Premier League players involved in 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying during January international window

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The January international window is known for being crunch time for World Cup qualification, and that is no different this cycle as teams can seal a spot in Qatar for the 2022 World Cup.

As a result, many top Premier League players have already jetted off to join up with national teams, with spots at the 2022 World Cup on the line.

In this window, only three of the five confederations have active World Cup qualifying matches ongoing — Asia (CAF), North America (CONCACAF) and South America (CONMEBOL). All three confederations utilize a round-robin style qualification table. CONCACAF qualifying has six matches remaining, which equates to three matches per window between now and March, while both AFC and CONMEBOL both have four matches remaining, breaking down to two per window.

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Two confederations do not see World Cup qualifying matches take place this window: Africa (CAF) and Europe (UEFA). CAF currently has the Africa Cup on Nations ongoing, and won't get to its final round of World Cup qualifying matches until the March international window. UEFA has already confirmed 10 of its 13 places, and the others will be decided during the March international window by three mini knockout brackets.

Which Premier League players were called in for World Cup qualification?

With just CONMEBOL, CONCACAF and AFC in World Cup qualifying action this international break, here are the players from each team who have departed after being named to an international roster this window.

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Manchester United has the most, thanks in part to a pair of Brazilians, while Aston Villa, Brighton, Liverpool, Man City and Tottenham all have three players taking part. Burnley, Crystal Palace, Leicester City, Norwich City and Southampton do not have any players participating in World Cup qualification this international window.


Player Position Country Region
Gabriel CB Brazil CONMEBOL

Aston Villa

Player Position Country Region
Emiliano Buendia ACM Argentina CONMEBOL
Philippe Coutinho ACM Brazil CONMEBOL
Emiliano Martinez GK Argentina CONMEBOL


Player Position Country Region
Saman Ghoddos ACM Iran AFC
Ethan Pinnock CB Jamaica CONCACAF

Brighton & Hove Albion

Player Position Country Region
Steven Alzate CM Colombia CONMEBOL
Moises Caciedo CM Ecuador CONMEBOL
Alexis Mac Allister ACM Argentina CONMEBOL


Player Position Country Region
Christian Pulisic ACM United States CONCACAF
Thiago Silva CB Brazil CONMEBOL


Player Position Country Region
Yerry Mina CB Colombia CONMEBOL
Salomon Rondon ST Venezuela CONMEBOL

Leeds United

Player Position Country Region
Raphinha ST Brazil CONMEBOL


Player Position Country Region
Alisson GK Brazil CONMEBOL
Roberto Firmino ST Brazil CONMEBOL
Takumi Minamino LW Japan AFC

Manchester City

Player Position Country Region
Ederson GK Brazil CONMEBOL
Gabriel Jesus ST Brazil CONMEBOL
Zack Steffen GK United States CONCACAF

Manchester United

Player Position Country Region
Edinson Cavani ST Uruguay CONMEBOL
Zidane Iqbal CM Iran AFC
Alex Telles LB Brazil CONMEBOL


Player Position Country Region
Miguel Almiron ACM Paraguay CONMEBOL

Tottenham Hotspur

Player Position Country Region
Emerson RB Brazil CONMEBOL
Giovani Lo Celso CM Argentina CONMEBOL
Davinson Sanchez CB Colombia CONMEBOL


Player Position Country Region
Yaser Asprilla CM Colombia CONMEBOL

West Ham

Player Position Country Region
Michail Antonio FW Jamaica CONCACAF


Player Position Country Region
Raul Jimenez ST Mexico CONCACAF

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