Teenage Liverpool star headlines England's youthful 23-man World Cup squad

  • Teenage Liverpool star headlines England's youthful 23-man World Cup squad

Teenage Liverpool star headlines England's youthful 23-man World Cup squad

The balance of the squad is good, both in terms of experience, character and the positional balance.

Without any of them, England's squad does look short of a player capable of unpicking a sturdy lock but perhaps Ruben Loftus-Cheek will be the man entrusted to provide some creativity.

Chelsea's out-on-loan midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek, 22, was also given a seat on the plane to Russian Federation after impressing for Crystal Palace this season.

Former 53-cap midfielder Hoddle, who also managed England at the 1998 World Cup, added: "I would agree".

And Southgate's chosen 23 have been reacting to the news on social media, with Kyle Walker, Marcus Rashford and the uncapped Trent Alexander-Arnold among those taking to Twitter.

Hart has been England's No.1 during their past three major tournaments and remained first choice during qualification despite being loaned out by Manchester City to Torino and West Ham over the previous two seasons.

"I was faced with the decision, do I keep Joe in and have experience around the group or give the three who have had better seasons a chance", Southgate said.

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

This season alone, Harry Maguire played 45 matches across all competitions, and became part of a small group of players to have played every minute of every game, across an entire Premier League season.

Players selected for Southgate's squad will link up next week, although Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool players will be given extra time off due to commitments in other competitions.

Gareth Southgate decided against taking Arsenal's Jack Wilshere to Russian Federation this summer, due to concerns over the midfielder's fitness and ability to fit into the high-pressing philosophy, according to a report from The Times.

The identity of England's captain and first-choice goalkeeper in Russian Federation are also sure to come up when Southgate speaks to the media. But these the most talented players in Europe at this moment.

The usual suspects were included in attack and between the sticks, but Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope's score of 71.3, nearly 12 points better than the perceived number one Jordan Pickford (59.7), certainly provides food for thought.

England play friendlies against Nigeria and Costa Rica on June 2 and June 7 before leaving for Russian Federation five days later.