WC 2018: Alexander-Arnold named, Hart, Wilshere miss out for England

WC 2018: Alexander-Arnold named, Hart, Wilshere miss out for England

16 May 2018, 16:03

Uncapped Liverpool full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold has been named in England's World Cup-bound squad.

Joe Hart and Jack Wilshere are the notable absentees but were informed of their omission earlier by head coach  Gareth Southgate earlier. Alexander-Arnold has enjoyed a remarkable breakthrough season with Liverpool who will face Real Madrid in UEFA Champions League finals in Kiev, Ukraine.

An ankle injury to club team-mate Joe Gomez appears to have worked in Alexander-Arnold's favor and he  Tottenham right-back Kieran Trippier but  Manchester City's Kyle Walker now seemingly seen primarily as a right-sided center-back

Burnley's Nick Pope joins Jordan Pickford of Everton and Stoke City's Jack Butland among Southgate's goalkeeping options.

Arsenal playmaker Wilshere largely put persistent injury woes behind him this season to make 38 club appearances in all competitions. However, a knee problem ruled him out of England's March friendlies against Netherlands and Italy and a final chance to impress Southgate.

Delph back into the fold

Manchester City utility man Fabian Delph is set to win his first caps since 2015, having been one of the Premier League champions' surprise success stories of 2017-18, and is an option at left wing-back alongside Ashley Young and Danny Rose - the latter included despite making only 10 Premier League appearances for Tottenham this term.

England will play pre-tournament friendlies against Nigeria and Costa Rica before kicking off their Russia 2018 bid against Tunisia on June 18. Panama and Belgium join them in Group G.

Full England's final 23-man squad: 

Goalkeepers: Jack Butland (Stoke City), Jordan Pickford (Everton), Nick Pope (Burnley);

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

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

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

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