Southgate selects youthful England squad

Agence France-Presse . London | Published: 00:17, May 17,2018 | Updated: 00:22, May 17,2018

 
 

Trent Alexander-Arnold has been included in England’s 23-man squad for the World Cup as Joe Hart and Jack Wilshere were confirmed as the big-name casualties.
It was widely reported on Tuesday that England manager Gareth Southgate would leave out on-loan West Ham goalkeeper Joe Hart and Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere.
Both players will be missing from the England plane to the tournament in Russia next month, but Liverpool right-back Alexander-Arnold will be on the flight as Southgate opted for a youthful selection.
He named Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope in
place of Hart and called up Manchester City’s Fabian Delph, who can play at left-back or in midfield, to take over from Wilshere.
Chelsea defender Gary Cahill was included despite missing out in recent friendlies, while there was no place for Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana, who has recently returned from a lengthy injury lay-off.
Chelsea’s young midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek has earned selection after an impressive season on loan at Crystal Palace.
‘I believe this is a squad which we can be excited about,’ Southgate said.
‘It is a young group, but with some really important senior players so I feel the balance of the squad is good, both in terms of its experience, its character and also the positional balance.
‘We have a lot of energy and athleticism in the team, but players that are equally comfortable in possession of the ball and I think people can see the style of play we’ve been looking to develop.
‘The selection process has been over months really, it’s not just been the last few weeks.
‘We feel the team are improving and we want to continue that momentum.’
England face Panama, Tunisia and Belgium in their World Cup group stage matches.
SQUAD
Goalkeepers: Jack Butland (Stoke City), Jordan Pickford (Everton), Nick Pope (Burnley); Defenders: John Stones (Manchester City), Harry Maguire (Leicester City), Phil Jones (Manchester Utd), Kyle Walker (Manchester City), Kieran Trippier (Tottenham Hotspur), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Ashley Young (Manchester Utd), Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur), Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool); Midfielders: Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur), Jesse Lingard (Manchester Utd), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea), Fabian Delph (Manchester City); Forwards: Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Jamie Vardy (Leicester City), Marcus Rashford (Manchester Utd), Danny Welbeck (Arsenal). 

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