Trent Alexander Arnold was the surprise selection for England's World Cup squad

England omitted Joe Hart and Jack Wilshere from its World Cup squad yesterday and called up Trent Alexander-Arnold to cap a remarkable breakthrough season for the 19-year-old right back.

That Southgate has selected three right-backs (Kieran Trippier and the uncapped Trent Alexander-Arnold are also included) suggests that a back three will be used in Russian Federation and that Walker will be one of them.

As had been widely speculated upon, Southgate decided against selecting City goalkeeper Joe Hart, who has spent the past year on loan at West Ham, or Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere.

Based on the players' age on the first match-day of the tournament, England have named their third youngest World Cup squad behind the 2006 and 1958 editions.

Trent Alexander Arnold has earned rave reviews for his performances with Liverpool this season
GETTYTrent Alexander Arnold has earned rave reviews for his performances with Liverpool this season

"I believe this is a squad which we can be excited about", he said.

John Stones has had a hard season at Manchester City, but Southgate is a confirmed admirer and the 23-year-old is seen as crucial to plans to play three at the back.

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For example, Alexander-Arnold, Ashley Young, Fabian Delph and Eric Dier can play in defence and midfield, while the attacking midfielders included also offer a certain fluidity.


"Maybe there are other players a bit older... but we don't think we could win a World Cup with them in the future and would rather invest time and show belief in young players".

Playing for Crystal Palace, Ruben Loftus-Cheek managed to catch the eyes of Gareth Southgate with his performances this season.

England head to Russian Federation next month hoping to improve on a dismal 2014 campaign in Brazil and an embarrassing performance at Euro 2016.

Rashford furthered his urban legend by scoring twice in his first Premier League start against Arsenal - a game which United won 3-2 despite being heavily undermanned for the fixture.


Liverpool teenager Trent Alexander-Arnold has continued a dream breakthrough season with a maiden worldwide call-up ahead of next weekend's Champions League final against Real Madrid.

Manchester City's Raheem Sterling has matured to the point where he has just had the finest season of his career, winning the Premier League title, so Southgate does have options around Harry Kane.

"The selection process has been over months really, it's not just been the last few weeks".


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