Russian Federation 2018: England release final squad

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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.

Another former England great Gary Lineker, who won the World Cup Golden Boot in 1986, believes Kane will relish the responsibility of spearheading England's campaign in Russian Federation. The balance of the squad is good, both in terms of experience, character and the positional balance.

Former captain Gary Lineker has agreed with Southgate's mentality, saying England should write off the World Cup and use it as a chance to blood youngsters.

"The first call up for Trent Alexander-Arnold is well deserved", Southgate added.

It looks like this most recent injury - one that has kept him away from Liverpool's excellent run to the Champions League final - appears to have been too much for Gareth Southgate to overlook.

When Southgate was appointed, the general assumption was that he would be a run-of-the-mill coach making run-of-the-mill decisions.

Wilshere fought his way back into the Arsenal first team this season after recovering from a leg fracture he sustained during his loan spell at Bournemouth in the 2016-17 campaign. His telepathic relationship with club-mate John Stones - the central man in that system - also offered promise.

But there was a place in the 23-man squad for rookie defender Trent Alexander-Arnold of Liverpool, although his Anfield team-mate Adam Lallana only made the stand-by list.

Wilshere was initially included in Southgate's squad for March's friendlies against the Netherlands and Italy, but was forced to pull out with a knee injury that cost him the opportunity to make his case. "We felt the players all needed to be in on merit after their performances this season". Chris Smalling, who has had a good season for Manchester United, was also overlooked because Southgate wants defenders who are comfortable in possession. He could have a big part to play in Russian Federation. They will train with the squad ahead of the tournament.

"Fair play to Gareth Southgate". But these the most talented players in Europe at this moment.

There will always be footballers who split opinion but none do so quite as much as Danny Welbeck.

Jamie Vardy "can't wait to get going".

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