Excitement for England's World Cup campaign will ramp up when manager Gareth Southgate finalises his squad to take to Qatar.
Southgate will have had less than half a Premier League season – and a handful of Nations League games – to assess his players before making a final call, but after six years in the job should already have a good idea who is on the plane.
Here is everything you need to know about Southgate's squad selection.
When will it be announced?
Current plans indicate naming a provisional squad on Friday, October 21. That is a month before the World Cup kicks off, although there is nothing to stop Southgate naming his squad earlier than that. England will then hope and pray that players come through the final few rounds of Premier League fixtures unscathed.
The deadline for final squads is November 13, as confirmed by Fifa.
While we're waiting for Southgate to announce his players, Telegraph Football experts have picked the 26-man squads they would take to Qatar.
Who will be in the squad?
Goalkeepers Jordan Pickford, Aaron Ramsdale and Nick Pope are well-established in the squad, and will remain so bar any dips in form or a surprise package elsewhere.
In defence, the poor form of Luke Shaw and Harry Maguire for Manchester United poses a number of questions for Gareth Southgate.
The two were previously among the first names on the England team sheet, alongside the likes of Kyle Walker, Kieran Trippier and John Stones in defence. But after both were dropped by Manchester United, their seats on the plane to Qatar are far from guaranteed.
England are blessed with right-back talent, and Trent Alexander-Arnold looks the most likely to miss out after he was not picked in the squad for the most recent Nations League fixtures.
Ben White and Marc Guehi will be pushing to complete Southgate's centre-back options, as will Fikayo Tomori who won a league title with AC Milan last season.
Southgate has been loyal to Conor Coady and Tyrone Mings though, who offer leadership qualities. Coady joined Everton on loan in a bid to enhance his chances of getting on the plane. Eric Dier is in the picture, especially if Southgate favours a back three.
In midfield, Declan Rice, Kalvin Phillips, Jordan Henderson, Jude Bellingham, Mason Mount and Jack Grealish are expected to be nailed-on picks if fit. James-Ward Prowse, Conor Gallagher and Emile Smith Rowe are on the fringes. Ward-Prowse's specialist set-piece delivery could see him get the nod.
In attack, Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling – who moved to Chelsea in the transfer window – Phil Foden and Bukayo Saka look to be Southgate's first-choices for forwards.
Tammy Abraham could deputise for Kane, while Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford will be fighting to regain their place and improve under Erik ten Hag at Manchester United. Jarrod Bowen was picked for the Nations League after an outstanding campaign for West Ham last year.
The likes of Ollie Watkins and Dominic Calvert-Lewin have slipped down the pecking order with the Everton striker starting the new season injured.
There have been calls for Brentford striker Ivan Toney to be given a spot but he was not given a chance to prove himself when called up to squad for the Nations League clashes against Italy and Germany.
How the squad could look
Goalkeepers: Jordan Pickford, Aaron Ramsdale, Nick Pope
Defenders: Kyle Walker, Kieran Tripper, Reece James, Ben White, John Stones, Harry Maguire, Ben Chilwell, Luke Shaw
Midfielders: Declan Rice, Kalvin Phillips, Jordan Henderson, Jude Bellingham, Mason Mount, Jack Grealish, Phil Foden
Attackers: Harry Kane, Tammy Abraham, Bukayo Saka, Raheem Sterling, Jadon Sancho
Who can be late bolters?
Liverpool youngsters Harvey Elliott and Curtis Jones are players to keep an eye on, although England are well-stocked for technical, attacking midfielders. Elliott could have the chance to impress in the coming weeks after Thiago pulled up injured in Liverpool's draw at Fulham.
Crystal Palace's Eberechi Eze and Michael Olise have choices to make about which country to represent internationally, but are certainly exciting.
Everton defender Ben Godfrey could have an outside chance, but suffered more injury pain after fracturing his leg on the opening weekend of the season.
There will be calls for Leicester City's James Maddison to be given a second chance after an impressive start to the season. Marcus Rashford was once one of Southgate's trusted players and two goals against Arsenal suggest he is regaining form.
Morgan Gibbs-White and Jacob Ramsey will likely face too much competition.
How many players are England allowed to take?
World Cup squads will rise from 23 players to 26 under new measures brought in by Fifa to alleviate potential fatigue issues at this year’s tournament.
The world governing body decided that it would increase the squad limit for the first time in the modern era so that managers can select from a bigger pool of players in order to potentially reduce the load on players and minimise the potential for injuries. That squad will have to be named by managers by November 13, eight days before the tournament begins.
The provisional list of players will be submitted by managers before then – with national associations able to name 55 players on their longlist that will then be reduced at a later date. There will be a limit of 26 people allowed to sit on the benches for games. That will comprise the 15 substitutes and 11 team officials of which one has to be the team doctor.
What was England's squad at the last World Cup?
Goalkeepers: Jordan Pickford, Jack Butland, Nick Pope
Defenders: Kyle Walker, Trent-Alexander Arnold Kieran Trippier, John Stones, Harry Maguire, Gary Cahill, Phil Jones, Danny Rose, Ashley Young
Midfielders: Jordan Henderson, Eric Dier, Fabian Delph, Dele Alli, Jesse Lingard, Ruben Loftus-Cheek
Attackers: Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, Danny Welbeck, Marcus Rashford