England's 2018 World Cup squad announcement: LIVE updates

England's World Cup squad announcement: LIVE updates

16/05/2018 at 19:42Updated 16/05/2018 at 21:35

Gareth Southgate will name his England squad for the 2018 World Cup today - join us for live updates as news gradually leaks out.

  • Southgate expected to name full 23-man squad ahead of deadline, with stand-by list
  • Joe Hart has already learned he will miss Russia finals
  • Jack Wilshere also said to have missed out, with Fabian Delph included
  • The Times reports Jonjo Shelvey misses out, Ashley Young is in, James Tarkowski and Ryan Bertrand on standby
  • Eurosport picks the England World Cup squad

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14:35 - Rashford tweets


14:30 - Superb from Ashley Young

What a tweet!

14:20 - *Missed call*

Nice work from Kyle Walker here...


Just in case you don't want to sit through the FA video...

14:10 - Stand-by details

The stand-by list has been confirmed: Adam Lallana is on there and so has a chance to prove his fitness.

FULL LIST: Tom Heaton, James Tarkowski, Lewis Cook, Jake Livermore and Adam Lallana


No Adam Lallana! Trent Alexander-Arnold named! Gary Cahill back in!

13:50 - Bailey... is this really happening?

I mean, "Humble Lion.🦁", 18 mins ago. Really?


According to Sky Sports News, Bayer Leverkusen's 20-year-old winger Leon Bailey could be set for a stunning call-up to the England squad - completely out of nowhere.

So this would be an interesting one.

13:35 - Young IN, Livermore on standby?

Sky Sports inform us that Manchester United wing-back Ashley Young is in the squad while West Brom midfielder Jake Livermore will be on the standby list.

13:21 - Lallana, Trippier, Welbeck or Delph to be cut?

Looking at the list of names we expect to be in there, it seems as though Southgate will have to drop one more person. Here's how we think things look at present:

  • GK: Pope, Butland, Pickford
  • DF: Alexander-Arnold, Trippier, Walker, Rose, Young, Stones, Maguire, Jones, Cahill
  • MD: Delph, Dier, Henderson, Loftus-Cheek, Lallana, Lingard
  • FW: Kane, Rashford, Vardy, Sterling, Welbeck., Alli

That makes 24 - so who misses out??

13:00 - Final business?

A couple of big developments then and the squad Southgate will pick is really taking shape. Maybe the only unresolved issue now is whether Adam Lallana is fit enough to win a place - and if not, who comes in. Also the identity of the stand-by players will be interesting.

12:25 - CAHILL IN!

Gary Cahill has been bombed out by Gareth Southgate of late but he wins a recall at just the right time, adding some experience to a somewhat raw defence. That's according to the papers at least.


Big news here as multiple reports are emerging that Liverpool's uncapped teenager defender Trent Alexander-Arnold has made Gareth Southgate's squad!

1:35 - Teenage kicks?

If Ryan Sessegnon will not be included and talk of Jadon Sancho and Phil Foden appears to have died down, then the only likely uncapped teenager who could make the squad would be Trent Alexander-Arnold. He trained with the senior team around the March friendlies so is known to Southgate. Gary Lineker would take him as part of a youth project. As he told the Express:

" I would say, ‘This is all about experience, we are not going to do particularly well, we are not going to win this World Cup’. I would play lots of these talented young players. Bring Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Ryan Sessegnon, bring the youngsters and give them that little bit of experience."

11:10 - Saunders unhappy with Hart decision

Former Liverpool forward Dean Saunders says not only would he have Joe Hart in his England squad - he would start him against Tunisia! He explains his thinking below...

10:55 - Sessegnon not included

Any hopes of an exciting call-up for 17-year-old Ryan Sessegnon have just been nixed with David 'Oooooooornstein' Ornstein saying the Fulham wonderkid is not even on standby. A fair decision really.

10:40 - The injured list

Just a quick reminder that Joe Gomez, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Alfie Mawson are all sidelined due to injury so are not in contention today.

10:10 - Wilshere making alternative summer plans

Safe to say Jack Wilshere's absence is confirmed then...

