Gareth Southgate has said that there is still a chance England’s standby stars will be handed the chance to impress at the 2018 World Cup.
On Wednesday Southgate announced his 23-man squad for the finals in Russia, picking a collection of youthful players including Trent Alexander-Arnold and Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
He meanwhile placed Tom Heaton, James Tarkowski, Lewis Cook, Jake Livemore and Adam Lallana on standby – but said that the group should not feel disheartened as there is still a good chance at least one will be promoted ahead of the tournament.
“History tells us that one of those standby players may end up in the squad, as it’s very unusual for us to get through the end of the season and our two preparation games without any issues," said Southgate.
“All of the guys on standby have been really professional in their approach to this. They recognise there’s still an opportunity and we’ve had a lot of conversations over a period of time with them about their situation.”
England World Cup squad:
Goalkeepers: Jordan Pickford (Everton), Jack Butland (Stoke), Nick Pope (Burnley)
Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Kieran Trippier, Danny Rose (all Tottenham), Harry Maguire (Leicester), Phil Jones (Man Utd), Kyle Walker and John Stones (Man City), Gary Cahill (Chelsea)
Midfielders: 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)
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