Gareth Southgate announces shocking England squad with big names missing out on a trip to Russia
With the FIFA World Cup 2018 just a few days away, the heavyweights have already started announcing their 23-man squads. After Brazil announced their squad a few days ago, today, England manager Gareth Southgate named his picks for the upcoming mega event.
There were some surprises in the 23-man squad the former England international chose for his nation as Joe Hart and Jack Wilshere missed out on a trip to Russia. In the surprise call-ups the first name which needs to be discussed about is Trent Alexander-Arnold who has had a tremendous season with Premier League giants Liverpool.
Also Ruben Loftus Cheek who impressed on loan to Crystal Palace from Chelsea earned his place in the midfield while Adam Lallana was not named in the squad that is set to represent the nation in a month’s time. Uncapped Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope got the nod ahead of Joe Hart which shocked many of the fans who were hoping to see the latter in the squad.
There will be some fingers raised at Southgate for selecting Danny Welbeck, who has just scored 5 times this season in 28 league appearances, ahead of the likes of Wayne Rooney and Theo Walcott. However, England will me mostly counting on Tottenham duo Dele Alli and Harry Kane who have been in fine form for Spurs.
As far as the defence is concerned Chelsea captain Gary Cahill has been called back into the team mostly due to his experience and one of Premier League’s finest left-backs, Ryan Bertrand, failed to make it to the squad.
Here’s the full squad:
Goalkeepers: Butland (Stoke), Pickford (Everton), Pope (Burnley)
Defenders: Jones (Man Utd), Cahill (Chelsea), Walker (Man City), Trippier (Tottenham), Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Rose (Tottenham), Young (Man Utd), Stones (Man City), Maguire (Leicester)
Midfielders: Dier (Tottenham), Henderson (Liverpool), Delph (Man City), Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea), Lingard (Man Utd), Alli (Tottenham)
Forwards: Kane (Tottenham), Rashford (Man Utd), Vardy (Leicester), Sterling (Man City), Welbeck (Arsenal).
Stand-by list: Heaton (Burnley), Tarkowski (Burnley), L Cook (Bournemouth), Livermore (West Brom), Lallana (Liverpool).