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Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold in Gareth Southgate's squad

Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold in Gareth Southgate's squad

Alexander-Arnold was the headline pick Wednesday in a 23-man group containing 449 caps, making it the most inexperienced World Cup squad selected by England this century.

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

Despite being drummed out of Manchester City by Pep Guardiola and then being dropped for the majority of this season while on loan at West Ham, it was expected that veteran goalkeeper Joe Hart would be named in Southgate's 23-man squad, most likely as the third choice behind Jordan Pickford and Jack Butland.

Nobody in the squad has won a World Cup match, but Southgate is confident England can make an impact as they dream of winning the tournament for the first time since 1966. "They recognise there's still an opportunity and we've had a lot of conversations over a period of time with them about their situation". Another uncapped player on the plane will be Nick Pope, who was magnificent in front of goal for Burnley this season. We've played Jake in several matches and he's done a job for the team.

"Ryan is also very unfortunate in that it's probably one of the strongest positions we have".

"Just write it off, we haven't realistically got a chance".

"Both calls were really tough".

"It wasn't an enjoyable part of the job and I feel it's important to acknowledge their contribution in getting us to Russian Federation".

Alexander-Arnold's call-up is his first for the England senior team and follows the right-back's breakthrough season at Liverpool.

There is room for Fabian Delph, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Gary Cahill, while Hart and Wilshere both miss out, as was widely reported on Tuesday.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was also omitted from the squad after he suffered a knee ligament injury in the Champions League semi-final victory over Roma.

"I believe this is a squad which we can be excited about", said England coach Gareth Southgate, who stuck to his footballing beliefs and didn't fall into the trap that some of his predecessors have of opting for established names over form players.

"All of the guys on standby have been really professional in their approach to this".


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