Gareth Southgate has revealed the 23 names he is taking to Russia for the World Cup this afternoon – as well as five on the standby list.
England begin their campaign on Monday June 18 against Tunisia before facing Panama and Belgium in the group stages.
Southgate has selected the 23 men he thinks can take England furthest this afternoon and Express Sport brings you all the headlines and reaction announcement.
England World Cup squad: Gareth Southgate announces his 23-man squad today
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16:25: Harry Maguire has spoken about his pride at being called up to the England World Cup squad.
He tweeted: “2 years ago watching @England in France with my mates. Now on the plane to Russia. How things have changed.”
14.50: Marcus Rashford has tweeted a picture of his mum, saying: “After years of you standing on the touch line in the cold and rain, Mum we’re off to the World Cup!”
The Manchester United star is among the forwards to have been named in the squad.
Harry Maguire was a fan during England’s Euro 2016 campaign
Southgate on Bertrand and Hart
14.45: “Ryan and Joe have played a lot over the last two years so they’re not decisions we took lightly. I could’ve had easier conversations by keeping them involved,” Southgate said.
“With Joe, we’ve got three other goalkeepers who have had very good seasons and the decision I was faced with was do I keep Joe in and have experience around the group? Or give the three guys who have basically had a better season a chance? We felt the players all needed to be in on merit after their performances this season.
“Ryan is also very unfortunate in that it’s probably one of the strongest positions we have. Ryan has had a decent season but I just felt the others were ahead of him.
“Both calls were really tough. They’re both good guys and have contributed a lot throughout qualification, so it wasn’t an enjoyable part of the job and I feel it’s important to acknowledge their contribution in getting us to Russia.”
Kyle Walker misses the call…
14.40: Kyle Walker has tweeted to show that he missed the phone call from Gareth Southgate…
Walker was included in the squad for the World Cup, but he didn’t get a chance to have it confirmed by Southgate in person.
The Manchester City defender could be used in the back three or wide right after another impressive season where he won the title.
Gary Lineker reaction
14.30: Gary Lineker has issued a warning to England fans disappointed with the England squad.
“Remember, it doesn’t matter one jot who you think should have been left out of the squad, or who should be in it,” he said.
“Not one jot. It’s Gareth Southgate’s choice and he knows them all far better than you. Carry on.”
This comes after he advised Southgate to pick the kids…
14.20: Ashley Young has posted an image of him as a child wearing an England shirt with the caption: “Maybe this picture said I was gonna live my dream and go to a World Cup… dreams do come true”
Despite playing 33 times for England Young is yet to go to a World Cup.
But after a resurgence with Manchester United this season he is on the plane for Russia.
14.15: Gareth Southgate speaks after revealing his England squad for the World Cup.
“I believe this is a squad which we can be excited about,“ he said.
“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.
“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.”
14.10: Adam Lallana is on the back up list alongside Tom Heaton, James Tarkowski, Lewis Cook, and Jake Livemore.
No spot for Jack Wilshere or Tom Heaton at all.
Alfie Mawson misses out after undergoing surgery and no spot for Michael Keane.
14.05: So Adam Lallana has missed out with Ruben Loftus-Cheek getting the nod.
Lallana was expected to get a place after the injury to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and with Jack Wilshere out, but the Liverpool man also misses out.
There is space for both Phil Jones and Gary Cahill in defence and Danny Welbeck gets a spot on the plane.
England World Cup squad: Gareth Southgate has announced his England squad for the World Cup
Goalkeepers: Jordan Pickford (Everton), Jack Butland (Stoke), Nick Pope (Burnley)
Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Kyle Walker (Manchester City), Kieran Trippier, Danny Rose (both Tottenham), Harry Maguire (Leicester), Phil Jones (Man Utd), John Stones (Man City), Gary Cahill (Chelsea)
Midfielder: Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Eric Dier, Dele Alli (both Tottenham), Jesse Lingard, Ashley Young (both Man Utd), Fabian Delph (Man City), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea),
Forwards: Raheem Sterling (Man City), Jamie Vardy (Leicester), Harry Kane (Tottenham), Marcus Rashford (Man Utd), Danny Welbeck (Arsenal).
13.55: Will we get a shock in the final 23? We already know Ryan Sessegnon is not among the players selected, but could Jadon Sancho or Ademola Lookman be given the nod.
There is also speculation on Twitter that Leon Bailey may be included, despite having played for Jamaica U21s.
It is unclear whether Bailey would be eligible to play for England because his grandparents have British passports, but were not born in the UK.
Not long now…
Announcement on the way
13.40: Gareth Southgate will name his 23-man squad for the Russia World Cup at 2pm this afternoon.
He has decided to name his squad early and the five men on his standby list despite not being obliged to.
We already know there is no place for Jack Wilshere and Joe Hart, and we know Trent Alexander Arnold, Gary Cahill, Fabian Delph and Ashley Young are in.
The rest we will find out shortly.
Gareth Southgate is naming his World Cup squad at 2pm this afternoon
13.30: Ashley Young has been included in the England squad for Russia.
The Manchester United star can play at full back on either side or on the wing and has impressed this season.
Jake Livermore is on the standby list with the squad set to be confirmed in full at 2pm.
