Alexander-Arnold makes it in England's young squad

An impressive season with Liverpool has given Trent Alexander-Arnold a place in England's World Cup squad. The 19-year-old belongs to the 23-man squad that Gareth Southgate announced on Wednesday. The English national coach set on the youth - and took no account of names. Alexander Arnold is one of the surprises in Southgate's World Cup squad. The right-back has not yet completed an international match. He drew attention with strong performances for Liverpool - especially in the Champions League. In the Reds, the 19-year-old jumped on the right wing after the long-term failure of international Nathaniel Clyne impressive in the breach and apparently also convinced Southgate, who had brought him to the tests against Holland and Italy in March before the national team.

Southgate: "A squad we can look forward to" At the time central defender Gary Cahill had not been considered, but he has fought back not only at Chelsea but also in the national team. The 32-year-old is the most experienced player in the squad of the "Three Lions" with 58 international matches, which will certainly be among the youngest at the World Cup in Russia. "I think this is a squad we can look forward to, it's a young group, but also with some really important seasoned players, the mix is good," Southgate said Wednesday: "We have a lot of energy and athleticism in the Team, but also players who feel just as good with the ball, I think they've seen the kind of play we want to develop.Get your free VIP surebety predictions.

No room for Hart and Wilshere - Delph and Young with us That Southgate would not pay attention to big names had already hinted on Tuesday when it leaked out that goalkeeper Joe Hart (mostly second-round at West Ham this season) and midfielder Jack Wilshere (after a disappointing season with Arsenal) did not make it into the Had managed. So it was clear: Southgate relies on the performance principle. Meanwhile, midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who was a Chelsea loaner to Crystal Palace and his international debut against Germany, impressed Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope and, surprisingly, Fabian Delph after a strong season at Manchester City.

Five players on call From the fitness of its players, Southgate will get an idea in the preparation. In the event that he still needs to make changes, the national coach named a reserve list of five players on call. Liverpool's Adam Lallana can also be found on that, for whom the time after a long injury break was probably a bit too short. England contests in the World Cup preparation test matches against Nigeria (2 June) and Costa Rica (7 June). At the World Cup in Russia, the English will meet in Group G on Tunisia, Panama and Belgium.