Southgate names Three Lions 23 man World Cup squad.
Gareth Southgate the Three Lions of England coach has named his 23 man squad for the World Cup in Russia.
Notable absentees are 4 time Premier League golden glove winner, Joe Hart, Jack Wilshere, Smalling and Shelvey.
Cahill, Loftus-Cheek and Welbeck make the 23-man squad while Lallana is on standby.
There’s no “wildcard” in there at all, with Sessegnon and Sancho both omitted and no sign of Leon Bailey.
The other four players on standby are Tom Heaton, James Tarkowski, Jake Livermore and Adam Lallana
Goalkeepers: Butland, Pickford, Pope
Defenders: Walker, Trippier, Alexander-Arnold, Stones, Cahill, Jones, Maguire, Young, Rose
Midfielders: Dier, Delph, Henderson, Loftus-Cheek, Lingard, Alli, Sterling
Forwards: Kane, Rashford, Vardy, Welbeck
Harry Kane is largely expected to lead England’s attack in Russia as the Tottenham Star scored close to 40 goals in all competitions netting 30 in the Premier League alone.
Jamie Vardy scored 20 goals for Leicester City in the Premier League alone while Raheem Sterling has his best season yet as a professional footballer with Manchester City scoring over 20 goals and contributing over 10 assists.
Southgate explained Joe Hart and Betrand’s omission from the shortlist.
“Ryan and Joe have played a lot over the last two years so they’re not decisions we took lightly. I could’ve had easier conversations by keeping them involved”.
“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? Or give the three guys who have basically had a better season a chance? We felt the players all needed to be in on merit after their performances this season”
“Ryan is also very unfortunate in that it’s probably one of the strongest positions we have. Ryan has had a decent season but I just felt the others were ahead of him”
“Both calls were really tough. They’re both good guys and have contributed a lot throughout qualification, so it wasn’t an enjoyable part of the job and I feel it’s important to acknowledge their contribution in getting us to Russia.”- Southgate