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Gareth Southgate’s very likely 23-man England squad for the World Cup

England World Cup squad announced today!

With less than 30 days to go until the World Cup, the excitement is building.

Over this past few days, plenty of big countries have named their preliminary squads.

It was Brazil’s turn on Monday and world champions Germany announced theirs on Tuesday.

Today it is the turn of England and Gareth Southgate’s first ever World Cup squad.

It is not entirely clear when the England World Cup squad will be confirmed, it is expected at 1pm UK time on Wednesday.

According to press reports, Southgate simply name a 23-man squad, with players on standby.

The England manager could have submitted a list of up to 30 names to FIFA on Monday.

Harry Kane celebrates goal v Slovenia

LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 05: Harry Kane of England (L) celebrates as he scores their first goal during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Group F Qualifier between England and Slovenia at Wembley Stadium on October 5, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Gareth Southgate’s very likely England squad

Judging by press reports today, this is very likely to be the England squad announced today:

Golakeepers: Jordan Pickford, Jack Butland & Nick Pope.

Defenders: Phil Jones, Harry Maguire, John Stones, Kyle Walker, Kieran Trippier, Ashley Young, Danny Rose, Gary Cahill.

Midfielders: Jordan Henderson, Eric Dier, Dele Alli, Fabian Delph, Raheem Sterling, Ruben Loftus Cheek, Jesse Lingard, Adam Lallana.

Forwards: Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Jamie Vardy & Danny Welbeck.

BRIGHTON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 02: Trent Alexander-Arnold of Liverpool in action during the Premier League match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Liverpool at Amex Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Brighton, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Who is on standby for England?

If The Times are to be believed, and their reporting usually is, there will be a fair few players on standby.

These include James Tarkowski, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Jake Livermore.

For TAA, preparing for a Champions League final, the Liverpool right back is reportedly being considered as an either/or with Cahill.

Forget Jack Wilshere & Joe Hart, there should have been more youngsters!

If this is the England squad for the World Cup, then the hype surrounding Joe Hart and Jack Wilshere is misplaced.

Sure, Hart and Wilshere are big names but their exclusion is not a huge surprise considering form and fitness respectively.

We would argue that Southgate should have invested even more in youth. The likes of Jadon Sancho, Ryan Sessegnon and Ademola Lookman are potential stars of the future and could have made an impact in Russia.

Related: Has Southgate gotten it wrong? Reaction to Jack Wilshere’s omission from the England squad.

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