The biggest Premier League stars heading to the World Cup
The 2022 FIFA World Cup will be the showcase for all the biggest stars in the Premier League on the world stage. Minus some exceptions, like Mohammad Salah (Liverpool) and Erling Haaland (Manchester City), the top players in the division have all been called up by their country to make a splash on the world stage. Right now the football bookies favour Brazil for the win, but that could change as the opening games are played.
A total of 134 Premier League stars have been selected to play for the World Cup in Qatar. However, some will be expected to bring home the famous trophy and make their country proud and have a good chance of becoming FIFA World Cup 2022 Champion.
Kevin De Bruyne will be hoping to lead the last of the Golden Generation of Belgium to international glory. He has been magisterial for his club this season and has controlled the midfield in every game he has played.
The team, which features huge stars like Real Madrid’ Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois, boast some of the best players in the world, but so far have failed to win trophies together. With former Everton Manager Roberto Martinez at the helm, this will be their last chance with the group all together to reach their untapped potential.
Another man leading his team will be England’s Harry Kane. The Spurs man is closing in on becoming The Premier League and England’s all-time top scorer, but he will surely but that to one side and focus solely on winning the World Cup for the Three Lions.
He came agonisingly close in the 2020 Euros, with his side losing to Italy on penalties in the final. Backed up with the creative talents of Phil Foden and Bukayo Saka, he will be hoping his goals can help fire the Three Lions to the top of the charts for the first time since 1966.
Wantaway Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo has been under intense scrutiny since publicly denouncing boss Erik Ten Hag. Now 38 and nearing the end of his career, this will be his last chance to follow up Portugal’s Euro 2016 victory with the World Cup win the put him above eternal rival Lionel Messi.
Flanked by Premier League stars Bruno Fernandes and Joao Cancelo, A Seleção will be trying to make the most of the aging stars goals in what is likely to be his last tournament as captain for his country.
With Liverpool talisman Mohammad Salah missing out, after failing to quality with his home nation Egypt, defensive stalwart Virgil Van Djik will be carrying some of the fans hopes for the World Cup. The centre back will be entering his first ever World Cup with the Netherlands after failing to qualify in 2018 and has been keeping himself in cotton wool en-route to the worldwide event.
Asia’s hopes for glory will sit on the shoulders of their Korean superstar. Hueng-Min Son became a legend when he led his country to victory in the 2018 Asian Games, allowing him to miss out on mandatory military service and keep playing for his club and country. He has not been on the best form this season but he will be on his best behaviour when it comes to leading out South Korea at the World Cup.
While England has the most Premier League stars in their World Cup Squad (with only Jude Bellingham playing outside the home nation), Brazil also boasts a host of England-based stars. The five-time world cup winners will be hoping to win their sixth title as PSG’s Neymar leads his Premier League teammates out at what could be his last world cup.
Goalkeepers Allison (Liverpool) and Ederson (Manchester City) battle it out for the number 1 shirt, while the midfield looks set to be dominated by Manchester United pairing Casmeiro and Fred, shielded by Liverpool’s Fabinho.
The forward line also boasts a number of Premier League players who could make a big impact, with Richarlison, Gabriel Jesus, Antony and Gabriel Martinelli hoping to bang in the goals for Brazil.
One of the best feel-good stories for the tournament is Christian Eriksen leading out his Denmark side. The Manchester United star’s country made it to the Euro 2020 semi-finals, but he tragically missed out due to heart issues on the pitch during their opening game. However, he miraculously recovered and had a new lease on life, starring for Brentford before securing a move to the Red Devils in the summer.
|Kevin De Bruyne||Manchester City|
|Harry Kane||Tottenham Hotspur|
|Cristiano Ronaldo||Manchester United|
|Bruno Fernandes||Manchester United|
|Joao Cancelo||Manchester City|
|Virgil Van Dijk||Liverpool|
|Christian Eriksen||Manchester United|