England manager Gareth Southgate has included one or two surprise names in his 23-man squad for the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia.
The biggest shock is probably the inclusion of Liverpool’s teenage right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold, who has enjoyed a brilliant breakthrough season with Jurgen Klopp’s side.
Man City’s versatile star Fabian Delph is also included, despite being yet to feature in a squad under Southgate.
Tottenham defender Danny Rose and Manchester United wing-back Ashley Young are also included, alongside Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
There were, however, no places for Joe Hart, Adam Lallana and Jack Wilshere.
Explaining his 23-man selection, Southgate said: “I believe this is an England squad we can feel excited about. I have a mix of youth and experience and I feel the balance of the squad is good, in terms of its character and in terms of its positional balance.
“We have a lot of energy and athleticism in the team, but players that are equally comfortable in possession of the ball.
“The style of play we’ve been looking to develop has been over months, not just the last few weeks.
“The team are improving – we want to continue that momentum in our friendlies and into the World Cup.”
England announced their 23-man squad with the video, below:
— England (@England) May 16, 2018
England squad to travel to Russia for 2018 World Cup:
Butland (Stoke), Pickford (Everton), Pope (Burnley)
Jones (Man Utd), Cahill (Chelsea), Walker (Man City), Trippier (Tottenham), Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Rose (Tottenham), Young (Man Utd), Stones (Man City), Maguire (Leicester)
Dier (Tottenham), Henderson (Liverpool), Delph (Man City), Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea), Lingard (Man Utd), Alli (Tottenham)
Kane (Tottenham), Rashford (Man Utd), Vardy (Leicester), Sterling (Man City), Welbeck (Arsenal).
Tom Heaton, James Tarkowski, Lewis Cook, Jake Livermore and Adam Lallana have been placed on England’s five-man standby list.