- Gareth Southgate to name his 23-man World Cup squad around 2pm
- Exclusive: Gary Cahill and Trent Alexander-Arnold named in squad
- Jack Wilshere, Joe Hart and Ryan Bertrand expected to miss out
- Who’ll be in your Telegraph Fantasy Football team for the World Cup?
It’s all go today
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.
Exclusive: Cahill and Alexander-Arnold are on the plane
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.