The Ox rebuilt his career after swapping stuttering Arsenal for the Champions League finalists and Gomez is one of the Premier League’s most exciting defenders.
Oxlade-Chamberlain, 24, suffered a serious knee injury after just 15 minutes of the Champions League semi-final first-leg win over Roma.
And 20-year-old Gomez needed ankle surgery following the Three Lions’ friendly with Holland in March.
Southgate told TheFA.com:“I believe this is a squad which we can be excited about.
“It is a young group, but with some really important senior players so I feel the balance of the squad is good, both in terms of its experience, its character and also the positional balance.
England World Cup squad 2018
Jordan Pickford: Age 24, Caps 2
Jack Butland: Age 25, Caps 7
Nick Pope: Age 26, Caps 0
Kyle Walker: Age 24, Caps 34
Trent Alexander-Arnold: Age 19, Caps 0
Kieran Tripper: Age 27, Caps 5
John Stones: Age 23, Caps 24
Harry Maguire: Age 25, Caps 4
Phil Jones: Age 26, Caps 24
Gary Cahill: Age 32, Caps 58
Danny Rose: Age 27, Caps 16
Ashley Young: Age 32, Caps 33
Eric Dier: Age 24, Caps 25
Dele Alli: Age 22, Caps 23
Jordan Henderson: Age 27, Caps 38
Jesse Lingard: Age 25, Caps 10
Ruben Loftus-Cheek: Age 22, Caps 2
Fabian Delph: Age 28, Caps 9
Raheem Sterling: Age 23, Caps 37
Harry Kane: Age 23, Caps 23
Jamie Vardy: Age 31, Caps 21
Marcus Rashford: Age 20, Caps 17
Danny Welbeck: Age 27, Caps 37
“We have a lot of energy and athleticism in the team, but players that are equally comfortable in possession of the ball and I think people can see the style of play we’ve been looking to develop.
“The selection process has been over months really, it’s not just been the last few weeks. We feel the team are improving and we want to continue that momentum.
“The first call up for Trent Alexander-Arnold is well deserved. When we pick young players, it’s not just because they are young, it’s because their performances deserve it.
“We’ve also had a couple of injuries with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Joe Gomez, which is a huge blow for them personally and disappointing for us.”
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