Young Lions head to Russian Federation for England

Chris Smalling and Gary Cahill

Chris Smalling and Gary Cahill

Alexander-Arnold, who has impressed in Liverpool's run to the Champions League final, was characteristic of a youthful England squad which includes only five players from the Three Lions' last trip to a World Cup.

Trent Alexander-Arnold celebrated a maiden senior call-up as experienced Adam Lallana, Joe Hart and Jack Wilshere reeled from the disappointment of missing out on the squad.

A year ago, Gary Cahill was lifting the Premier League trophy and considered a near-certain starter for England.

While Lallana is a notable omission, Liverpool team-mate Alexander-Arnold is the most striking inclusion.

Liverpool right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold was a surprise selection.

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

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

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Asked about Wednesday's squad announcement, Alan Shearer says that he would have picked Shelvey "just to add something a little different", which I think was the consensus amongst many neutrals also, as well as Newcastle fans.

Hart, 31 and with 75 England caps to his name, has one year remaining on his contract at City. Come the next World Cup or even the next European Championships, I think England will be very competitive.

Around the same time, another youngster, 21-year-old Man United striker Marcus Rashford, was thanking his mother in a tweet for "years of you standing on the touch line in the cold and rain". It's a dream come true! I said, "no" and he said, 'Have you got anything planned around the time of the World Cup?'.

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

Meanwhile, England's three keepers for Russian Federation 2018 - Jack Butland, Jordan Pickford and the uncapped Nick Pope - have won just nine caps between them, while midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek has made just two Three Lions appearances.

England will play two matches before travelling to Russian Federation on June 2 against Nigeria at Wembley and on June 7 against Costa Rica at Elland Road.

With Hart's England days now apparently over after being his country's senior keeper for the past three tournaments, Everton's Jordan Pickford is expected to start in goal in England's opening match against Tunisia on June 18.

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