England World Cup squad announcement live: Latest updates as Gareth Southgate picks 23 for Russia 2018

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It’s all go today

While Premier League clubs are parting ways with managers all over the shop (well, here and here), buzz is building around the squad that England will take to Russia. 

There has been a fair bit of bemusement about Wilshere’s omission (not least from this journalist), but the decisions to take Cahill and Alexander-Arnold will be widely supported, I reckon. Some experience and some youth: Southgate is pleasing everyone.

Trent Alexander-Arnold of Liverpool is challenged by Victor Moses of Chelsea 

Alexander-Arnold has been a roaring success at Liverpool

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Exclusive: Cahill and Alexander-Arnold are on the plane

Matt Lawreports:

Gary Cahill has been named in Gareth Southgate’s 23-man England World Cup squad that will be officially revealed later today.

And Liverpool teenager Trent Alexander-Arnold has also been called up, despite being uncapped at senior level.

You can read the full story here.

Not long now

Today is the day: England’s squad for the 2018 World Cup will be announced this afternoon. 

Everyone has their own opinion over how the final 23 should look, but the only one that matters is that of Gareth Southgate. Here’s me trying to second guess the England manager:

We think the squad will be named around 2pm, so there’s a little time to wait yet – and plenty of time to discuss Southgate’s options. 

He has already let Wilshere, Hart and Bertrand know that they won’t be going to Russia, which leaves two outfield spots free (presuming Nick Pope goes as third-choice goalkeeper).

Will Ruben Loftus-Cheek sneak in? Will Danny Welbeck go to another major tournament? Is there any chance of a complete curveball in the shape of someone like Ryan Sessegnon or Ademola Lookman?

Let’s see what Southgate decides.

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