Manchester City players at the 2022 World Cup

By Guest writer, Fri 18 November 2022 14:39

Manchester City players at the 2022 World CupBlues have 16 representatives at the tournament in Qatar

Manchester City fans have plenty to look forward to at the 2022 World Cup, with 16 of the club’s players representing their respective countries in Qatar.

Several City stars have a genuine chance of getting their hands on the prestigious trophy, further heightening interest in the tournament amongst the global fanbase.

The World Cup gets underway on November 20 and concludes with the final on December 18. City return to action four days later against Liverpool in the Carabao Cup.

Read on as we look at the City players who will be featuring in the World Cup and assess their chances of making progress at the tournament.


Plenty of City fans may well be tempted to use the bet365 bonus code 2023 to back Brazil to win the World Cup with goalkeeper Ederson in their line-up.

The Samba Kings were hugely impressive during South American qualifying and should be tough to beat if they produce their best form in Qatar.

They have landed in a tricky opening group alongside Serbia, Switzerland and Cameroon, but should have enough about them to progress to the knockout stage.


Argentina are one of the favourites to win the World Cup after embarking on a 35-game unbeaten run under manager Lionel Scaloni.

City forward Julian Alvarez is part of the squad, but may have to settle for being used as an impact substitute during the tournament.

Argentina’s starting XI is good enough to match any other team, while having Lionel Messi in the line-up is never a bad thing.


There is a suspicion that Belgium’s golden generation of players have missed their opportunity to win silverware at a major tournament.

City playmaker Kevin De Bruyne is likely to have other ideas and he will be crucial to their hopes of progressing to the latter stages.

Belgium face Canada, Morocco and Croatia in the group phase and should have no problem qualifying for the round of 16.


Germany are another team that have high expectations and they look a good bet to make a deep run at the tournament in Qatar.

Midfielder Ilkay Gundogan is an important cog in their midfield unit and will fancy his chances of bagging a World Cup winners’ medal.

Japan, Spain and Costa Rica is a tricky opening group, but Germany have the know-how to book their place in the knockout phase.


Five City players are part of the England’ squad for Qatar 2022 – Kyle Walker, John Stones, Jack Grealish, Kalvin Phillips and Phil Foden.

While the Three Lions have the talent to make a big impact at the World Cup, their form heading into the tournament is a major cause for concern.

They have failed to win any of the last six international matches and are not guaranteed to get out of a group containing the United States, Wales and Iran.


City stars Joao Cancelo, Ruben Dias and Bernardo Silva will see plenty of game time as Portugal bid to get their hands on the World Cup for the first time.

However, they may have their work cut out finishing in the top two in a group containing Ghana, Uruguay and South Korea.

It would be foolish to write Portugal off with Cristiano Ronaldo likely to be eager to prove a point, but they may struggle to progress beyond the quarter-finals.


City defender Nathan Ake featured in the Netherlands’ recent Nations League games and will be hopeful of retaining his place at the World Cup.

The Dutch beat Belgium in their most recent outing, highlighting that they have the potential to compete with the best teams in the world.

Netherlands should safely navigate through a favourable opening group of Qatar, Ecuador and Senegal and could be a good outside bet to reach the final.


Spain are not quite the force they were a decade ago, but they unquestionably still possess the talent to be competitive at the World Cup.

Rodri and Aymeric Laporte are City’s representatives in the Spain squad and both should get plenty of chances to shine in Qatar.

Winning the group ahead of Germany could be crucial to their hopes, as they would probably avoid Belgium in the last 16 if they claim top spot.


City defender Manuel Akanji will feature regularly for a Switzerland team that finished ahead of world champions Italy during qualifying.

They have progressed to the round of 16 at the last two World Cups and will expect to repeat the feat at the upcoming tournament.

The Swiss are in a tough group alongside Brazil, Serbia and Cameroon, but could enhance their World Cup record if they keep things tight at the back.