Gareth Southgate has called his 23-man England squad for FIFA World Cup 2018 at Russia following month, and his extra five-man standby list.
A range of escapes emerged before the statement, together with both Joe Hart and Jack Wilshere being advised that they hadn’t been chosen by the England director for the championship, whereas both Wayne Rooney and James Milner have declared their global retirement because of the 2016 European Championship.
Because of this, Southgate has chosen to take a young squad with one eye firmly on Euro 2020 and the 2022 World Cup from the expectation that the present crop develops into a side capable of challenging for high honors.
“I believe this is a squad 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.”
But despite taking among the most adorable England squads to attend a World Cup, Southgate did refrain from choosing any of England’s emerging Under-21s, which means that the likes of Ryan Sessegnon, Jadon Sancho, and Ademola Lookman missing out on a surprise call-up.
Defender Gary Cahill was remembered and there are also areas for Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Nick Pope.
Southgate’s side will compete in Group G along with Belgium, Panama, and Tunisia, using their effort set to start on 18 June from Tunisia before facing Panama on 24 June and eventually Belgium on 28 June.
England Squad For FIFA World Cup 2018
Jack Butland, Jordan Pickford, Nick Pope.
Trent Alexander-Arnold, Gary Cahill, Fabian Delph, Phil Jones, Harry Maguire, Danny Rose, John Stones, Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker, Ashley Young.
Dele Alli, Eric Dier, Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Jesse Lingard, Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Raheem Sterling, Jamie Vardy, Danny Welbeck.
Lewis Cook, Tom Heaton, Adam Lallana, Jake Livermore, James Tarkowski.