Gareth Southgate names England squad for World Cup in Russian Federation

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Now he's preparing to mark Cristiano Ronaldo in next week's Champions League final and is the emblematic figure of a youthful and boldly assembled England squad heading to the World Cup in Russian Federation.

Southgate has left goalkeeper Joe Hart and Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere behind.

Trent Alexander-Arnold is 19, still lives with his mother, and was playing in Liverpool's reserve team this time previous year.

Alexander-Arnold has all that, and more.

Alexander-Arnold has impressed at full-back for Liverpool this season and is expected to start their Champions League final meeting with Real Madrid next weekend.

"If it was me picking the squad, I perhaps would have had Shelvey, just to add something a little different", Shearer said on BBC 5 live. I said, "no" and he said, "Have you got anything planned around the time of the World Cup?'". I was like, "No, no holidays or anything...". It's probably capped off a really good season for me.

"You've got to sympathise with the lads who have been around the squad". It was a really proud moment.

The squad averages just over 19 caps per player, with the total number of 449 more than 200 fewer than Roy Hodgson's squad - who failed to get out of the group stage - at the 2014 World Cup.

Gary Cahill was left out of Southgate's previous squad, but his seven appearances at major global tournaments provides much-needed experience.

He said: "I found out when the squad was announced on Teletext, that's how old I am. 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 Russian Federation".

"We're trying to change the style of play, we have our young players developing with better technical ability with the ball".

Alexander-Arnold has a wonderful, naive, wide-eyed expression when he is walking around Anfield after matches, as though he can't quite believe this is all happening. When we pick young players it's because their performances deserve it.

Injuries meant their Reds teammates Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Joe Gomez were unavailable for selection.

However, he has fallen behind Jordan Pickford, Jack Butland and Nick Pope after making errors and losing his place during a loan spell at West Ham from Manchester City.

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