sport news Aaron Ramsdale and Conor Gallagher among England stars looking to impress ...

sport news Aaron Ramsdale and Conor Gallagher among England stars looking to impress ...
sport news Aaron Ramsdale and Conor Gallagher among England stars looking to impress ...

England end their World Cup qualifying campaign on Monday knowing they will seal their place at the Qatar tournament if they avoid defeat in San Marino.

Gareth Southgate's men sit three points clear at the top of Group I following Friday's thrashing of Albania at Wembley, which saw captain Harry Kane claim his fifth hat-trick for his country.

But the Three Lions skipper is set to be only one of four players who retains their place against San Marino, with Southgate expected to ring the changes in his squad, which has become depleted after the likes of Jack Grealish, Jordan Henderson and Raheem Sterling withdrew from it at the weekend.   

England end their World Cup qualifying campaign away at San Marino on Monday evening

England end their World Cup qualifying campaign away at San Marino on Monday evening

Gareth Southgate's men sit three points clear at the top of Group I and will qualify with a point

Gareth Southgate's men sit three points clear at the top of Group I and will qualify with a point

It will be their final chance to impress the 51-year-old England boss this calendar year, with places still very much up for grabs ahead of the winter World Cup in 2022.

So which players could boost their chances of forcing their way into Southgate's long-term plans with a solid display in Serravalle?

Here, Sportsmail picks out six names who could - and in some cases must - make an impression on the three Lions manager as another qualifying campaign for a major tournament draws to a close.

Aaron Ramsdale

The Arsenal goalkeeper has made a barnstorming start to his career at the Emirates Stadium and has yet to lose a game for his new club since arriving for £24million from Sheffield United in the summer.

The 23-year-old has kept five clean sheets and conceded just four goals in eight Premier League games for Mikel Arteta's men, and has put in a number of impressive displays, most notably at Leicester last month with a stunning save from James Maddison.

Ramsdale became the club's No 1 goalkeeper after the first international break of the season, usurping Germany stopper Bernd Leno in the process. But as yet, success has been limited to the club stage.

However, despite having yet to make a senior appearance for the Three Lions, he has already set himself a target of becoming the No 1 goalkeeper in Qatar.

Aaron Ramsdale has been in impressive form for Arsenal this season following his move

Aaron Ramsdale has been in impressive form for Arsenal this season following his move

He did not come on to the pitch at Euro 2020 despite being called into the squad after Dean Henderson withdrew with injury, but said last month about the Euros: 'I keep saying it was a great lad's holiday! 

'That's just the team spirit we had, and we were just a few kicks away from achieving something great. 

'It's just added momentum and hunger to do well in the World Cup and hopefully I can be a part of that again and hopefully that'll be to do with a starting role.'

To do that, Ramsdale must usurp another goalkeeper in the form of Jordan Pickford, who made his 42nd England appearance against Albania on Friday, which included a smart one-on-one save from Myrto Uzuni at 1-0. 

There are some among the Everton fanbase who believe Pickford's performances for England are undervalued, particularly in the face of Ramsdale's form so far this season.

But the 27-year-old is relishing the challenge that is being posed to him by his Arsenal counterpart. 

But Jordan Pickford remains England No 1, making his 42 appearance in the Albania win

But Jordan Pickford remains England No 1, making his 42 appearance in the Albania win

'I'm delighted that he's flying. I see the games and he's making worldies against Leicester! But that's what you want. He's your team-mate, he's your friend,' the Everton star said in an interview with BBC Radio 5 Live, via 90min.

'We get on really well, we train really hard and we push each other in training. And it just brings out the best of us. 

'If we play or we don't play we're going back to our clubs having a successful week with England and being in the right frame of mind when we're at our clubs.'

Their respective form for Arsenal and Everton for the remainder of the season will no doubt hold some weight as to who starts as No 1 for England in their opening World Cup group game. 

But ultimately Ramsdale must show he is up for the fight on the international stage, and while tougher tests than pointless San Marino will come for him, he must begin to lay the foundations for a successful Three Lions career on Monday night.

Tyrone Mings

'Tyrone has probably not been playing at the top of his game,' was the assessment made by former Aston Villa boss Dean Smith after he was hauled off after 38 minutes in the 4-1 defeat by West Ham last month.

Mings had been heavily criticised for his display in the defeat at Arsenal and then was taken off, reportedly fuming, before the first half was even up against the Hammers.

That game proved to be Smith's last home game charge in Villa before he was sacked, with a 1-0 defeat away at Southampton - in which Mings played the full 90 minutes - his last game at the helm.

New Villa boss Steven Gerrard could be the man to revive Mings' fortunes after a sub-par start to the season, but first he must take matters on the international stage into his own hands.

Tyrone Mings has underperformed for Aston Villa and needs to put in a good performance

Tyrone Mings has underperformed for Aston Villa and needs to put in a good performance

The 28-year-old played three matches at Euro 2020 and was last involved in the 1-1 draw with Hungary last month. But there are plenty of players who could be knocking on the door to replace him in the squad sooner rather than later.

Ben White continues to impress in Arsenal's back four, while Fikayo Tomori has also been in good form with AC Milan and was called up for last month's international break.

Mings therefore requires a good performance - even if right now he appears to have Southgate's backing - given that it is unlikely the 51-year-old boss will be able to resist calls to recall White and Tomori if their form continues. 

Ben White has impressed for Arsenal this season

Fikayo Tomori has been in fine form for AC Milan

Ben White (left) and Fikayo Tomori (right) could be knocking on the door for his place soon

Conor Coady

The Wolves defender has spoken admirably in the last few weeks about several issues off the field.

Preceding the San Marino fixture, the 28-year-old insisted England stars will consider protesting against Qatar's poor human right record, and championed LGBT rights earlier this month when he said 'being gay will be part of everyday life in football.'

Bukayo Saka and assistant manager Steve Holland were also keen to highlight the impact he has had on the squad at Euro 2020 and since the tournament, with the former

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