Euro 2012

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What is it? Real Madrid and Liverpool will compete in the final of the European Cup - for the first time since 1981 - in a mouth-watering match to decide who will be awarded the coveted Champions League trophy. The defending champions and 12-time winners Real are bidding for their third successive title while Liverpool are seeking the sixth in their history. When is it? Saturday, May 26, 2018. Where is it? The 2018 Champions League final will be held at the NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine. It is the home of Dynamo Kiev. The stadium previously hosted the Euro 2012 final and holds a maximum capacity of 63,000 - the second largest in eastern Europe. What time is kick-off? 7.45pm BST. What TV channel is it on? BT Sport 1. But you can also watch the match for free on the BT Sport app or via BTSport.com or follow the game here with Telegraph Sport. Liverpool in Europe: Finals ranked and rated What happened in the semi-finals? In the first semi, Bayern Munich goalkeeper Sven Ulreich committed a huge blunder as holders Real edged into the final. Ulreich missed a backpass to gift a vital second goal to Karim Benzema at the Bernabeu Stadium, and the Frenchman's double in a pulsating 2-2 draw ensured Real progressed 4-3 on aggregate. Bayern had led early through Joshua Kimmich and a strike from James Rodriguez - who is on loan at the German club from Real - set up a tense finish. However, the hosts withstood considerable pressure to keep their bid for a third successive title on track. Just confirming this actually happened and is not a FIFA '18 bugpic.twitter.com/nNsfSDZvm4— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) May 1, 2018 The following night, Liverpool set up a repeat of their 1981 meeting against Real despite a first Champions League defeat of the season at the Stadio Olimpico. A chaotic 4-2 semi-final second leg loss to Roma saw Liverpool progress 7-6 on aggregate, with victory secured thanks to Sadio Mane's 19th of the season and the rare sight of Georginio Wijnaldum's first away goal in almost three years. A fortuitous own goal by James Milner inbetween had put the hosts back in the game, while Edin Dzeko's strike shortly after half-time ensured the Reds endured a testing conclusion and two late goals for Radja Nainngolan - including a penalty with the last kick of the game - came too late for Roma. Roma v Liverpool Can I still get tickets? The window for buying standard tickets is now closed. It ran on Uefa's website from March 15-22. Hospitality tickets are still on sale on Uefa's website, with prices starting from €3,200 per person. How do I get to Kiev? The City has two airports, Zhulyany (8km south-west of the city centre) and Boryspil International (35km east). Public transport includes buses, trolleybuses, trams and an ever-expanding metro system. Blaggers guide to speaking Ukrainian (source Uefa.com) Hello: Привіт – pree-vee'-t How are you?: Як справи? – yak spra'-vee Please: Будь ласка – bood la'-skah Thank you: Дякую – dja-ku'-yu Goodbye: До побачення – doh po-bah'-chen-ya Where is the stadium?: Де знаходиться стадіон? – de zna-kho'-dee-tsja sta-dee-on' Goal: Гол – Ghol Most European Cups What are they saying? Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has said his team will be "on fire" for the final: "We were in a League Cup final and didn't win it. People don't tell me in the street since then: 'Thank you for bringing us to the final'. We were in the Europa League final too. Nobody tells me thank you. "I see no trophies after these games. They don't hang silver medals at Melwood. That's a pity, but that's the game. There's still a job to do. "You cannot be more experienced in this competition than Real Madrid. "I think 80 per cent of their team played all these finals. They are four times in the last five years and still together. They are experienced, we are not, but we will be really on fire." Liverpool vs Real Madrid: Head-to-head Road to the final Zinedine Zidane's side won their first two games but a home draw with Tottenham followed by a loss at Wembley meant they finished second in their group. Despite failing behind to Paris St Germain at the Bernabeu, they won 5-2 on aggregate in the last 16 then overcame an almighty scare against Juventus, advancing thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo's last-gasp penalty despite a 3-1 home loss. A semi-final first leg victory in Munich proved pivotal as a 2-2 draw