England’s World Cup squad is valued at £1.31billion and Jude Bellingham is the most valued player, according to research by the CIES Football Observatory.
England’s estimated combined prices weigh ahead of favorites Brazil (£1.27bn), France (£1.17bn) and Spain (£1.05bn) .
Other European powers Portugal (£1.01bn), Germany (£893.2m) and the Netherlands (£662m) also have higher values than Argentina (£516.7million) – named as second favorites to lift the trophy, according to Sky Bet.
Figures estimate Southgate’s 26-man squad to be worth more than two-and-a-half times the sum of Lionel Scaloni’s combined squad – despite price Inter striker Lautaro Martinez at 86.7 million pounds.
The Wales side sit 23rd out of 32 teams at just £158million, less than eight times the value of their British counterparts – with Nottingham Forest striker Brennan Johnson recording a valuation of 22, £8 million.
At the other end of the scale, the entire 26-man Costa Rica squad would cost just £20.1m – which could be bought 65 times to match the value of the squad from England.
England midfielder Bellingham will be Qatar’s most valuable player with a price tag of £176.9million, nearly £50million more than Borussia Dortmund would have demanded for the 19-year-old .
Real Madrid winger Vinicius Junior is second with £176m, followed by Kylian Mbappe (£162m) – while Pedri (Spain), Jamal Musiala (Germany), Federico Valverde (Uruguay) get also high valuations.
Time to shine for Bellingham?
Sky Sports’ Nick Wright:
Could it be Jude Bellingham’s time? The midfielder became the youngest player to play for England at a major tournament when he came off the bench in the 1-0 win over Croatia at Euro 2020 at the age of 17 years and 349 days, playing a total of 56 minutes on their run to the final.
This time, he hopes to feature much more prominently.
Bellingham has accumulated invaluable experience over the past year, both at international level, winning 17 caps in total, and at club level, where his importance to Borussia Dortmund has grown steadily.
Bellingham started all but two of Dortmund’s 34 Bundesliga games last season and he has yet to miss a minute in the new campaign, with his performances sparking interest from Liverpool and prompting Dortmund to place a whopping $130million price tag. pounds on his head.
Gareth Southgate may well find it impossible to overlook him in Qatar. Declan Rice is of course a guaranteed starter, while Kalvin Phillips is seen as equally important in his midfield.
But Phillips won’t come into the tournament as well-prepared as Bellingham due to his recent injury struggles and lack of playing time for Manchester City, and that may require an overhaul.
Recent evidence suggests Bellingham will be ready to seize the chance. He’s still a teenager and turned just 19 in June, but his budding talent and combination of physical and technical prowess could make him crucial for England this winter.