Manchester United, Liverpool 'invited to new Club World Cup'

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It's a little odd, given the inclusion of some players who haven't even made Gareth Southgates selection, such as Chris Smalling and Danny Drinkwater. Find out here which nation enters the showpiece in Russian Federation as world No.1.

Unsurprisingly, Harry Kane leads the way with an overall rating of 87.

Most fans would likely plump for one of those three.

England Manager Gareth Southgate named his 23-man squad for this tournament on Wednesday, with a clear emphasis on youth, with an average age of 26 years and 18 days.

As usual, the World Cup expectations for the Three Lions are extremely high. "Will England live up to the hype or make an early exit?" reads an EA blog post.

"Build your dream global squad with stars from all 32 qualified nations with dynamic player items related to the real-world tournament, plus legendary FIFA World Cup ICONS".

All squads are provisional until the final list of 23 players is announced by Federation Internationale de Football Association, following their submission by participating teams, on 4 June. So, what did those 10,000 simulations and 18 analysts conclude about the likely victor of the World Cup?

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With Qatar 2022 already moved to the winter to avoid the country's oppressive summer heat, it is scheduled for only 28 days between November 21 and December 18, which for a 48-team tournament would be almost three games a day and each venue staging a game every third day.

It leaves open the prospect that, should the Task Force think one of the bids has not satisfied its criteria, it would remove them from the voting process, meaning either bid could be unchallenged in its attempt to host the 2026 World Cup.

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