How England could line up at the 2026 World Cup under Pochettino, with ex-Tottenham manager in the frame to replace Southgate

MAURICIO POCHETTINO is one of several names in the frame set to replace Gareth Southgate when he leaves as England manager.

Southgate is considering leading the Three Lions to a fourth tournament after losing out at the World Cup in the quarterfinals.

Harry Kane turns 33, but surely Mauricio Pochettino would choose him anyway

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Harry Kane turns 33, but surely Mauricio Pochettino would choose him anywayPhoto credit: Reuters
This is how England could appear in 2026 under Mauricio Pochettino

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This is how England could appear in 2026 under Mauricio Pochettino

Both the players and the FA want him to stay until Euro 2024 but the 52-year-old is taking his time to reflect on what happened in Qatar.

SunSport revealed ex-Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel would be interested in the role if Southgate steps down, while Pochettino recently said he was “open” to the job.

The former Tottenham boss has been without a club since his sacking at PSG in the summer.

But what would the England squad look like if he were coach at the 2026 World Cup?

If Pochettino replaced Southgate it would be a boost for anyone with a Tottenham affiliation.

Admittedly, the number of Spurs players in the squad has declined since leaving in 2019, with only Eric Dier and Harry Kane named for Qatar.

Should the Argentine enter the game, he would certainly stick to the 4-2-3-1 that has served him so well in north London, with a 33-year-old Kane still taking the lead in attack.

England have plenty of wingers but the current skipper remains the only world-class striker the country has to offer.

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In goal, he could choose to give Aaron Ramsdale his chance with the Arsenal stopper, who is four years younger than Jordan Pickford and better with his feet.

Pochettino has always used forward-thinking full-backs and while he would be spoiled for choice down the right flank, he would certainly look no further than Reece James.

On the left, Ryan Sessegnon, who joined Tottenham from Pochettino in 2019, is likely to be at the peak of his powers and could therefore have his chance.

At the back Harry Maguire and John Stones could be past their prime which should pave the way for the likes of Marc Guehi and Fikayo Tomori to join the group.

Declan Rice and Jude Bellingham, aged just 23 and 19 respectively, already appear to be leading England across the pond.

Up front, Bukayo Saka is looking for another set to keep his place for years to come, while Phil Foden could be used in a central role.

That leaves a position vacant at right flank and while Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho will be hoping for their chances, PSV ace Noni Madueke could be a shock shot.

He joined Tottenham in 2014 and although he has never played under him, Pochettino has kept an eye on youth teams and has already been linked with Manchester United and a return to N17.

Ryan Sessegnon could get his England chance under Pochettino

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Ryan Sessegnon could get his England chance under PochettinoCredit: AFP or Licensor
Jude Bellingham and Declan Rice would retain their midfield spots

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Jude Bellingham and Declan Rice would retain their midfield spotsPhoto credit: Getty

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