Gareth Southgate lays out bold vision for energetic new England
Be bold. Be brave. Be brutal. Gareth Southgate proved to be all three with the 23-man squad he has selected to represent England at the World Cup in Russia.
The unfortunate Adam Lallana, who has failed to prove his fitness during a frustrating season, is the biggest casualty and can be added to other big names left at home: Joe Hart, Jack Wilshere and Ryan Bertrand. But at least Lallana is on the five-strong stand-by list and may still make it.
It was poignant that the squad was revealed just as the death of Ray Wilson, at the age of 83, was announced. The left-back was the oldest member of Sir Alf Ramseyâs 1966 World Cup-winning team and was diagnosed with Alzheimerâs in 2004. After Bobby Moore and Alan Ball, he is the third player from the team to pass away.
Southgate has followed his instincts and gone for youth by bringing in the uncapped 19-year-old Trent Alexand er-Arnold, who has not officially been in the senior squad before but has trained with them and impressed the manager. He will play for Liverpool in the Champions League final.
Similarly, Southgate has included Fabian Delph, who has not played for his country for three years, as one of four Englishman who have performed so well in Pep Guardiolaâs Premier League winning, record-breaking Manchester City side.Source: Google News