Alexan­der-Arnold, 19, in Eng­land squad

Fiji Sun - - Sports -

Lon­don: Un­capped 19-year-old Liver­pool de­fender Trent Alexan­der-Arnold is in Gareth South­gate’s 23-man Eng­land squad for next month’s World Cup in Rus­sia. De­fender Gary Cahill has been re­called and there are also places for Ruben Lof­tus-Cheek and Nick Pope.

Goal­keeper Joe Hart and mid­fielder Jack Wil­shere have not been in­cluded, along with left-back Ryan Ber­trand.

Eng­land start their Group G campaign against Tu­nisia on June `8, be­fore games against Panama and Bel­gium. Liver­pool mid­fielder Adam Lal­lana is one of five play­ers on standby for the tour­na­ment, along with Burn­ley keeper Tom Heaton, Clarets de­fender James Tarkowski, Bournemouth’s Lewis Cook and fel­low mid­fielder Jake Liver­more of West Brom.

“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.” Squad: Goal­keep­ers: Jack But­land, Jor­dan Pick­ford, Nick Pope.

De­fend­ers: Trent Alexan­der-Arnold, Gary Cahill, Fabian Delph, Phil Jones, Harry Maguire, Danny Rose, John Stones, Kieran Trip­pier , Kyle Walker, Ash­ley Young.

Mid­field­ers: Dele Alli, Eric Dier, Jor­dan Hen­der­son, Jesse Lin­gard, Ruben Lof­tus-Cheek.

For­wards: Harry Kane, Mar­cus Rash­ford, Ra­heem Ster­ling, Jamie Vardy, Danny Wel­beck. Standby: Lewis Cook, Tom Heaton, Adam Lal­lana, Jake Liver­more, James Tarkowski. Fix­tures: June 18 vs Rus­sia; June 24 vs Panama; June 28 vs Bel­gium.

Alexan­der Arnold

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