Southgate names young promising England squad for the World Cup

Southgate names young promising England squad for the World Cup

- Gareth Southgate names his final 23-man squad for the World Cup

- Jack Wilshere fails to the make list despite having a decent season

- England will play Nigeria and Costa Rica before the tournament begins

England coach Gareth Southgate released his 23-man list that will execute their campaign at the World Cup in Russia next month.

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere was left out of the squad having made the 30-man provisional list released a few days ago.

Surprisingly, Liverpool's young defender Trent Alexander-Arnold made the cut while Adam Lallana who has spent most of this season's campaign on the sidelines was kept on standby.

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Danny Rose who has also had an injury plagued season was given the nod by Southgate and Ruben Loftus-Cheek will also fly England's flag in Russia.

Gary Cahill, Fabian Delph and Harry Maguire as well as highly-expected faces such as Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling and Jordan Henderson made the list.

Speaking for the first time since naming the squad, Southgate said: "I believe this is a squad which we can be excited about.

“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 tournament gets under way with Russia vs Saudi Arabia on Thursday, June, 14. England's first match is against Tunisia on Monday June, 18, before group games against Panama and Belgium.

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The Three Lions will play a friendly against the Super Eagles of Nigeria on June,2, at the famous Wembley stadium before taking on Costa Rica on June,7.

Meanwhile, had earlier reported that Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr released a 30-man provisional list for the World Cup in Russia.

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