Hart axed as England squad named

Few Surprises in Gareth Southgate's England World Cup Squad

Gareth Southgate announced his 23-man squad for this summer's tournament in Russian Federation yesterday with Hart left out.

Both players will be missing from the England plane to the tournament in Russian Federation next month, but Liverpool right-back Alexander-Arnold will be on the flight as Southgate opted for a youthful selection.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek was rewarded for his fine form and versatile Fabian Delph came in after winning the title at Manchester City, despite last playing for his country in November 2015.

Southgate has opted for Jordan Pickford, Jack Butland and uncapped Burnley star Nick Pope as his three goalkeepers for the tournament.

England start their Group G campaign against Tunisia on 18 June, before games against Panama and Belgium.

He joins Tom Heaton, James Tarkowski, Lewis Cook and Adam Lallana in being placed on the back-up list.

However, in Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Raheem Sterling, Gareth Southgate has three players who could carry this group further than we may imagine. "They're both good guys and have contributed a lot throughout qualification, so it wasn't an enjoyable part of the job and I feel it's important to acknowledge their contribution in getting us to Russian Federation".

He'll be hoping to help England improve upon their shock exit to Iceland in the 2016 European Championships.

Today, Gareth Southgate named Rashford as one of the four strikers he'll bring to Russian Federation in June.

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

Southgate has turned to the next generation in his bid to build a squad that can mount a serious challenge in future major tournaments, with Joe Hart omitted from the squad. Among them is Arsenal's Danny Welbeck, who missed a chunk of the season through injury but was named alongside Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy and Marcus Rashford in the striking department. We've played Jake in several matches and he's done a job for the team.

At just 19 years of age, Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold is one of those bringing the average age down. I said, "no" and he said, "Have you got anything planned around the time of the World Cup?'".

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