Southgate at Newcastle vs Aston Villa ahead of World Cup squad selection

The shock alternative England World Cup Finals squad that includes five Newcastle United stars

Could the Magpies be heavily represented in Southgate’s 26-man squad for the tournament? The stats experts give a definitive answer.

Gareth Southgate was on hand to watch Newcastle United’s demolition of Aston Villa at the weekend as several Magpies stars boosted their hopes of forcing their way into England’s World Cup squad.

It would be safe to suggest Kieran Trippier and Nick Pope have all but secured their place on the plane to Qatar as their high level of quality and consistency has seen both players play lead roles for Eddie Howe’s side throughout an impressive first three months of the season. Both Trippier and Pope have heavily featured in England squads under Southgate and it would be a major shock if they aren’t part of his final 26-man squad.

But could any of their Magpies team-mates join them on the plane? After recovering from injury, Callum Wilson’s inclusion has been heavily discussed as his form in front of goal has led to many suggesting he should be part of the final selection. His all-action display in front of Southgate on Saturday will certainly have helped his cause and the England boss would be hard pushed to have not been impressed by a number of other players in black and white as Villa were blown away.

NewcastleWorld utilises stats experts WhoScored.com to assess who should make Southgate’s squad for the finals and there are a few surprise names in there.

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