Eng­land squad re­vealed

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GARETH South­gate has claimed his Eng­land World Cup 2018 squad has been picked to ex­cite the na­tion at this year’s tour­na­ment.

Man­ager South­gate re­vealed his 23-man squad with Adam Lal­lana, who is on the standby list, the big-name omis­sion.

But South­gate be­lieves, with the likes of Harry Kane, Raheem Ster­ling, Dele Alli and Ruben Lof­tus-Cheek, his young Eng­land squad of­fers plenty of en­cour­age­ment.

“I be­lieve this is a squad which we can be ex­cited about,” said South­gate. “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.”

Gary Cahill is part of the squad and Liver­pool teenager Trent Alexan­der-Arnold has also been called up, de­spite be­ing un­capped at se­nior level.

Here’s who will fea­ture in Eng­land’s World Cup squad:

GOAL­KEEP­ERS: Jack But­land (Stoke), Jor­dan Pick­ford (Everton), Nick Pope (Burn­ley).

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

MID­FIELD­ERS: Dele Alli (Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur), Eric Dier (Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur), Jor­dan Hen­der­son (Liver­pool), Jesse Lingard (Manch­ester United), Ruben Lof­tus-Cheek (Chelsea).

FOR­WARDS: Harry Kane (Tot­ten­ham), Marcus Rash­ford (Manch­ester United), Raheem Ster­ling (Manch­ester City), Jamie Vardy (Le­ices­ter), Danny Wel­beck (Ar­se­nal). STANDBY: Lewis Cook (Bournemouth), Tom Heaton (Burn­ley), Adam Lal­lana (Liver­pool), Jake Liver­more (West Brom), James Tarkowski (Burn­ley).

South­gate de­cided to leave Joe Hart and Jack Wil­shere at home and has picked a squad heav­ily loaded with de­fend­ers, re­flec­tive of his de­sire to play with three cen­tre-backs and wing-backs. Trent Alexan­der-Arnold could win his first Eng­land call up in Rus­sia, while the in­clu­sion of Lof­tus-Cheek also speaks to South­gate’s bold ap­proach. Harry Kane will cap­tain the side. – Daily Tele­graph

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