Southgate selects youthful England squad

- ASSOCIATED PRESS, LONDON

May 17, 2018-

England omitted Joe Hart and Jack Wilshere from their World Cup squad on Wednesday and called up Trent Alexander-Arnold to cap a remarkable breakthrough season for the 19-year-old right back.

England coach Gareth Southgate stuck to his principles and selected a young, energetic and flexible group of 23 players who can fit a variety of formations but will be short of experience at major tournaments. Hart was England’s first-choice goalkeeper at the last World Cup and the two most recent European Championships, and was Southgate’s No 1 only five months ago.

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. Wilshere last played for England in one of the country’s most humiliating matches, the 2-1 loss to Iceland in the last 16 of Euro 2016, and has had another injury-filled season at Arsenal.

Southgate will instead rely on Jordan Henderson, Eric Dier, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Jesse Lingard, and Fabian Delph as his central midfield options. Delph played mostly as a left back this season for Man City, the Premier League champion. Alexander-Arnold made his senior debut for Liverpool only 17 months ago. Now, he is preparing to mark Cristiano Ronaldo in next week’s Champions League final against Real Madrid and will then head to the World Cup in Russia. The teenager is uncapped, although he was invited to train with England in March.

Sweden announce team

STOCKHOLM: Sweden coach Janne Andersson named a 23-man World Cup squad on Tuesday that dashed the faint hopes of fans expecting to see Zlatan Ibrahimovic feature at Russia 2018. Sweden beat Italy in the World Cup playoffs last November, sparking speculation that former Juventus, AC Milan, Barcelona and Manchester United striker Ibrahimovic would come out of international retirement. Two weeks ago the 6ft 4ins striker, who quit the national squad in 2016 and is now playing for Los Angeles Galaxy in Major Soccer League, said he would not change his mind on the matter. (AFP)

wcup squads

England

Goalkeepers: Jack Butland, Jordan Pickford, Nick Pope; Defenders: John Stones, Harry Maguire, Phil Jones, Kyle Walker, Kieran Trippier, Gary Cahill, Ashley Young, Danny Rose, Trent Alexander-Arnold; Midfielders: Eric Dier, Jordan Henderson, Dele Alli, Jesse Lingard, Raheem Sterling, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Fabian Delph;

Forwards: Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy, Marcus Rashford, Danny Welbeck

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Sweden

Goalkeepers: Robin Olsen, Kristoffer Nordfeldt, Karl-Johan Johnsson; Defenders: Andreas Granqvist, Victor Nilsson Lindelof, Mikael Lustig, Ludwig Augustinsson, Pontus Jansson, Emil Krafth, Filip Helander, Martin Olsson; Midfielders: Sebastian Larsson, Gustav Svensson, Albin Ekdal, Emil Forsberg, Viktor Claesson, Jimmy Durmaz, Marcus Rohden, Oscar Hiljemark; Forwards: Marcus Berg, John Guidetti, Isaac Kiese-Thelin, Ola Toivonen

Published: 17-05-2018 08:27

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