with Bayern in Spain got them over the line. Liverpool had to come through a qualifying round against Hoffenheim and then drew the opening two games in their group. They also threw away a three-goal lead against Sevilla in a 3-3 draw but thumped both Maribor and Spartak Moscow to finish top of Group E. They beat Porto 5-0 in the first leg of their last-16 tie, won both legs in the all-English clash with Manchester City and then saw off Roma 7-6 on aggregate following a 5-2 first-leg win at Anfield. Who fizzed and who flopped in the Champions League semi-final decider? Star men Real have the current Ballon d'or winner. Liverpool may have the next one. Cristiano Ronaldo is the Champions League's all-time leading scorer - with 120 goals, Real Madrid's all-time top scorer and a four-time winner of the competition. Ronaldo, who turned 33 this year, has scored 42 club goals this season. Yet Mohamed Salah has already exceeded that tally. The former Roma winger has enjoyed an incredible first season at Anfield, becoming just the third player in Liverpool history to score 40-plus goals in a single season and winning a slew of personal accolades. If he can outshine Ronaldo in Kiev, the ultimate individual prize may be next. Managers Zidane and Jurgen Klopp have experienced contrasting fortunes in finals. The former has won both of the Champions League finals he has been involved in as a boss. Meanwhile, Klopp has lost his previous five finals as a manage, including in the Europa League against Sevilla two seasons ago. Jurgen Klopp celebrates with his players Credit: GETTY IMAGES Tactics Real have not been as dominant as previous seasons, when their BBC (Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Ronaldo) strikeforce was in full flow and Luka Modric and Toni Kroos ran the midfield. This team is more pragmatic. Centre-backs Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane and defensive midfielder Casemiro form a strong spine and Zidane can usually rely on Ronaldo for a moment of magic. Klopp's gegenpressing style has been used to devastating effect this year thanks to the relentless front three of Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane. Liverpool will pin their hopes on that trio and their harassing style. History This is a meeting of the two of the most decorated clubs in the competition's history. No team has won more European Cups than Real Madrid's 12. Los Blancos won five in a row between 1956 and 1960 and last year they become the first club to retain the title in the Champions League era. Only Real and AC Milan have won more European Cups than Liverpool. The five-time winners' most recent success came in an astonishing 2005 final against AC Milan, who exacted revenge in the 2007 final. The Reds also beat Real in the 1981 final when Alan Kennedy scored the winner. Goals aplenty made Roma vs Liverpool a semi-final to sing and dance about Salah vs Ronaldo: A comparison Liverpool and Real Madrid will be looking to Mohamed Salah and Cristiano Ronaldo to make the difference for their respective teams on May 26. Here, we look at the numbers behind the two players' astonishing campaigns: Club appearances (all competitions): Salah (Liverpool) 49, Ronaldo (Real Madrid) 41 Club goals (all competitions): Salah 43, Ronaldo 42 Domestic league goals: Salah 31, Ronaldo 24 Domestic league assists: Salah 9, Ronaldo 5 Champions League goals (includes qualifiers): Salah 11, Ronaldo 15 Champions League assists (includes qualifiers): Salah 4, Ronaldo 2 Braces: Salah 7, Ronaldo 11 Hat-tricks: Salah 0, Ronaldo 1 Four goals in a game: Salah 1, Ronaldo 1 Longest scoring streak: Salah 7 games, Ronaldo 12 games Longest run without a goal: Salah 3 games, Ronaldo 3 games *Includes all competitive games except internationals. How Spanish sides have dominated past decade What are the odds? Real Madrid to win 6/5 Draw 11/4 Liverpool to win 2/1 What is our prediction? Real have not been as dominant as previous seasons, although they still managed to see off PSG, Juventus and Bayern Munich en route to the final. If Liverpool are to win, much will depend on their front three of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane and their harassing style. There will be goals aplenty, and this feels like Liverpool's time. Predicted score: Liverpool win 4-3 in extra time. Liverpool's Champions League campaign | In Numbers
Champions League final 2018: What time will Liverpool vs Real Madrid kick-off, what TV channel is it on and what is our prediction?
