Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Sports | By Toni Houston

England stars react to World Cup squad

England stars react to World Cup squad

Gareth Southgate had displayed his ruthless streak as England manager long before the confirmation of his 23-man World Cup squad and those left out on Wednesday were the latest examples of his determination not to be swayed by reputation.

Both Joe Hart ad Jack Wilshere missed out with the experienced duo replaced by uncapped Liverpool teenager Trent Alexander-Arnold and Chelsea youngster Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

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

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"I believe this is a squad which we can be excited about", he said.

"With Joe, we've got three other goalkeepers who have had very good seasons and the decision I was faced with was do I keep Joe in and have experience around the group?"

For example, Alexander-Arnold, Ashley Young, Fabian Delph and Eric Dier can play in defence and midfield, while the attacking midfielders included also offer a certain fluidity. "We felt the players all needed to be in on merit after their performances this season".

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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.

Before Southgate revealed the players who will carry England's hopes into the tournament, BBC Sport highlighted five key questions he had to resolve.

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.

Chelsea's Ruben Loftus-Cheek has earned selection after season on loan at Crystal Palace, but there is no place for Southampton left-back Ryan Bertrand.

Liverpool teenager Trent Alexander-Arnold has continued a dream breakthrough season with a maiden worldwide call-up ahead of next weekend's Champions League final against Real Madrid. We've played Jake in several matches and he's done a job for the team. His last appearance for his country was the Euro 2016 last-16 defeat by Iceland.

The main star of the England team is the striker Tottenham Harry Kane, who scored 30 goals in last season's Premier League.

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