Gareth Southgate Reveals Shortlist Of 23 Players For Russia World Cup, Names Alexander-Arnold But Omits Jack Wilshere And Joe Hart
The Three Lions of England have taken one step closer in their preparations for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia by releasing its 23-man provisi0nal squad.
The Coach of the side, Gareth Southgate named perhaps the youngest England squad of all time for the Mundial with the likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Jordan Pickford, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Marcus Rashford all making the cut.
Some of the veterans of the English National team left out are Joe Hart, Jermaine Defoe and Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere. There was, however, space for Chelsea’s Gary Cahill and Manchester United’s Ashley Young who would be required to provide some much-needed experience and leadership to the fledgeling side.
The list as obtained by NIGERIA NEWS includes:
GOALKEEPERS: Jordan Pickford (Everton), Jack Butland (Stoke), Nick Pope (Burnley)
DEFENDERS: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Kieran Trippier, Danny Rose (both Tottenham), Harry Maguire (Leicester), Phil Jones (Man Utd), John Stones, Kyle Walker (both Man City), Gary Cahill (Chelsea)
MIDFIELDERS: Jordan Henderson, (Liverpool), Eric Dier, Dele Alli (both Tottenham), Jesse Lingard, Ashley Young (both Man Utd), Fabian Delph (Man City), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea),
FORWARDS: Raheem Sterling (Man City), Jamie Vardy (Leicester), Harry Kane (Tottenham), Marcus Rashford (Man Utd), Danny Welbeck (Arsenal).
Leading the side to the World Cup is manager Gareth Southgate who believes that the squad is balanced with both young and old players and more importantly, personnel that can play the football he requires.
According to him: “I believe this is a squad which we can be excited about. 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 is improving and we want to continue that momentum.”
England will battle it out with Tunisia, Belgium and Panama in Group G of the World Cup Group Stages.