England national team have just confirmed their 23-men-squad for upcoming World Cup 2018 in Russia and some interesting decisions were made by manager, Gareth Southgate, leaving out some big names in the process.
Leaving out big names such as Joe Hart, Jack Wilshere or Wayne Rooney might be considered as a big gamble for many, but not according to Southgate himself who even think of his selection as an act of bravery.
Explaining more about his selection, especially regarding some young players, the tactician simply stated his beliefs that those chosen are simply the best at their position, regardless of age or international caps.
Moreover, the former England international defender also added that being comfortable with the ball also becomes another important reasoning for selection, that’s why he picked the players on his 23-men squad list.
Nevertheless, although admitting that many of his chosen players might not have the experience like what the Brazilian, Spain or Germany squad, but there’s plenty of excitement surrounding current Three Lion players.
Among several surprising call up is also Liverpool’s right back, Trent Alexander-Arnolt, who didn’t have any senior experience before, but somewhat praised in some of his performances with The Reds this season.
Despite still looking inconsistent and shaky at many games, Southgate seems to have strong confident that Alexander-Arnolt deserved to be given the opportunity in current England squad.
Here is England’s 23-men squad list:
Goalkeepers: Jordan Pickford (Everton), Jack Butland (Stoke City), Nick Pope (Burnley)
Defenders: John Stones (Manchester City), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Kyle Walker (Manchester City), Harry Maguire (Leicester City), Kieran Trippier (Tottenham Hotspur), Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur), Ashley Young (Manchester United), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool)
Midfielders: Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Fabian Delph (Manchester City)
Attackers: Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Jamie Vardy (Leicester City), Danny Welbeck (Arsenal), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United)