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Few Surprises in Gareth Southgate's England World Cup Squad

Few Surprises in Gareth Southgate's England World Cup Squad

Gareth Southgate named the squad he will be taking to Russian Federation for the major tournament this afternoon.

But 19-year-old Liverpool right-back Alexander-Arnold will be on the flight to Russian Federation as Southgate has opted for a youthful selection in what he hopes will prove a bold new era for the under-achieving national team.

The other uncapped squad member is Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope, having been selected ahead of 75-cap Hart to take the third spot behind Jordan Pickford and Jack Butland.

Southgate has left goalkeeper Joe Hart and Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere behind.

"Maybe this picture said I was gonna live my dream and go to a World Cup. dreams do come true", - Manchester United defender Ashley Young wrote alongside a photo of him in an England kit as a child.

"Ryan and Joe have played a lot over the last two years so they're not decisions we took lightly", Southgate said.

The English squad is dominated by players from the Premier League's top three - Tottenham (5), Manchester City (4), Manchester United (4).

England's World Cup squad is bright and energetic, albeit one of relative inexperience with a total of only 442 caps, and 11 of the 23 having made fewer than 20 global appearances.

"The first call up for Trent Alexander-Arnold is well deserved".

Few Surprises in Gareth Southgate's England World Cup Squad

Former England captain Gary Cahill, who has struggled for game time at Chelsea this season, will be going to Russian Federation despite being left out of Southgate's previous squad for the games against the Netherlands and Italy.

Gareth Southgate's men will face Belgium, Tunisia and Panama in the group stages before an inevitable second round defeat to Colombia.

Pope has yet to win his first England cap, but this is a shrewd selection, not only with an eye to the future but also based on form this season.

England head to Russian Federation next month hoping to improve on a dismal 2014 campaign in Brazil and an embarrassing performance at Euro 2016.

"We're trying to change the style of play - we have our young players developing with better technical ability with the ball".

Chelsea's young midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek has earned selection after an impressive season on loan at Crystal Palace. Lallana's injury-ravaged season has cost him, with England also denied the services of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain following the knee injury he sustained last month.

Manchester City's Raheem Sterling has matured to the point where he has just had the finest season of his career, winning the Premier League title, so Southgate does have options around Harry Kane.

There can be no escaping the fact that this squad is largely unproven at worldwide level, with the shadow of Euro 2016 and the defeat against Iceland still hanging over the team at a major tournament.

The squad will meet up on Monday at St. George's Park although players from FA Cup finalists Manchester United and Chelsea, and Champions League finalists Liverpool will not be present.

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