Kieffer Moore is likely to lead the line for Wales. Chris Mepham and David Brooks – should he recover in time to feature – are all-but guaranteed a seat on the plane too. Cardiff City trio Will Vaulks, Rubin Colwill and Mark Harris will also be in contention. So might youngsters Isaak Davies and Eli King, should they maintain their recent at the Cardiff City Stadium.
Tom Bradshaw, meanwhile, recently announced his intention to fight for a spot in Page’s final-23 after a super season at Millwall (News at Den).
Wales have already booked their ticket for the so-called Festival of Football. Whether Scotland join them remains to be seen. Steve Clarke’s side face Ukraine in a long-awaited play-off in June.
Steve Clarke’s Scotland
Succeed and supporters from Giffnock to Glasgow will be cheering on Bournemouth’s former Celtic schemer Ryan Christie, Forest stopper Scott McKenna and veteran QPR ‘keeper David Marshall. Lyndon Dykes and Oli McBurnie could go head-to-head for a starting spot up top. But maybe Clarke will spring a surprise and go with the mobile Jacob Brown, fresh of his most prolific campaign thus far at Stoke.
John Fleck’s hopes of a place in the Scotland squad, meanwhile, will be given a sizeable boost if the Blades secure a return to the Premier League.
If included, Johnstone will be watching on from the sidelines as England face off against a USA side potentially containing Tim Ream and Antonee Robinson (both Fulham) and £7 million Daryl Dike (West Brom). Ethan Horvath is the United States’ back-up option behind Zack Steffen. Canada’s first ever World Cup could see Richie Laryea, also of Forest, feature.
There will be no Ben Brereton Diaz. Chile failed to qualify. But another of the Championship’s most free-scoring forwards will be in Qatar. Aleksandr Mitrovic is just as prolific for his country (Serbia, 44 goals in 71 caps) as he is for his club.
Viktor Gyokeres (Coventry and Sweden), Emil Riis (Preston and Denmark) and Philip Billing (Bournemouth and Denmark) will hope that their excellent recent form stands them in good stead too. Ditto Kenny Tete (Fuham and Netherlands) and Filip Uremovic (Sheffield United and Croatia).
And, who knows, if Fulham wonderkid Fabio Carvalho makes a flying start to life at Liverpool, maybe there will be a place in Portugal’s midfield up for grabs.