Gareth Southgate has announced the England squad that he will be taking to Russia for this summer’s World Cup.
The young Three Lions manager has been bold and has largely remained true to the principles he set out just after his appointment, of giving youth a chance while still acknowledging the need for experience.
Southgate who guided England to top spot in UEFA qualification with an unbeaten record of eight wins and two draws, has a chosen his 23-man squad with the average age of 26.
“I believe this is a squad which we can be excited about,“ Southgate said.
“It is a young group, but with some really important senior players so I feel the balance of the squad is good, both in terms of its experience, its character and also the positional balance.
“We have a lot of energy and athleticism in the team, but players that are equally comfortable in possession of the ball and I think people can see the style of play we’ve been looking to develop.
“The selection process has been over months really, it’s not just been the last few weeks. We feel the team are improving and we want to continue that momentum.
“When we pick young players, it’s not just because they are young, it’s because their performances deserve it.
England Squad in full:
- Goalkeepers: Jack Butland (Stoke City), Jordan Pickford (Everton), Nick Pope (Burnley).
- Defenders: Kyle Walker (Manchester City), Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Ashley Young (Manchester United), Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur), John Stones (Manchester City), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Harry Maguire (Leicester City), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Kieran Trippier (Tottenham Hotspur).
- Midfielders: Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Fabian Delph (Manchester City), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea).
- Forwards: Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Jamie Vardy (Leicester City), Danny Welbeck (Arsenal).
On the stand-by list are Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton and centre-back James Tarkowski, West Brom midfielder Jake Livermore and Liverpool’s Adam Lallana.