Aston Villa’s Ashley Young celebrates his side’s second goal, an own goal scored by Manchester United’s Diogo Dalot (not pictured) during the Carabao Cup third round match between Manchester United and Aston Villa at Old Trafford on November 10, 2022 in Manchester, England. . (Photo by Lewis Storey/Getty Images)

The Stevenage-born defender played for Manchester United when he was part of England’s 2018 World Cup squad.

On 17 January 2020, Young signed for Italian Serie A club Inter Milan. The transfer fee was around €1.5m (£1.28m).

The 37-year-old moved to Aston Villa on July 1, 2021 after signing a one-year deal with The Villa a month earlier.

Club Aston Villa confirmed Young had re-signed for another season until 2023 on July 4 this year. On 27 July, Young was named club captain for the upcoming season.

Between 2007 and 2018, Young played 39 games for England and scored seven goals. He was part of the UEFA Euro 2012 squad as well as the 2018 FIFA World Cup squad.

Dele Alli

Everton’s Dele Alli looks on during the pre-season friendly between Blackpool and Everton at Bloomfield Road on July 24, 2022 in Blackpool, England. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)

The Milton Keynes-born midfielder was playing for Tottenham Hotspur when he was part of England’s 2018 World Cup squad.

On January 31 this year, Alli moved to Everton of the Premier League. He signed a two-and-a-half-year contract, which ran until the end of the 2023–24 season.

However, on 25 August, the 26-year-old joined Turkish side Beşiktaş on loan for the remainder of the 2022-23 season.

Alli has scored three goals for England, across 37 appearances between 2015 and 2019. He was selected for the UEFA Euro 2016 squad as well as the 2018 FIFA World Cup squad.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek

Ruben Loftus-Cheek of Chelsea during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between Chelsea FC and AC Milan at Stamford Bridge on October 5, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

The London midfielder was playing for Chelsea when he was part of England’s 2018 World Cup squad.

Loftus-Cheek agreed a new five-year contract with Chelsea on 6 July 2019, which will run until 2024. However, his injury kept him out until June 2020.

On 5 October 2020, the 26-year-old was loaned out to Fulham for the rest of the season, but has now returned to Chelsea.

He played ten matches for England between 2017 and 2018, including England’s 2018 World Cup opener against Tunisia.


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