England World Cup squad: Gareth Southgate would have taken Joe Gomez and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain without injuries

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


Tom Heaton

James Tarkowski

Adam Lallana

Jake Livermore

Lewis Cook

“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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