International break gives rookies a chance to win 2022 World Cup ticket

International break gives rookies a chance to win 2022 World Cup ticket

The international break in September is the coaches’ last chance to get a look at their squad ahead of the Qatar 2022 World Cup. For many players, it may seem like one last hurdle, as they want to avoid any serious injury that could prevent them from participating in the World Cup. But for some players, this international break offers the chance of a lifetime to wow the head coach and win a place on the plane to Doha.

Two and a half years ago, very few pundits would have suggested that Evan Toni might be in England’s World Cup squad. He was playing in the third tier of England in front of less than ten thousand fans of Peterborough United. His 26 goals that season earned him a move to Brentford, and his form with the west London club, combined with the injuries of Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Callum Wilson, means he has been called up to Gareth Southgate’s squad and could debut against Italy. Or Germany this week.

It’s not just the goals that Tony puts on the table. He is one of the best penalty shooters in the Premier League and has not missed a penalty since the Peterborough match against Barnsley in 2018. That record might be his ticket to Qatar; Larger squads are allowed in this World Cup, allowing head coaches to pick specialists, and with penalties often the difference between glory and an early return home, bringing in a penalty shootout specialist like Tony could give England a slight advantage.

Tony made his Peterborough debut in 2018, coming in as a replacement for Jason Cummings. The 27-year-old Scotsman may meet again in Doha. Cummings, who has played twice for Scotland, was called up to the Australian national team in the international break. He is one of seven players who could make their debut in Australia’s two matches against New Zealand, in what appears to be a trial for the World Cup squad.

Like Australia, Ghana has searched extensively for new players. Ghana changed their head coach at the beginning of the year. New coach Otto Addo was born in Germany but played for his parents’ hometown of Ghana and has brought in many players who, like him, have Ghanaian ancestry such as Athletic Bilbao’s Inaki. Williams and Tariq Lamptey of Brighton and Hove Albion.

Six players can make their Ghana debut when they face Brazil in Le Havre on September 23research and developmentAnd players for Brazil can make their debut as the Seleção looks to strengthen their defense. Bremer was brilliant with Torino last season, and was named the best defender in Serie A. He joined Juventus in the summer and was able not only to form the World Cup team but also to be one of the stars of the tournament. Roma’s Roger Ibanez could make his Brazil debut in the international break.

In addition to the newcomers, there are many players who have returned from the cold. South Korean prodigy Lee Kang-in has struggled to live up to his potential over the past few seasons, but his bright start to the 2022/23 season, scoring a goal and making three assists in five games, means he’s back in contention.

Moroccan Hakim Ziyech lost his place in the national team and announced his international retirement after a dispute with former coach Vahid Halilhodzic, but the dismissal of Khalil Hoditch opened the door again for Ziyech.

With coaches less likely to make risky anonymous decisions to Qatar, this international break may be the only chance for players earning their first calls to make an impression on their head coach.

Although this international break may seem less important than most, freshmen like Toney, Cummings and Bremer could prove to be one of the most important weeks of their careers.

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