Plenty of surprises in England’s squad for 2018 World Cup

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    England manager Gareth Southgate has named a youthful 23-man World Cup squad with several notable absentees.

    Experienced goalkeeper Joe Hart was left out of the squad for Russia, as was Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere who between them have been capped more than 100 times.

    Everton’s Jordan Pickford, one of three keepers selected, is expected to start in goal in England’s opening match against Tunisia on June 18.

    Liverpool’s uncapped 19-year-old right back Trent Alexander-Arnold is the youngest member of the squad after being given a surprise call-up, while Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek, on loan at Crystal Palace, is also included.

    Southgate opted to name his final 23-man squad rather than a larger provisional one, as is usually the case, although he has put five players on a standby list.

    England play friendlies against Nigeria and Costa Rica on June 2 and June 7 before leaving for Russia five days later.

    England World Cup 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), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Ashley Young (Manchester Utd), Danny Rose (Tottenham), Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool).

    Midfielders: Eric Dier (Tottenham), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Dele Alli (Tottenham), Jesse Lingard (Manchester Utd), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea), Fabian Delph (Manchester City).

    Forwards: Harry Kane (Tottenham), Jamie Vardy (Leicester City), Marcus Rashford (Manchester Utd), Danny Welbeck (Arsenal).

    © Reuters 2018

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    • May 17th 2018 @ 7:58pm
      Kangajets said | May 17th 2018 @ 7:58pm | ! Report

      Oh my god
      How is this being moderatered

      For gods sake ,, this is ridiculous

      Wellbeck ,, thought he was out injured , shows my lack of epl knowledge lately .

      Surprised Phil Jones is considered ahead of Chris smalling

      With Kane. Rashford Lingard Ali and sterling, England will surely get out of their group .. not expecting anything after that .

      Wouldn’t the Socceroos love to have those attacking options .

      • May 18th 2018 @ 11:17am
        Buddy said | May 18th 2018 @ 11:17am | ! Report

        What about Lacazette and Martial not being inFrench squd…an abundance of riches or talent going to waste?

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