There is no place on the plane to Russia for Arsenal
midfielder Jack Wilshere or Manchester City's 75-
cap goalkeeper Joe Hart .
Newcastle midfielder Jonjo Shelvey has also been
overlooked, along with Southampton defender Ryan
Bertrand, while Adam Lallana's injury troubles at
Liverpool mean he only makes the standby list.
Liverpool's 19-year-old defender Trent Alexander-
Arnold, uncapped at senior level, is the most
notable inclusion in the squad.
Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope \(below) is the other
uncapped player included, at the expense of Hart,
with Stoke City's Jack Butland and Everton's Jordan
Pickford the additional options between the sticks.
Chelsea defender Gary Cahill has also been
The 32-year-old was dropped from the squad earlier
this year for the friendly matches against the
Netherlands and Italy but has returned to top form
for Chelsea and, with 58 caps, Southgate believes
his experience could be crucial in Russia.
Manchester City's Fabian Delph has got the nod,
too, with Southgate seeing his ability to play at left-
back or in midfield as a huge benefit.
Tottenham provide the most players to the squad
\(five), with Danny Rose, Kieran Trippier, Eric Dier ,
Dele Alli and Harry Kane all in.
Manchester City and Manchester United provide four
players apiece - Kyle Walker, John Stones, Fabian
Delph and Raheem Sterling from City and Ashley
Young , Phil Jones, Jesse Lingard and Marcus
Rashford from United.
On the standby list should there be any withdrawals
ahead of the tournament are Tom Heaton, James
Tarkowski, Lewis Cook, Jake Livermore and Lallana.
“I believe this is a squad which we can be excited
about,“ said Southgate.
“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
"The first call up for Trent Alexander-Arnold is well
deserved. When we pick young players, it’s not just
because they are young, it’s because their
performances deserve it.
“We’ve also had a couple of injuries with Alex
Oxlade-Chamberlain and Joe Gomez, which is a
huge blow for them personally and disappointing for
Here's the squad in full:
Goalkeepers: Jack Butland \(Stoke), Jordan Pickford
\(Everton ), Nick Pope \(Burnley).
Defenders: Kyle Walker, John Stones \(Manchester
City), Gary Cahill \(Chelsea), Harry Maguire
\(Leicester), Kieran Trippier, Danny Rose \( Tottenham
Hotspur), Ashley Young, Phil Jones \(Manchester
United), Trent Alexander-Arnold \(Liverpool).
Midfielders: Eric Dier, Dele Alli \(Tottenham Hotspur),
Jesse Lingard \(Manchester United), Jordan
Henderson \(Liverpool), Fabian Delph \(Manchester
City), Ruben Loftus-Cheek \(Chelsea).
Forwards: Jamie Vardy \(Leicester), Marcus
Rashford \(Manchester United), Raheem Sterling
\(Manchester City), Danny Welbeck \(Arsenal), Harry
STANDBY LIST: Tom Heaton, James Tarkowski,
Lewis Cook, Jake Livermore and Adam Lallana
England are in Group G at the World Cup and kick
off their campaign against Tunisia on June 18,
before facing Panama on June 24 and Belgium on
They will play two home friendlies before they head
out to Russia, against Nigeria at Wembley on June
2 and Costa Rica at Elland Road on June 7.
Southgate will be managing England at a major
tournament for the first time, as a largely
inexperienced squad looking to finally bring some
joy for Three Lions fans.
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group stage of the 2014 World Cup and suffered a
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