The dust has yet to settle on England’s heartbreaking loss in the European Championship final on penalties to Italy, but Gareth Southgate may already be thinking about the next big tournament.
The Three Lions, if they qualify, will travel to the Middle East for the Qatar World Cup in 2022 and there are a lot of decisions to be made about who gets to fly.
Below, former England international Chris Sutton and two Sportsmail experts reveal their picks for their favorite starting XI for the competition.
England boss Gareth Southgate (left) may already be thinking about his Qatar squad for the World Cup
Capture it. It’s December 18, 2022, it’s snowing, but not at the Lusail Iconic Stadium in Qatar, where England must beat Brazil in the World Cup final to end what will then be 56 years of suffering.
What starting line-up is Gareth Southgate going with? I tried to name mine. It’s not easy but there you go. Jordan Pickford hasn’t let England down, nor have the four defenders of Walker, Stones, Maguire and Shaw.
In midfield, as much as I love Kalvin Phillips, Jude Bellingham is too good-looking to ignore, so he comes alongside Declan Rice. In attack, Bukayo Saka starts from the right side. He will bounce back from this missed penalty on Sunday night and he will be 21 years old against Qatar.
Jack Grealish starts at # 10. Raheem Sterling stands on the left. All behind you know who, because there is no other striker like Harry Kane.
England (4-2-3-1): Pickford ; Walker, Stones, Maguire, Shaw ; Riz, Bellingham; Saka, Grealish, Sterling ; Kane.
Chris Sutton has picked five from his tournament squad and believes they will all start in 2022
The former England international at a Sutton selection also backed Jude Bellingham to start in midfield
My squad would look like this, with Trent Alexander-Arnold from Liverpool coming in to replace Kyle Walker at right-back.
Phil Foden will only develop over the next 18 months and he will surely become a premier player by Qatar given his abundance of talent.
England (4-3-3): Pickford ; Alexander-Arnold, Stones, Maguire, Shaw ; Mont, Riz, Phillips ; Sterling, Kane, Foden.
Dominic King backed Phil Foden (left) and Trent Alexander-Arnold to make their way into the XI
The only two key changes I see are in center midfield and left-back. Bellingham is so good he will make his way into the squad.
And while Shaw was excellent this summer, Ben Chilwell will overtake him as a top pick.
I would play Grealish too, but Southgate has shown he has no confidence in him.
England (4-3-3): Pickford ; Walker, Stones, Maguire, Chilwell ; Bellingham, Riz, Mont ; Foden, Kane, Sterling.
Craig Hope believes Ben Chilwell (right) will overtake Luke Shaw (left) as top left-back
He also revealed his concern that Southgate does not appear to trust midfielder Jack Grealish (left)