England picks Alexander-Arnold, omits Hart for World Cup


Widespread reports on Tuesday revealed that Gareth Southgate had made a decision to leave West Ham goalkeeper Hart and Arsenal midfielder Wilshere at home, and there is indeed no place for either despite the pair having amassed more than 100 caps between them.

Hodgson named him in the global squad in mid-May, capping off a dream debut season for the rookie striker, who was aged just 18 at the time.

"We're trying to change the style of play, we have our young players developing with better technical ability with the ball".

Alexander-Arnold, uncapped by England's senior side, was a surprise inclusion in Gareth Southgate's group for the forthcoming tournament in Russian Federation.

An impressive performer in the Reds' run to the Champions League final, the 19-year-old briefly trained with Southgate's side in March.

Lean, strong in the tackle and athletic, Alexander-Arnold is the archetypal modern-day full back - attacking, energetic, and with a good delivery.

A year ago, Gary Cahill was lifting the Premier League trophy and considered a near-certain starter for England.

Ex-Arsenal and England defender Dixon, who earned 22 worldwide caps between 1990 and 1999, is concerned that England are lacking the players to cut opponents open in Eastern Europe.

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Given his excellence over the past two seasons despite playing in an unfamiliar role, selection in England's 2018 World Cup squad was nearly a certainty, and Rashford has provided a mushy moment for Twitterati to hold on to.

Marcus Rashford dreams to feature at the World Cup came through on Wednesday and the English man took to social media to pay tribute to his mother.

'After years of you standing on the touchline in the cold and rain, Mum we're off to the World Cup, ' the tweet read.

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.

However, he has fallen behind Jordan Pickford, Jack Butland and Nick Pope after making errors and losing his place during a loan spell at West Ham from Manchester City.

England will play two matches before travelling to Russian Federation on June 2 against Nigeria at Wembley and on June 7 against Costa Rica at Elland Road.

Everton man Pickford and Stoke City's Butland are expected to battle it out for a start in the opening group game against Tunisia, although Heaton says the race is wide open.