Big names absent as Gareth Southgate names 23-man England squad

Big names absent as Gareth Southgate names 23-man England squad

While this is not his first major tournament for the Three Lions (he was also a member of their Euro 2016 squad), the World Cup is the ultimate prize in the footballing pantheon, and this is the youngster's first experience of the biggest stage in world football.

Uncapped Trent Alexander-Arnold is celebrating a maiden England call-up but Adam Lallana, Joe Hart and Jack Wilshere miss out. While the Liverpool attacking midfielder has not started an EPL match since New Year's Day, he is a favourite of Southgate.

While Lallana is a notable omission, Liverpool team-mate Alexander-Arnold is the most striking inclusion.

The uncapped 19-year-old has been called up by Gareth Southgate ahead of the tournament in Russian Federation.

"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.

"We're trying to change the style of play, we have our young players developing with better technical ability with the ball".

Liverpool v Brighton and Hove Albion – Premier League – Anfield
Liverpool’s Trent Alexander Arnold is part of a young England squad

Ex-Arsenal and England defender Dixon, who earned 22 global caps between 1990 and 1999, is concerned that England are lacking the players to cut opponents open in Eastern Europe.

"I would say this is an experience, take total pressure off them, say, "It is all about experience, we are not going to do particularly well, we are not going to win this World Cup". Rashford wrote on Instagram: "After years of you standing on the touchline in the cold and rain, Mum we're off to the World Cup!".

After impressing on loan at Crystal Palace, Chelsea midfielder Loftus-Cheek, 22, is included having played two times for England's senior side - both of those appearances coming under Southgate. We have got some great young players.

As for goalkeepers, Jack Butland of recently relegated Stoke City will fight for the gloves with Everton stopper Jordan Pickford and Burnley's Nick Pope.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek caught the eye on his global debut against Germany in November and could emerge as a midfield force in Russian Federation, while the versatile Fabian Delph has proved a class act for Manchester City this season.

England start their Group G campaign against Tunisia on 18 June, before games against Panama and Belgium.

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