England’s 23-man World Cup squad: Cahill and Alexander-Arnold make cut

England’s 23-man World Cup players revealed: Trent Alexander-Arnold and Gary Cahill will be on the plane but Adam Lallana misses out as Gareth Southgate announces least-experienced squad since 1962

  • England have announced their 23-man squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia
  • Trent Alexander-Arnold has been rewarded for his superb form for Liverpool 
  • Joe Hart is omitted after Gareth Southgate phoned to tell him on Tuesday
  • Jack Wilshere has also been left out but Fabian Delph has been given the nod
  • Ashley Young will go as an option at left back, meaning Ryan Bertrand misses out
  • Adam Lallana will not be on the plane to Russia after injury troubles this year
  • Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Kieran Trippier also have a place in Three Lion’s squad

Gareth Southgate has named England’s least-experienced 23-man World Cup squad since 1962, with the group averaging just 19 caps per player.

Adding some experience is Chelsea defender Gary Cahill, who has 58 caps, while Southgate has opted for both Trent Alexander-Arnold and Kieran Trippier as vibrant right-back options.

Alexander-Arnold has been rewarded for his impressive form both in the Premier League and in Liverpool’s superb Champions League campaign.

It is certainly a nod to the new era, with Southgate including just four players — Jordan Henderson, Raheem Sterling, Danny Welbeck and Cahill — who played in the last World Cup in 2014. Nobody in the squad has won a World Cup match.

England boss Gareth Southgate has named his squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia 

Trent Alexander-Arnold has forced his way in with fine domestic and European form

Chelsea’s Gary Cahill, who hasn’t played for England since October, has been given the nod

Liverpool playmaker Adam Lallana misses out following injury troubles this season



Jordan Pickford (Everton), Jack Butland (Stoke), Nick Pope (Burnley)


John Stones (Manchester City), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Harry Maguire (Leicester), Kyle Walker (Manchester City), Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Ashley Young (Manchester United), Danny Rose (Tottenham), Kieran Trippier (Tottenham)


Eric Dier (Tottenham), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Dele Alli (Tottenham), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Fabian Delph (Manchester City)


Harry Kane (Tottenham), Jamie Vardy (Leicester), Danny Welbeck (Arsenal), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United)

Cahill, who hasn’t played in the last five England matches, has been given the nod despite appearing out of favour in the national setup.

Liverpool’s Adam Lallana has not been included by Southgate following his troubles with hamstring injuries this season. 

But it is a bold and youthful selection from Southgate, who has chosen a squad with an average age of just 26 years old. 

As Sportsmail revealed on Tuesday, Joe Hart had received a phone call from Southgate to tell him he will not be on the plane to Russia, while Jack Wilshere also misses out. 

Wilshere was handed an international recall in March for the games against Holland and Italy, but was forced to withdraw 24 hours before the game in Amsterdam due to a minor knee injury and has not been able to make his way back into the fold.  

Goalkeeper Joe Hart, pictured on England duty in March, will not go to this year’s tournament

Manchester City’s Fabian Delph has been given the nod ahead of Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere

Wilshere had received a phone call from Southgate this week to say he had not made the cut

Ashley Young has been selected as a left back, meaning Ryan Bertrand is on standby


vs Tunisia June 18 (Volgograd Arena)

vs Panama June 24 (Nizhny Novgorod Stadium)

vs Belgium June 28 (Kaliningrad Stadium)

Elsewhere, Fabian Delph was named in the squad in place of Wilshere following his role in Manchester City’s title-winning campaign.

Manchester United’s Ashley Young and Danny Rose of Tottenham are England’s recognised left backs, which means Southampton’s Ryan Bertrand is placed on the standby list.

Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who spent the season on loan at Crystal Palace, also gains a place in the squad. 

Cahill’s inclusion comes at the expense of West Brom’s Jake Livermore, who joins defenders Michael Keane of Everton and James Tarkowski of Burnley in the standby group.

An attacking quartet of Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy, Marcus Rashford and Danny Welbeck will make up England’s offensive options at Russia.

They kick off their campaign against Tunisia on June 18 before subsequent group games against Panama and Belgium. 

Jesse Lingard has been in superb form for Manchester United this term and gets a spot

Tottenham attacking duo Harry Kane and Dele Alli will hope to provide the attacking spark

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