England News: Southgate names World Cup squad

1 year ago

In the latest England news, Gareth Southgate has revealed his excitement ahead of the 2018 World Cup after naming his final 23-man squad.

The Three Lions head to Russia looking to atone for some poor performances at the last few major competitions.

England crashed out of Euro 2016 in the last-16 to minnows Iceland, while they failed to make it out of the group at the 2014 global showpiece.

Reports earlier this week suggested that goalkeeper Joe Hart and midfielder Jack Wilshere would not be on the plane and both have been omitted from the squad.

Hart’s absence means that Burnley’s Nick Pope claims one of the three goalkeeping berths alongside Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland and Everton number one Jordan Pickford.

Meanwhile, uncapped Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold has been included in Southgates’ plans after an incredible breakthrough season at Anfield, which could end with a Champions League winners’ medal.

Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who spent 2017-18 on-loan with Crystal Palace, will head to his first major competition with the Three Lions.

Southgate hasn’t sprung any surprises with his selection in the forwards with Harry Kane, who is priced 16/1 to claim the 2018 World Cup Golden Boot with Sky Bet, Marcus Rashford, Raheem Sterling, Jamie Vardy and Danny Welbeck all getting the nod.

“I believe this is a squad which 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.

“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 momentum.”