Alexander-Arnold makes England World Cup squad; Hart and Wilshere miss out

Joe Hart furious with David Moyes after England World Cup snub

Joe Hart furious with David Moyes after England World Cup snub

On Wednesday, Gareth Southgate picked his 23-man squad for the upcoming FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russian Federation with one of the most youngish squads England has ever sent to a major tournament.

However, he has fallen behind Jordan Pickford, Jack Butland and Nick Pope after making errors and losing his place during a loan spell at West Ham from Manchester City. His last appearance for his country was the Euro 2016 last-16 defeat by Iceland.

Manchester's City's goalkeeper Joe Hart reacts after their Champions League soccer match against CSKA Moscow at the Etihad stadium in Manchester, northern England November 5, 2014.

The Liverpool defender found himself called up to the national side as Gareth Southgate announced his 23-man squad for the finals on Wednesday.

Southgate had said that his squad for Russian Federation would not contain any surprises, but according to the Goal Pressure Index, presented by Sure and powered by Opta, a few rather left-field names should have found themselves on the plane to Russian Federation.

Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek gets the nod ahead of the likes of Jack Wilshere and in-form Jonjo Shelvey.

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A youngster in Sheffield stood above graffiti of Jamie Vardy's name whilst Trent Alexander-Arnold's selection was presented on a phone.

Not only is he set to start the Champions League final against Real Madrid later this month, he is now heading to Russian Federation despite having never appeared in any of Gareth Southgate's previous squads.

He joins Tom Heaton, James Tarkowski, Lewis Cook and Adam Lallana in being placed on the back-up list. "When we pick young players, it's not just because they are young, it's because their performances deserve it", Southgate said. "But it doesn't mean anything, really, because we have to keep improving as a team", Southgate told ESPN when asked what he would see as a successful World Cup.

England begin their Group G campaign against Tunisia in Volgograd on June 18th, before games against Panama and Belgium.

But he has only played in one of the past five games under Southgate.

Southgate named his 23-man squad on Wednesday and chose to omit Wilshere, who was also left off the five-man standby list for the upcoming tournament in Russian Federation.

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