England boss Gareth Southgate confirms squad numbers for the World Cup to give hint of starting XI

James Maddison gets No 25 and Jack Grealish will wear coveted No 7 as Gareth Southgate confirms his squad numbers… while England stars try out their official World Cup clothing at St George’s Park

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England have confirmed their squad numbers for the World Cup in Qatar and they may give some hints as to who will be in Gareth Southgate’s starting XI.

The Three Lions arrived at the team’s St George’s Park complex on Monday to report for duty before they make their way over to the Middle East.

And now the players, who all modeled their new team gear at a Nike event on Monday, know what number they’ll be donning on their back during the tournament.

The England players modeled their official Marks & Spencer team gear as they got together for the first time

England have confirmed their squad numbers for the upcoming World Cup in Qatar which begins next week

England have confirmed their squad numbers for the upcoming World Cup in Qatar which begins next week

Harry Maguire (6), John Stones (5), Luke Shaw (3) and Kyle Walker (2) have been handed the lower numbers, suggesting they could be in the preferred back line.

Jack Grealish takes the coveted No 7 shirt while Raheem Sterling has the No 10.

Marcus Rashford will wear the No 11 which could be a good sign for his chances of playing a significant role.

The forward has found form at the right time after not featuring for the three Lions since the Euro 2020 final.

Gareth Southgate may have given some hints as to his team selection with the numbers the players have been given

Gareth Southgate may have given some hints as to his team selection with the numbers the players have been given

The England squad pose for a photograph during a Nike event at St George's Park on Monday afternoon

The England squad pose for a photograph during a Nike event at St George’s Park on Monday afternoon

Left to right: Aaron Ramsdale, Bukayo Saka and Marcus Rashford looked in high spirits during the event

Left to right: Aaron Ramsdale, Bukayo Saka and Marcus Rashford looked in high spirits during the event

M&S ENGLAND RANGE

Pure wool textured suit: £335

Merino wool zip up jacket: £65

Merino wool crew neck jumper: £45

Three Lions suit carrier: £89

Three Lions woven boxers: £20

Jordan Pickford also looks set to retain his place between the sticks after being handed the No 1 shirt.

James Maddison, however, may not be very encouraged by receiving the No 25 shirt.

England begin their tournament against Iran next Monday before facing the USA and Wales.

England and Marks & Spencer have partnered to release a new menswear range, designed to reflect the personality and individuality of the team.

It is made up of relaxed, modern tailoring, merino wool separates, footwear and accessories.

Speaking ahead of their journey over to Qatar, Southgate has already revealed his plan for the next few days in that work on the training pitch will be extremely limited.

Speaking at his squad announcement, the Three Lions’ boss said: ‘With the players we want to talk to them about the excitement of going to a World Cup.

‘We understand the need to comment on the off-field things that surround this tournament, but we want the players to feel that enthusiasm that they’ve had since kids.

Manchester City duo Phil Foden (left) and Jack Grealish shared an embrace for the cameras at St George's Park

Manchester City duo Phil Foden (left) and Jack Grealish shared an embrace for the cameras at St George’s Park

‘We want to fuel that. The first couple of days we won’t be on the training pitch, bar a couple [of players] that will need to do something. We want them to transition from a hectic club schedule to thinking about England. We want to talk to them about the fact that this, whatever happens over the next four weeks, has been the second-best period for English football. We can make it the best.

‘It’s the challenge mindset. How can we take the supporters on another journey, like the one they loved four years ago and loved last summer? That’s why we do it and that’s what makes playing for England special.’

England are set to fly over to Qatar on Tuesday, meaning they will have less than a week to acclimatize to the testing conditions that will welcome them when they step foot onto the pitch.

James Maddison (left) and Declan Rice also seemed to be enjoying the occasion in their England bucket hats

James Maddison (left) and Declan Rice also seemed to be enjoying the occasion in their England bucket hats

ENGLAND SQUAD NUMBERS

1: JORDAN PICKFORD

2: KYLE WALKER

3: LUKE SHAW

4: DECLAN RICE

5: JOHN STONES

6: HARRY MAGUIRE

7: JACK GREALISH

8: JORDAN HENDERSON

9: HARRY KANE

10: RAHEEM STERLING

11: MARCUS RASHORD

12: KIERAN TRIPPIER

13: NICK POPE

14: KALVIN PHILLIPS

15: ERIC DIER

16: CONOR COADY

17: BUKAYO SAKA

18: TRENT ALEXANDER-ARNOLD

19: MASON MOUNT

20: PHIL FODEN

21: BEN WHITE

22: JUDE BELLINGHAM

23: AARON RAMSDALE

24: CALLUM WILSON

25: JAMES MADDISON

26: CONOR GALLAGHER

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