Gareth Southgate announces England's 23-man World Cup squad

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

England Manager Gareth Southgate has announced his 23-man squad for the World Cup.

The Football Association have confirmed that Liverpool right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold has been included in the squad for this summer's tournament in Russia.

Manager Gareth Southgate has also named Manchester City midfielder Fabian Delph and Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope in his intended group. 

As had been widely speculated upon, Southgate decided against selecting City goalkeeper Joe Hart, who has spent the past year on loan at West Ham, or Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere.

Chelsea's Ruben Loftus-Cheek has earned selection after season on loan at Crystal Palace, but there is no place for Southampton left-back Ryan Bertrand.

Tottenham's Danny Rose and Ashley Young of Manchester United were the chosen left-backs, while Delph, who has impressed in that position this season for City, can also cover the position.

Chelsea centre-back Gary Cahill has been given a place, while Pope will join Everton's Jordan Pickford and Stoke's Jack Butland as the squad's keepers.

The inclusion of Cahill, who was dropped by Southgate in March and may not have made the cut had Joe Gomez been fit, was met with a lukewarm reaction.

The England squad in full:

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

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

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

Forwards: Jamie Vardy (Leicester), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Danny Welbeck (Arsenal), Harry Kane (Tottenham).

Standby list: Tom Heaton, James Tarkowski, Lewis Cook, Jake Livermore and Adam Lallana