England: FIFA approve World Cup squad of 26 with all available from bench, in Gareth Southgate boost


FIFA approve 26-man squad for the World Cup with all players available from the bench – easing selection headaches for Gareth Southgate and other bosses and preventing an awkward cut before matches

England manager Gareth Southgate has been handed the green light to select 26 players in his World Cup squad.

And in what will come as a major boost to the Three Lions boss, he will be able to select all of his players in a match-day squad.

The call eliminates the awkward decision of having to axe three members before a fixture.

England boss Gareth Southgate was given the green light to pick a 26-man World Cup squad

In a major boost to the Three Lions boss, he can select all of his players in a match-day squad

In a major boost to the Three Lions boss, he can select all of his players in a match-day squad

The call eliminates the awkward decision of having to axe three members before a fixture

The call eliminates the awkward decision of having to axe three members before a fixture

FIFA have approved 26-man squads for Qatar 2022, which kicks off in November.

Historically nations have been limited to selecting 23 players.

However, since the Covid pandemic, the governing bodies have relaxed rules amid concerns over player welfare and an increased risk of injuries.

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