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England World Cup squad confirmed: Alexander-Arnold and Loftus-Cheek picked

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England manager Gareth Southgate has called up uncapped Liverpool youngster Trent Alexander-Arnold to his squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Elsewhere, their were few surprises in the final 23-man squad selected for the tournament.

Southgate's commitment to youth was further underlined in the selection of Chelsea's Ruben Loftus-Cheek in midfield who was chosen over the more experienced Jack Wilshere and the in-form Jonjo Shelvey, both of whom miss out.

Burnley's breakout star Nick Pope was also selected ahead of former England No1 Joe Hart as one of three goalkeepers.

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On Southgate's standby list are Burnley's goalkeeper Tom Heaton and defender James Tarkowski, Bournemouth midfielder Lewis Cook, West Brom's Jake Livermore and Liverpool's Adam Lallana.

The lucky 23 — those who don't have FA Cup or Champions League finals to attend — will meet next Monday to begin training preparations.

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Southgate will then have chance to zero in on his starting line-up a fortnight later with friendlies against Nigeria on Saturday 2 June and Costa Rica on Thursday 7 June.

The Three Lions' World Cup kicks-off against Tunisia on June 18 at the Volgograd Arena.

Full squad

Goalkeepers

Pope has been rewarded for an impressive Premier League break-out season with Burnley (Source: Getty)

  • Nick Pope
  • Jack Butland
  • ​Jordan Pickford

Defenders

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Alexander-Arnold has represented England at under-21 level but is yet to make his senior debut (Source: Getty)

  • John Stones
  • Trent Alexander-Arnold
  • Danny Rose
  • Harry Maguire
  • Gary Cahill
  • Ashley Young
  • Phil Jones
  • Kyle Walker
  • Kieran Trippier

Midfielders

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Delph has been called up after demonstrating his versatility for Premier League champions Man City (Source: Getty)

  • Eric Dier
  • ​Jesse Lingard
  • Jordan Henderson
  • Fabian Delph
  • ​Dele Alli
  • ​Ruben Loftus-Cheek

Forwards

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Vardy has an uphill fight to dislodge Harry Kane from England's starting XI (Source: Getty)

  • Raheem Sterling
  • Jamie Vardy
  • ​Danny Welbeck
  • Marcus Rashford
  • Harry Kane

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