Few Surprises in Gareth Southgate’s England World Cup Squad

A picture taken on April 25, 2018 in Paris, shows the jersey of the English national football team for the FIFA 2018 World Cup football tournament. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE / AFP) (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)

Gareth Southgate has released the England World Cup squad for 2018. With relatively few surprises, the team offers a few potentially exciting World Cup newcomers.

England World Cup Squad

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

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

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

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

Standby: Tom Heaton, James Tarkowski (Burnley), Lewis Cook (Bournemouth), Jake Livermore (West Brom) and Adam Lallana (Liverpool)

Notable Omissions

The only two names to really jump out as having been omitted from the team are Joe Hart and Jack Wilshere. The pair have been capped many times for country, but have failed to impress Southgate enough to keep their spots.

Jack Wilshere has had his share of injury problems which have hampered his career’s trajectory. Having a relatively healthy season this year for Arsenal and last season whilst on loan, the midfielder was certainly a question mark.

Joe Hart has been a stalwart in the England squad throughout much of his career. But his dip in form over the past few seasons leading to his loan to Torino then return to the Premier League to play for West Ham left an opening for Butland, Pope, and Pickford.

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  1. No surprise in the omission of Hart or Wilshere. Hart has had a poor season, maybe even two and has become a keeper you can’t trust. Wilshere simply isn’t good enough.
    I think Shelvey is extremely unlucky to miss out. Yes his temperament has been called into question at times but the same can be said for Alli. Shelvey looks to get the ball forward and I would have had him ahead of Henderson who goes backward whenever he can.
    Cahill must be on the lucky list. His performances for Chelsea this season have been far from impressive and if he starts I would be concerned.
    I would like to see Kane and Vardy start together as that would cause defences real problems and free up Alli and Sterling to get forward as well as the wing backs who I expect will be Walker and Rose unless Walker is in a back three in which case Trippier will be pushed on.
    I’m not quite sure how Danny Welbeck has been selected! I doubt he will start any games and I can’t see him having any impact.


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