Alexander-Arnold gets England World Cup call as Hart, Wilshere axed

Alexander-Arnold gets England World Cup call as Hart, Wilshere axed

I said, "no" and he said, "Have you got anything planned around the time of the World Cup?". Born in West Derby, the left-back is yet to make his debut for the Three Lions. Chris Smalling, who has had a good season for Manchester United, was also overlooked because Southgate wants defenders who are comfortable in possession.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek is another bold selection by Southgate, a midfielder who wasn't deemed good enough to play for Chelsea this season but has impressed on loan at Crystal Palace and starred on his global debut against Germany in November.

Players selected for Southgate's squad will link up next week, although Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool players will be given extra time off due to commitments in other competitions.

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The most capped player, with 52 appearances, is Chelsea defender Gary Cahill, at 32 the second oldest member of the squad, who was included despite missing out in recent friendlies, while there was no place for Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana, who has recently returned from a long hamstring injury lay-off.

At the opposite end of the pitch England have exciting options with Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy having scored 50 league goals between them this season while Rashford offers blistering pace and power that can unsettle the best defences.

What's your take on England's World Cup squad?

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The Manchester City full-back could be plying his trade in a back three at the World Cup but it looks as though he missed the call from his national team manager.

Goalkeepers, Butland, Pickford and Pope have combined 9 caps between them. Maguire played a single game for the U21's but the likes of Jack Butland, Harry Kane and Dele Ali to name just a few have been in the England ranks in some form for years and years. But these the most talented players in Europe at this moment.

One could easily come to a conclusion that this squad is fairly inexperienced.

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"Dreamt of going to a World Cup since I was a kid", tweeted Alexander-Arnold, who - to some - is still is a kid.

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