12.30: Gary Cahill has been included by Gareth Southgate.
Cahill’s place was in doubt after falling out of favour at Chelsea but it has now emerged that he is in the group.
Cahill joins Trent Alexander-Arnold in heading to Russia.
12.10: Trent Alexander-Arnold looks to have been included in the England squad.
Southgate is set to name his squad for the World Cup this afternoon and the Liverpool youngster is getting the nod.
He has impressed for Liverpool on their route to the Champions League final and will come up against Cristiano Ronaldo later this month.
Who’s on the plane?
11.30: Free Super Tips have the answers!
Having tracked English player performance data by position across 20 unique performance indicators throughout the entirety of the 2017/18 Premier League season, the algorithm provides an objective analysis on the best picks Gareth Southgate can make to maximise English success in Russia.
And it’s bad news for John Stones, Luke Shaw and Danny Welbeck. The data highlights that due to a lack of playing time and underwhelming performances, they DO NOT deserve a place in the 23 man England squad.
However, it is good news for Swansea’s Tammy Abraham and newly relegated Stoke keeper Jack Butland. The data has them as priority England Squad members who should definitely make the cut.
Free Super Tips 23 man squad
Goalkeepers: Jack Butland, Jordan Pickford, Ben Foster
Defenders: Michael Keane, Chris Smalling, Ashley Young, Kieran Trippier, Phil Jones, Harry Maguire, Gary Cahill
Midfielders: Fabian Delph, Raheem Sterling, Jordan Henderson, Jesse Lingard, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Eric Dier, Jack Wilshere, Dele Alli
Forwards: Harry Kane, Tammy Abraham, Callum Wilson, Jamie Vardy, Marcus Rashford
Marcus Rashford should be among the 23 man World Cup squad
No place for Sessegnon
11.05: Ryan Sessegnon has missed out on a place at the World Cup, according to BBC correspondent David Ornstein.
He tweeted: “No place for Fulham sensation Ryan Sessegnon in 23-man England squad or back-ups that Gareth Southgate names today. Seen as a sensible decision for 17yo left sided player who’s scored 16 goals in 51 appearances this season & could yet help #FFC to PL in Champ play-off final #ENG.”
10.20: Jack Wilshere has tweeted regarding his absence from the England, pretty much confirming he is not going to Russia.
Wilshere has now confirmed that news with a cheeky tweet about making alternative plans for when the World Cup is on.
A Twitter user asked Wilshere: “Oright lad i know you’re not off World Cup so fancy coming Zante with me and the lads let me know sound x”
And the 26-year-old replied with crying laughing emojis, adding: “Let me know the dates and I’m in.”
Lineker says play the kids
09.50: Gary Lineker reckons Southgate should take the kids, because England have got no chance of success in Russia anyway.
“If I was Gareth Southgate I would sell this on youngsters,” he said. “I’d say, ‘This is an experience’. I would totally take the pressure off them.
“I would say, ‘This is all about experience, we are not going to do particularly well, we are not going to win this World Cup’. I would play lots of these talented young players.
“Bring Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Ryan Sessegnon, bring the youngsters and give them that little bit of experience.”
Gary Lineker has urged Gareth Southgate to play the kids in Russia
Southgate going early
09.30: Even though England do not have to declare their final squad until June 4 to satisfy FIFA regulations, Southgate has chosen to go early in order to ensure the group that meet up at St George’s Park next week do not see the pre-tournament friendlies against Nigeria and Costa Rica as a trial but more an opportunity to work together.
Southgate, 47, has spent the last 48 hours contacting those players who he felt duty-bound to tell personally they had missed out after their contribution to the qualifying campaign.
The FA are keeping tight-lipped about the names who will be confirmed later today although news of disappointment was bound to seep out.
Senior players stunned
09.15: Gareth Southgate has left a number of senior England players stunned by overlooking them in favour of the next generation as he unveils his final 23 for Russia today.
Joe Hart is the highest-profile casualty after struggling to nail down a regular place in West Ham’s team while out on loan from Manchester City this season.
Jack Wilshere is understood to have been another senior figure to miss out on Southgate’s squad, even with the withdrawal Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from midfield through injury.
Southgate broke the bad news to Hart in a face-to-face meeting on Monday, with Burnley’s Nick Pope joining Jordan Pickford and Jack Butland in the three goalkeeper berths.
Southgate had always pledged to pick the players who had come up through the ranks of the junior England sides and Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold appears to be the main beneficiary.
The 19-year-old’s impressive role in guiding the Merseyside club to the Champions League final looks to have booked him a late seat as cover for Kieran Trippier, with Kyle Walker’s switch to a centre-back now considered a permanent move in the international set-up after a successful trial in March.
Jack Wilshere has been left out of the England squad
09.00. Hello and welcome to Express Sport’s coverage of the England World Cup squad announcement.
We will be bringing you all the news in the build up to the squad, as well as live reaction.
We already know that Joe Hart and Jack Wilshere have missed out on a place in the 23 and believe they are not going to be included as back up options.
Fabian Delph is in while the three goalkeepers will be Jordan Pickford, Jack Butland and Nick Pope.
Southgate has shown he is not afraid to leave out players who have failed to show their fitness or form over the season.
For the rest, stay with us through the day.