Few Surprises in Gareth Southgate's England World Cup Squad

Few Surprises in Gareth Southgate's England World Cup Squad

Gareth Southgate named the uncapped Pope in his 23 for Russian Federation alongside Jack Butland and Jordan Pickford, with Heaton on standby and the experienced Joe Hart missing out altogether.

There was no place for Liverpool's Adam Lallana, though he is one of the players on standby, along with keeper Tom Heaton and defender James Tarkowski from Burnley, Bournemouth's 21-year-old midfielder Lewis Cook and West Bromwich Albion's Jake Livermore.

We have a lot of energy and athleticism in the team but also players equally comfortable in possession.

Alexander-Arnold has yet to win his first cap.

While Southgate did not make any "wildcard" picks for the finals, he has opted for experienced players such as Chelsea's Gary Cahill and Arsenal's Danny Welbeck to compliment his younger stars.

But with Gareth Southgate's 23-man squad imminent on Wednesday, plenty seemed to read far too deeply into a post left by the Bayer Leverkusen forward on his social media channels.

Injuries meant their Reds teammates Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Joe Gomez were unavailable for selection.




As for goalkeepers, Jack Butland of recently relegated Stoke City will fight for the gloves with Everton stopper Jordan Pickford and Burnley's Nick Pope.

"I could have had easier conversations by keeping them involved".

"You need half of your team to be world class to be favourites in a competition like this and we haven't got that at the moment, but we will have that in four years and six years". "Get me to Russian Federation!"

Tim Sherwood, who coached the Soulhill native in the past was one of many who called for him to be included, on the back of his three goals and six assists in the Championship this season. Both calls were really tough. "We felt the players all needed to be in on merit after their performances this season".

Man Utd and Chelsea players will join the squad on May 26 and Liverpool players will train for the first time after the friendlies with Nigeria on June 2 in London.

"All of the guys on standby have been really professional in their approach to this".

England begin their Group G campaign against Tunisia in Volgograd on June 18th, before games against Panama and Belgium.

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