Gareth Southgate names England World Cup squad

Gareth Southgate names England World Cup squad

Gareth Southgate names England World Cup squad

Head coach England Gareth Southgate looks on prior to the global friendly match between England and Italy at Wembley Stadium on March 27, 2018 in London, England.

As widely reported, Joe Hart and Jack Wilshere miss out completely.

The 31-year-old Hart struggled to keep his place at West Ham United this season where he is on loan from Manchester City.

Defenders: Kyle Walker, John Stones, Fabian Delph (all Manchester City), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Kieran Trippier, Danny Rose (both Tottenham Hotspur), Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Harry Maguire (Leicester City).

On picking the uncapped Alexander-Arnold, he added: "The first call-up for Trent Alexander-Arnold is well deserved".

Danny Rose who has also had an injury plagued season was given the nod by Southgate and Ruben Loftus-Cheek will also fly England's flag in Russian Federation.

There was no place for Liverpool's Adam Lallana, though he is one of the players on standby, along with keeper Tom Heaton and defender James Tarkowski from Burnley, Bournemouth's 21-year-old midfielder Lewis Cook and West Bromwich Albion's Jake Livermore. England coach Gareth Southgate stuck to his principles and selected a young and energetic group of 23 players who can fit a variety of formations but will be short of experience at major tournaments.

"Ryan and Joe have played a lot over the last two years so they're not decisions we took lightly", Southgate told the FA website.

Manchester United's Ashley Young and Manchester City's Fabian Delph - who can both play a number of positions in defence and midfield - also get the call. Ashley Young is also named, and could win a starting spot as a left wing-back. "Get me to Russian Federation!"

Southgate said the decisions to leave out Hart and Bertrand were "really tough" but the England manager is happy with his main selection and five-man stand-by list.

Goalkeepers: Jack Butland, Jordan Pickford, Nick Pope.

Speaking for the first time since naming the squad, Southgate said: "I believe this is a squad which we can be excited about. We feel the team are improving and we want to continue that momentum".

England is in Group G with Belgium, Panama and Tunisia.

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