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Alexander-Arnold in Southgate's World Cup squad

17 May, 2018, 00:33 | Author: Rachael Silva
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There are major names that have been left out of the squad, including long-time goalkeeper Joe Hart.

The English squad is dominated by players from the Premier League's top three - Tottenham (5), Manchester City (4), Manchester United (4).

Coach Gareth Southgate expressed his pleasure with his selections. "When we pick young players, it's not just because they are young, it's because their performances deserve it", Southgate said.

But the most striking inclusion is uncapped teenager Alexander-Arnold.

It looks like this most recent injury - one that has kept him away from Liverpool's excellent run to the Champions League final - appears to have been too much for Gareth Southgate to overlook.

Lean, strong in the tackle and athletic, Alexander-Arnold is the archetypal modern-day full back - attacking, energetic, and with a good delivery. Wilshere, for all his critics, boasts a particular set of skills, ones hard to replace within England.

U21 worldwide Alexander-Arnold trained with England before the friendlies with Italy and Netherlands in March.

Gareth Southgate named the uncapped Pope in his 23 for Russian Federation alongside Jack Butland and Jordan Pickford, with Heaton on standby and the experienced Joe Hart missing out altogether. The 19-year-old played a key role in the eye-catching knockout victories over Manchester City and Roma, with Southgate having taken note. "It's a dream come true!"

The World Cup starts on June 14.

As for Southgate's central midfielders, he's got Dele Alii, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Eric Dier and Fabian Delph, again, snubbing Newcastle's Shelvey.

There are also places for Gary Cahill, Fabian Delph and Ruben Loftus-Cheek alongside highly-expected faces such as Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling and Jordan Henderson.

Goalkeepers: Jack Butland, Jordan Pickford, Nick Pope.

The reds provided 5 players of the 23 man squad in 2014 and also 5 players for the Euro 2016 squad.

Tottenham striker Harry Kane will once again lead the England line, and is tipped to be captain, with support from Jamie Vardy, Danny Welbeck and Marcus Rashford, at the expense of Bournemouth's Jermain Defoe.



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