England coach Gareth Southgate opts for youth

England coach Gareth Southgate opts for youth

Gareth Southgate has named his England squad for the World Cup, with uncapped duo Trent Alexander-Arnold and Nick Pope selected for a place on the plane to Russian Federation.

The 23-man party for Russian Federation has an average age of 26 years and 18 days, making it the third-youngest squad to represent England at a World Cup.

Uncapped Liverpool right-back Alexander-Arnold, 19, has made just three appearances for England's U21s with this his first senior call-up.

Rashford was named in the squad along with Manchester United teammates Phil Jones, Jesse Lingard and Ashley Young.

Liverpool's English defender Nathaniel Clyne celebrates their victory at the end of the UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg football match AS Roma vs Liverpool FC at the Stadio

But nobody had Ashley Young beaten for nostalgia, the United player tweeting this 1990's picture of himself in an old Umbro shirt, complete with shorts and socks.

Leicester City's Harry Maguire is well-placed to edge Cahill out of his favoured starting berth on the left of the back three. The more I think about it, the more I think this should be made law.

Alan Shearer has reacted to the England squad announced by Gareth Southgate on Wednesday.

"It just shows in football you never know". So not everyone is as optimistic as England's manager.

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It is understood Lallana has met the news with maturity and positivity - plus Liverpool's Champions League final preparations will give him the chance to build fitness that could yet see him called upon.

At 32 and with 58 caps, Gary Cahill is the most experienced member of a squad with an average age of 25.5 and 20 caps on average.

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

Hart, who has been England's first choice goalkeeper for the last three major tournaments, was backed by Southgate after being deemed surplus to requirements by Pep Guardiola at City as the 31-year-old remained first choice during England's unbeaten qualifying campaign. The attacking full-back completed 51.3 per cent of 39 dribbles attempted, although his solitary assist lags behind Tottenham's Kieran Trippier, who set up five Premier League goals - all of them for England's premier centre-forward Harry Kane. Those squads including one only two months ago when Jonjo Shelvey wasn't included even though 27 players were brought together, whilst in November there were numerous withdrawals from a Southgate England squad and the manager chose to bring in all kinds of alternatives, whilst still ignoring Shelvey. Others were still watching their smartphones, waiting for one, when the announcement came at 2pm.

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