09:50 - Hart blames Moyes for World Cup woe

The fall-out continues from Southgate's decision to drop the goalkeeper who started 9 of England's 10 World Cup qualifiers. There's been no public comment as yet from Joe Hart, but there has been a briefing to the papers that he blames West Ham manager David Moyes for his failure to earn a place in the 23. Moyes left Hart out of the West Ham side as the season wound to a close - but let's be honest, there was a reason for that. If Hart had performed to the expected standard then he wouldn't have found himself in such a difficult spot. Anyway, The Sun reports:

" Hart, 31, blames Moyes, who dropped him from West Ham’s team at the end of the season. On loan from Manchester City, Hart suffered a poor season and was once again dropped after the 4-1 loss to Arsenal on April 22. Spanish keeper Adrian played West Ham’s remaining three games and England coach Southgate has decided to give him the boot."
Joe Hart is said to have been told by England manager Gareth Southgate he is not going to the World Cup. (Andrew Matthews/PA Images)

Joe Hart is said to have been told by England manager Gareth Southgate he is not going to the World Cup. (Andrew Matthews/PA Images)PA Sport

09:15 - Lallana wait continues

" England will continue to monitor Adam Lallana’s fitness, despite his late cameo for Liverpool on the final day of the Premier League season, but are hopeful Kieran Trippier will be fit to join up despite missing Tottenham Hotspur’s last game of the season with a knee complaint. If the right-back is deemed fit, that would most likely leave Trent Alexander-Arnold on the stand‑by list. Yet it is the decision to omit Hart and Wilshere, players whose futures at their current clubs are still to be resolved, which will draw the focus."
Midfielder Adam Lallana will need to answer doubts about his fitness

Midfielder Adam Lallana will need to answer doubts about his fitnessPA Sport

08:50 - A wildcard or not?

The calls to drop Hart and Wilshere are both very bold moves by Southgate, and other managers might not have taken those decisions, but anyone expecting a truly left-field pick today might be disappointed. There has been a bit of talk about whether teenage wonderkids Ryan Sessegnon, Phil Foden or Jadon Sancho might fight their way into the squad but it seems desperately unlikely at this stage. The only uncapped player, other than third-choice keeper Nick Pope, might be Trent Alexander-Arnold.

08:30 - The reasons behind Wilshere axe revealed

Let's delve a little deeper into one of the biggest features of the squad announced today... Jack Wilshere's exclusion may come as something of a surprise given his impressive fight to win back his place at Arsenal and prove his fitness, but writing in The Times, Matt Hughes reveals that his failure to play in the March friendlies against Netherlands and Italy was key to Southgate's decision. And he includes one intriguing detail...

" Gareth Southgate decided to leave Jack Wilshere out of the World Cup squad after being unimpressed by his fitness levels during training before England’s friendlies with Holland and Italy in March. The Arsenal midfield player returned to his club the day before the win over Holland because the manager was concerned that he was not fit enough to implement the high-energy pressing game that he wants to instil in a largely young and dynamic squad. Wilshere is understood to have struggled to keep pace with some of Southgate’s training sessions, the legacy of a career that has been badly disrupted by injury. When the 26-year-old left the squad as England boarded a plane to Amsterdam, it was explained at the time as being due to a tendon problem in his knee but there were also broader worries about his fitness."
Jack Wilshere of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Watford

Jack Wilshere of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and WatfordGetty Images


07:51 - Bertrand to get axe

" Ryan Bertrand’s expected omission is a slight surprise but Danny Rose has apparently proved his fitness and Ashley Young is selected ahead of the Southampton defender at left wing-back. Southgate watched Rose play for Tottenham Hotspur in their 5-4 win over Leicester City last Sunday while his assistant, Steve Holland, saw Bertrand’s Saints take on City. Young’s versatility – he can also play on the right – may end Trent Alexander-Arnold’s chances, with Tottenham’s Kieran Trippier expected to be included despite suffering an injury scare last week."

07:45 - Times: Loftus-Cheek in, Shelvey out

First we check in with the Times, who have some tantalising bits via the combined forces of Paul Joyce, Matt Hughes and Paul Hirst. With Jack Wilshere missing out, the paper says Fabian Delph and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are both in the midfield ranks, with Jonjo Shelvey missing out despite a storming end to the season with Newcastle. Two players who are going to the wire appear to be Chelsea centre-back Gary Cahill and Liverpool's magnificent young defender Trent Alexander-Arnold. The paper reports:

" England could boast a pool of talent that has just 14 appearances at a World Cup between them, a statistic in sharp contrast to that of Germany, whose provisional 27-man squad have amassed 86 appearances at South Africa in 2010 and then when lifting the trophy in Brazil in 2014. Southgate, who was last night considering a recall for the Chelsea defender Gary Cahill or calling up Trent Alexander-Arnold, of Liverpool, names his travelling party this afternoon."

07:30 - It's decision day