Manchester City

Manchester City will have 16 players in action at the World Cup in Qatar, with all 32 teams competing at the tournament having now published their squads – meaning that players’ squad numbers have also been confirmed.

Pep Guardiola will be without a number of his first-team stars for several weeks – with some potentially absent until after the World Cup final on December 18.

While the City boss will already be thinking about the Carabao Cup clash against Liverpool next month, his players competing at the tournament will be dreaming of international glory.

Here at MEN Sport, we have taken a look at what number each City player will be wearing for their respective country this winter.

Defender Nathan Ake is the only City representative in Group A, with the centre-back expected to start for Louis van Gaal’s side at the World Cup.

Other teams in Group A – Qatar, Ecuador and Senegal

The Three Lions’ squad contains five City players, with John Stones, Kalvin Phillips, Kyle Walker, Phil Foden and Jack Grealish all included in Gareth Southgate’s squad.

Other teams in Group B – Iran, USA and Wales

Julian Alvarez has been impressive since his summer switch to the Etihad Stadium, with his solid form earning him a call-up to the national side. He will wear an iconic number for his country.

Other teams in Group C – Saudi Arabia, Mexico and Poland

There is no City representation in Group D.

Teams in Group D – Denmark, Tunisia, France and Australia

Despite suffering from injury troubles in recent months, Aymeric Laporte was named in Luis Enrique’s squad, while Rodri was also included and is expected to play in the holding role.

Ilkay Gundogan will come head-to-head with his City teammates in Group E after being named in Hansi Flick’s Germany squad for the tournament in Qatar.

Other teams in Group E – Japan and Costa Rica

City’s only representative in Group F is midfield superstar Kevin De Bruyne. The form of the 31-year-old will be vital if Belgium are to taste success this year.

Other teams in Group F – Morocco, Croatia and Canada

Ederson has been named in Tite’s squad for the upcoming tournament and will compete with Liverpool’s Alisson to start in between the sticks.

Manuel Akanji has already proved to be a smart acquisition since his summer move from Borussia Dortmund. With Switzerland finding themselves in a tough group, the defender will need to perform well if his country are to progress.

Other teams in Group G – Cameroon and Serbia

Three City players have been named in the Portugal squad for the upcoming tournament in Qatar, with Joao Cancelo, Ruben Dias and Bernardo Silva all expected to start in Qatar.

Other teams in Group H – Uruguay, South Korea and Ghana


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