England's World Cup 2018 squad revealed

Hart’s international future bleak after World Cup snub

As expected, Joe Hart and Jack Wilshere were left out as Southgate went for a young squad including the likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold and Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

Playing for Crystal Palace, Ruben Loftus-Cheek managed to catch the eyes of Gareth Southgate with his performances this season.

This is a young and pretty inexperienced squad, but one with plenty of pace and if Gareth Southgate can keep things simple (signs suggest he will) and play to the team's strengths this team could reach the quarter finals and give something for the England supporters to cheer about.

Youngster Trent Alexander-Arnold was one of the surprise inclusions - Dreamt of going to a World Cup since I was a kid.

Pope's selection caps a remarkable rise from obscurity for the former Charlton Athletic shot stopper, who was second choice at Turf Moor prior to his club captain's shoulder injury in September.

"Ryan and Joe have played a lot over the last two years so they're not decisions we took lightly", England head coach Southgate told the Football Association's official website.

Danny Rose who has also had an injury plagued season was given the nod by Southgate and Ruben Loftus-Cheek will also fly England's flag in Russian Federation.

Take a look through the gallery above to see the best reactions from England players after the Three Lions announced their squad for the World Cup. Harry Kane, Sterling, Rashford, Welbeck and Vardy will be competing for spots to lead the English forward line.

I've nearly surprised myself by not picking Eric Dier but I'm looking to be on the front foot in midfield in the opening game and Jordan Henderson can do the holding role with slightly superior distribution.

As for goalkeepers, Jack Butland of recently relegated Stoke City will fight for the gloves with Everton stopper Jordan Pickford and Burnley's Nick Pope. And with Sterling and Jesse Lingard offering a goal threat from midfield, the concerns over Marcus Rashford's form and Danny Welbeck's ability to avoid injury are not quite as worrying. Stoke's Butland is likely to be Southgate's first choice in Russian Federation.

"The selection process has been over months really, it's not just been the last few weeks". We've played Jake in several matches and he's done a job for the team.

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

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