Three Lions squad are making Gareth purr
Gareth Southgate believes this is an England squad to be “excited about” after plumping for promise rather than experience with a bold World Cup selection.
Uncapped Trent Alexander Arnold (above) was celebrating a maiden senior call-up on Wednesday afternoon as experienced Adam Lallana, Joe Hart and Jack Wilshere reeled from the disappointment of missing out. After months of speculation, scrutiny and conjecture, the 23 men charged with bringing the country success in Russia were revealed by the Football Association along with the five-strong stand-by list for the tournament.
“I believe this is a squad which we can be excited about,” England head coach 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 in the team, but players that are equally comfortable in possession.”