Gareth Southgate
  • Ignores Wilshere, Smalling, Hart in the Russia-bound team

England coach Gareth Southgate has announced his 23-man final squad for the Russia 2018 World Cup.

Former England centre-back Southgate made the announcement via the official England Twitter handle on Wednesday.
As expected, the likes of Harry Kane, who scored 30 Premier League goals for Tottenham Hotspur this season, Dele Alli, Jamie Vardy, Raheem Sterling, Gary Cahill and Kyle Walker are all included.

However, there is no room for Manchester United defender Chris Smalling, Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere and Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart in the squad.

The surprise inclusion is Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who spent the just ended season on loan at Crystal Palace, and Liverpool youngster Trent Alexander-Arnold.

England will face the Super Eagles of Nigeria in a friendly in London on June 2 before playing Tunisia, Belgium and Panama in the group phase in Russia.
England World Cup Squad

Goalkeepers (3): Jack Butland (Stoke), Jordan Pickford (Everton), Nick Pope (Burnley).

Defenders (9): Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Kyle Walker, John Stones (Manchester City), Harry Maguire (Leicester), Kieran Trippier, Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur), Phil Jones, Ashley Young (Manchester United).

Midfielders (6): Eric Dier, Dele Alli (both Tottenham Hotspur), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Fabian Delph (Manchester City), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea).

Forwards (5): Jamie Vardy (Leicester), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Danny Welbeck (Arsenal) Harry Kane (Tottenham).

Standby: Tom Heaton, James Tarkowski (Burnley), Lewis Cook (Bournemouth), Jake Livermore (West Brom), Adam Lallana (Liverpool)