Gareth Southgate reveals 'tough calls' on England World Cup squad

Gareth Southgate reveals 'tough calls' on England World Cup squad

Alexander-Arnold's call-up is his first for the England senior team and follows the right-back's breakthrough season at Liverpool.

Following early speculation, Joe Hart and Jack Wilshere will not be taking the flight to Russian Federation this summer.

While Southgate spoke of the pace and athleticism in his squad, Jack Wilshere and Jonjo Shelvey, both of whom were left out, offer a touch of the unpredictable. But the Newcastle midfield will have to watch the World Cup at his home this time around. However, as pointed out by Goal earlier this year, reports in Jamaica claim that his grandparents were not born in England, therefore making him ineligible to play for the Three Lions according to Federation Internationale de Football Association rules. Another uncapped player on the plane will be Nick Pope, who was magnificent in front of goal for Burnley this season.

He will hope that Loftus-Cheek, the Chelsea midfielder on loan at Crystal Palace, can be his unexpected wildcard.

Harry Kane will lead the line for the Three Lions with Marcus Rashford, Jamie Vardy, Raheem Sterling, Danny Welbeck and Jesse Lingard providing additional firepower.

The 23 players averages just 19 caps, making them England's least experienced World Cup squad since 1962.

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As it turns out, Hart has been left at home with Burnley's Nick Pope going in the #3 goalkeeper spot instead.

Defensively England have plenty of options, although centre backs Gary Cahill and John Stones lack authority which is why Southgate is likely to favour a three-man defence featuring Kyle Walker with two attacking wing backs. Maguire played a single game for the U21's but the likes of Jack Butland, Harry Kane and Dele Ali to name just a few have been in the England ranks in some form for years and years.

The 23 players were announced on Wednesday afternoon with goalkeeper Joe Hart and defender Ryan Bertrand, both regulars throughout the qualification campaign, missing from the list.

One could easily come to a conclusion that this squad is fairly inexperienced.

"Dreamt of going to a World Cup since I was a kid".

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