England's biggest battles for World Cup starting spots: Alexander-Arnold risks Qatar heartbreak

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After losing on penalties in the Euro 2020 final, England are under pressure to go one better in Qatar and lift the World Cup.

The success of the Lionesses and men's Under-19 side during the summer proved that this is not a nation genetically predisposed to major tournament failure.

But Gareth Southgate needs to get his squad spot on and there are still a number of big decisions for the manager to make before the World Cup gets under way in November.

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Alongside France and Brazil, England have some of the most intense positional battles in international football, with the Trent Alexander-Arnold versus Reece James debate having become a particularly heated topic of discussion in recent months.

Right-back is far from the only area of uncertainty, though. Indeed, GOAL has taken a look at six massive selection calls that could define England's campaign in Qatar...