De Futebol England names its squad for the 2018 World Cup

Southgate names his squad.  The Daily Mail:” Gareth Southgate has named England‘s least-experienced 23-man World Cup squad since 1962, with the group averaging just 19 caps per player.

Adding some experience is 32-year-old Chelsea defender Gary Cahill, who has 58 caps, while Southgate has opted for both Trent Alexander-Arnold and Kieran Trippier as vibrant right-back options.

Alexander-Arnold, 19, has been rewarded for his impressive form both in the Premier League and in Liverpool‘s superb Champions League campaign.

It is certainly a nod to the new era, with Southgate including just five players — Jordan Henderson, Raheem Sterling, Danny Welbeck, Phil Jones and Cahill — who played in the last World Cup in 2014. Nobody in the squad has won a World Cup match.

Cahill, who hasn’t played in the last five England matches, has been given the nod despite appearing out of favour in the national set-up.

Liverpool’s Adam Lallana has not been included by Southgate following his troubles with hamstring injuries this season.

But it is a bold and youthful selection from Southgate, who has chosen a squad with an average age of just 26 years old.

As Sportsmail revealed on Tuesday, Joe Hart had received a phone call from Southgate to tell him he will not be on the plane to Russia, while Jack Wilshere also misses out.

Arsenal midfielder Wilshere was handed an international recall in March for the games against Holland and Italy, but was forced to withdraw 24 hours before the game in Amsterdam due to a minor knee injury and has not been able to make his way back into the fold.

‘I believe this is a squad which we can be excited about,’ Southgate said following the announcement.

‘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 are improving and we want to continue that momentum.

‘The first call up for Trent Alexander-Arnold is well deserved. When we pick young players, it’s not just because they are young, it’s because their performances deserve it.

‘We’ve also had a couple of injuries with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Joe Gomez, which is a huge blow for them personally and disappointing for us.’

Elsewhere, Fabian Delph was named in the squad in place of Wilshere following his role in Manchester City’s title-winning campaign.

Manchester United’s Ashley Young and Danny Rose of Tottenham are England’s recognised left backs, which means Southampton’s Ryan Bertrand is placed on the standby list.

Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who spent the season on loan at Crystal Palace, also gains a place in the squad.

Tom Heaton, James Tarkowski, Lewis Cook, Jake Livemore and Adam Lallana have all been formally put on standby.

An attacking quartet of Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy, Marcus Rashford and Welbeck will make up England’s offensive options at Russia.

They kick off their campaign against Tunisia on June 18 before subsequent group games against Panama and Belgium.


  1. tophatal ........... · May 31, 2018

    To say I’m unimpressed would be an understatement , but then again I am not expecting anything special at all from this team during the
    World Cup
    . If they make it out of the
    Group Round
    of the tournament , then that will come as a really big surprise.


    • Bobby Gee · May 31, 2018

      I think they can make it to the round of sixteen


      • tophatal ........... · June 1, 2018

        No way . Too much inexperience and lack of veteran leadership. Which player on that squad do you believe is good enough to carry England on his shoulders. Not one of those players can be considered world-class.

        Tophatal …


      • Bobby Gee · June 1, 2018

        I think it will be a team effort. we will see


      • tophatal ........... · June 1, 2018

        They’re just not good enough. Gareth Southgate and the coaching staff might be accredited but this is the biggest stage for international soccer. The World Cup is not some second tier event where they can carry out experiments to see what works and what doesn’t.

        Tophatal ….


      • Bobby Gee · June 1, 2018

        It is not. Let’s see how it plays out. It is time for the younger guys to get their big boy pants and play. I think it will be okay.


      • tophatal ........... · June 1, 2018

        The majority of the players on the squad have less than twenty five international caps. That sort of inexperience is not an advantage but a disadvantage.


      • Bobby Gee · June 1, 2018

        It can be yet anything can happen. these players can go for it. Play balls to the wall futebol..


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