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England reveals final World Cup squad

England announces final 23-man squad for the World Cup

May 16, 2018 By Ali M.
After months of speculation, Southgate has officially chosen 23 players for the plane to Russia.

It is out! England has announced their final 23-man squad for the upcoming tournament. Unlike many other nations, the Three Lions skipped the preliminary team and revealed the final list on Wednesday.

There have been tons of speculation and rumors surrounding a few players and whether they would make the plane to Russia. Only now has Gareth Southgate made their fate official.

Here is everything you need to know.

Coach's objective

To put things simple, all Gareth Southgate has to do is do the fans proud. In recent years, England has suffered humiliation in major competitions – mainly the 2014 World Cup and Euro 2016. While many don't tip the Three Lions to lift the title, reaching the knockout stage should be achieved this time around.

New faces

Trent Alexander-Arnold, the 19-year-old Liverpool defender who has impressed for the club en route to the Champions League final, has made the list. It should be noted that the Reds player has never earned a cap before. Chelsea's Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope also made the list.


Southgate has named a youthful squad for this tournament. Gary Cahill was given a nod and should add experience to the country's defense. However, the man who should be the source of leadership is England captain Jordan Henderson.

Big absences

After months of speculation, Jack Wilshere's omission from the 2018 World Cup has finally been confirmed. Despite impressing on occasions for Arsenal and staying away from injuries more often than not, the manager was not willing to take a risk on the Gunners ace.

Southgate also showed no mercy towards Joe Hart and Chris Smalling, leaving both players at home. The likes of Adam Lallana, Tom Heaton, James Tarkowski, Lewis Cook, and Jake Livermore are all on standby.

Full squad list

Goalkeepers: Jack Butland, Jordan Pickford, Nick Pope

Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Gary Cahill, Kyle Walker, John Stones, Harry Maguire, Kieran Trippier, Danny Rose, Phil Jones, Ashley Young

Midfielders: Eric Dier, Dele Alli, Jesse Lingard, Jordan Henderson, Fabian Delph, Ruben Loftus-Cheek

Forwards: Jamie Vardy, Marcus Rashford, Raheem Sterling, Danny Welbeck, Harry Kane

Standby: Tom Heaton, James Tarkowski, Lewis Cook, Jake Livermore, Adam Lallana

England's group stage matches

Monday, 18 June 2018
+2:00pm Group G
9:00pm local (Volgograd)
Volgograd Arena
Tunisia National TeamTunisia 1 - 2 EnglandTunisia National Team
Sunday, 24 June 2018
+8:00am Group G
3:00pm local (Nizhny Novgorod)
Stadion Nizhny Novgorod
England National TeamEngland 6 - 1 PanamaEngland National Team
Thursday, 28 June 2018
+2:00pm Group G
8:00pm local (Kaliningrad)
Kaliningrad Stadium
England National TeamEngland 0 - 1 BelgiumEngland National Team
Tuesday, 3 July 2018
+2:00pm Round of 16
9:00pm local (Moscow)
Otkrytiye Arena
Colombia National TeamColombia 1 - 1 EnglandColombia National Team
Saturday, 7 July 2018
+10:00am Quarter Final 3
6:00pm local (Samara)
Samara Arena
Sweden National TeamSweden 0 - 2 EnglandSweden National Team
Wednesday, 11 July 2018
+2:00pm Semi-final 2
9:00pm local (Moscow)
Stadion Luzhniki
Croatia National TeamCroatia 2 - 1 EnglandCroatia National Team
Saturday, 14 July 2018
+10:00am Third place match
5:00pm local (Saint Petersburg)
Saint-Petersburg Stadium
Belgium National TeamBelgium 2 - 0 EnglandBelgium National Team



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