Smalling Missing As England Announce 23-Man Squad For The World Cup

High profile names such as Joe Hart and Jack Wilshere were left out of England’s World Cup squad on Wednesday by manager Gareth Southgate, who included uncapped 19-year-old Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Trent Alexander-Arnold selection comes after some fine performances in Liverpool’s run to the Champions League final. Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope and Fabian Delph of Manchester City are other notable inclusions.

Gareth Southgate selected Stoke City’s Jack Butland, Everton’s Jordan Pickford and Pope as his three goalkeepers.

Southgate named Tom Heaton, James Tarkowski, Lewis Cook, Jake Livermore and Adam Lallana on his stand-by list.

“History tells us that one of those standby players may end up in the squad, as it’s very unusual for us to get through the end of the season and our two preparation games without any issues,” explained Southgate.

“All of the guys on standby have been really professional in their approach to this. They recognise there’s still an opportunity and we’ve had a lot of conversations over a period of time with them about their situation.”

England will face Tunisia in their Group F opener on June 18 in Kazan, Russia, and have also been grouped with Belgium and Tunisia.

England’s 23-man World Cup squad

Goalkeepers: Jordan Pickford (Everton), Jack Butland (Stoke City), Nick Pope (Burnley)

Defenders: John Stones (Manchester City), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Kyle Walker (Manchester City), Harry Maguire (Leicester City), Kieran Trippier (Tottenham Hotspur), Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur), Ashley Young (Manchester United), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool)

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

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

 

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