Official: Gareth Southgate names England's World Cup squad

16th May 2018

England manager Gareth Southgate has today named his 23-man squad for the 2018 World Cup.

Unsurprisingly, the 47-year-old has opted for many tried and tested players, but he has also made a couple of controversial calls.

The big winner is Liverpool's Trent Alexander Arnold, whose recent form has helped him get the nod over more established players.

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Goalkeeper Joe Hart has been overlooked, having endured a poor season on loan at West Ham.

Another member of the old guard, Jack Wilshere, has fallen down the pecking order and paid the price for his poor injury record.

Chelsea youngster Ruben Loftus-Cheek has made the cut while Liverpool's Adam Lallana has to make do with a place on the stand-by list.

Full England World Cup 2018 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.

Stand-by: Tom Heaton, James Tarkowski, Lewis Cook, Jake Livemore and Adam Lallana.

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England are set to play friendlies against Nigeria and Costa Rice as part of their pre-tournament preparations before flying to Russia on June 12.

As Southgate has opted not to name a preliminary squad, all of the players he has picked today will represent England at the tournament, barring any late injuries.

England World Cup fixtures:

Monday June 18: Tunisia v England (Group G) - Volgograd, 7pm

Sunday June 24: England v Panama (Group G) - Nizhny Novgorod, 1pm

Thursday June 28: England v Belgium (Group G) - Kaliningrad, 7pm

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