Kane leads England's squad for World Cup


The 31-year-old Hart struggled to keep his place at West Ham United this season where he is on loan from Manchester City.

Liverpool's 19-year-old right- back Trent Alexander-Arnold received a surprise call-up for England as manager Gareth Southgate put his faith in youth with his final 23-man squad for next month's World Cup.

But he has included one player that has baffled England fans.

Widespread reports on Tuesday revealed that Gareth Southgate had made a decision to leave West Ham goalkeeper Hart and Arsenal midfielder Wilshere at home, and there is indeed no place for either despite the pair having amassed more than 100 caps between them.

Jack Wilshere is also set to miss out despite an impressive end to the season with Arsenal. Or give the three guys who have basically had a better season a chance?

Gareth Southgate has hinted that England will not win the World Cup this year and he will measure the success of their campaign in Russian Federation by the development of the younger players in his squad.

Lean, strong in the tackle and athletic, Alexander-Arnold is the archetypal modern-day full back - attacking, energetic, and with a good delivery.

The Albion midfielder has seen a recent up-turn in form, despite the club's relegation from the Premier League, scoring in the games against Liverpool and Spurs and earning a Premier League player of the month nomination for April.

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But the most striking inclusion is uncapped teenager Alexander-Arnold.

Gareth Southgate has named a bold World Cup squad focused on promise rather than experience. "Today that dream came true".

While Manchester United striker Rashford appears to have reserved a place for his proud mum on the plane.

Marcus Rashford has some big news: "Mum we're off to the World Cup!".

Chelsea's out-on-loan midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek, 22, was also given a seat on the plane to Russian Federation after impressing for Crystal Palace this season.

But 23 England caps and a European Championship role later, he is heading to the World Cup.

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.

Southgate has made 12 changes to the squad that floundered at Euro 2016, underlining his desire to build a group capable of providing long-term success - even if that means more experienced players missing out.