What is it? Real Madrid and Liverpool will compete in the final of the European Cup - for the first time since 1981 - in a mouth-watering match to decide who will be awarded the coveted Champions League trophy. The defending champions and 12-time winners Real are bidding for their third successive title while Liverpool are seeking the sixth in their history. When is it? Saturday, May 26, 2018. Where is it? The 2018 Champions League final will be held at the NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine. It is the home of Dynamo Kiev. The stadium previously hosted the Euro 2012 final and holds a maximum capacity of 63,000 - the second largest in eastern Europe. What time is kick-off? 7.45pm BST. What TV channel is it on? BT Sport 1. But you can also watch the match for free on the BT Sport app or via BTSport.com or follow the game here with Telegraph Sport. Liverpool in Europe: Finals ranked and rated What happened in the semi-finals? In the first semi, Bayern Munich goalkeeper Sven Ulreich committed a huge blunder as holders Real edged into the final. Ulreich missed a backpass to gift a vital second goal to Karim Benzema at the Bernabeu Stadium, and the Frenchman's double in a pulsating 2-2 draw ensured Real progressed 4-3 on aggregate. Bayern had led early through Joshua Kimmich and a strike from James Rodriguez - who is on loan at the German club from Real - set up a tense finish. However, the hosts withstood considerable pressure to keep their bid for a third successive title on track. Just confirming this actually happened and is not a FIFA '18 bugpic.twitter.com/nNsfSDZvm4— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) May 1, 2018 The following night, Liverpool set up a repeat of their 1981 meeting against Real despite a first Champions League defeat of the season at the Stadio Olimpico. A chaotic 4-2 semi-final second leg loss to Roma saw Liverpool progress 7-6 on aggregate, with victory secured thanks to Sadio Mane's 19th of the season and the rare sight of Georginio Wijnaldum's first away goal in almost three years. A fortuitous own goal by James Milner inbetween had put the hosts back in the game, while Edin Dzeko's strike shortly after half-time ensured the Reds endured a testing conclusion and two late goals for Radja Nainngolan - including a penalty with the last kick of the game - came too late for Roma. Roma v Liverpool Can I still get tickets? The window for buying standard tickets is now closed. It ran on Uefa's website from March 15-22. Hospitality tickets are still on sale on Uefa's website, with prices starting from €3,200 per person. How do I get to Kiev? The City has two airports, Zhulyany (8km south-west of the city centre) and Boryspil International (35km east). Public transport includes buses, trolleybuses, trams and an ever-expanding metro system. Blaggers guide to speaking Ukrainian (source Uefa.com) Hello: Привіт – pree-vee'-t How are you?: Як справи? – yak spra'-vee Please: Будь ласка – bood la'-skah Thank you: Дякую – dja-ku'-yu Goodbye: До побачення – doh po-bah'-chen-ya Where is the stadium?: Де знаходиться стадіон? – de zna-kho'-dee-tsja sta-dee-on' Goal: Гол – Ghol Most European Cups What are they saying? Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has said his team will be "on fire" for the final: "We were in a League Cup final and didn't win it. People don't tell me in the street since then: 'Thank you for bringing us to the final'. We were in the Europa League final too. Nobody tells me thank you. "I see no trophies after these games. They don't hang silver medals at Melwood. That's a pity, but that's the game. There's still a job to do. "You cannot be more experienced in this competition than Real Madrid. "I think 80 per cent of their team played all these finals. They are four times in the last five years and still together. They are experienced, we are not, but we will be really on fire." Liverpool vs Real Madrid: Head-to-head Road to the final Zinedine Zidane's side won their first two games but a home draw with Tottenham followed by a loss at Wembley meant they finished second in their group. Despite failing behind to Paris St Germain at the Bernabeu, they won 5-2 on aggregate in the last 16 then overcame an almighty scare against Juventus, advancing thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo's last-gasp penalty despite a 3-1 home loss. A semi-final first leg victory in Munich proved pivotal as a 2-2 draw with Bayern in Spain got them over the line. Liverpool had to come through a qualifying round against Hoffenheim and then drew the opening two games in their group. They also threw away a three-goal lead against Sevilla in a 3-3 draw but thumped both Maribor and Spartak Moscow to finish top of Group E. They beat Porto 5-0 in the first leg of their last-16 tie, won both legs in the all-English clash with Manchester City and then saw off Roma 7-6 on aggregate following a 5-2 first-leg win at Anfield. Who fizzed and who flopped in the Champions League semi-final decider? Star men Real have the current Ballon d'or winner. Liverpool may have the next one. Cristiano Ronaldo is the Champions League's all-time leading scorer - with 120 goals, Real Madrid's all-time top scorer and a four-time winner of the competition. Ronaldo, who turned 33 this year, has scored 42 club goals this season. Yet Mohamed Salah has already exceeded that tally. The former Roma winger has enjoyed an incredible first season at Anfield, becoming just the third player in Liverpool history to score 40-plus goals in a single season and winning a slew of personal accolades. If he can outshine Ronaldo in Kiev, the ultimate individual prize may be next. Managers Zidane and Jurgen Klopp have experienced contrasting fortunes in finals. The former has won both of the Champions League finals he has been involved in as a boss. Meanwhile, Klopp has lost his previous five finals as a manage, including in the Europa League against Sevilla two seasons ago. Jurgen Klopp celebrates with his players Credit: GETTY IMAGES Tactics Real have not been as dominant as previous seasons, when their BBC (Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Ronaldo) strikeforce was in full flow and Luka Modric and Toni Kroos ran the midfield. This team is more pragmatic. Centre-backs Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane and defensive midfielder Casemiro form a strong spine and Zidane can usually rely on Ronaldo for a moment of magic. Klopp's gegenpressing style has been used to devastating effect this year thanks to the relentless front three of Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane. Liverpool will pin their hopes on that trio and their harassing style. History This is a meeting of the two of the most decorated clubs in the competition's history. No team has won more European Cups than Real Madrid's 12. Los Blancos won five in a row between 1956 and 1960 and last year they become the first club to retain the title in the Champions League era. Only Real and AC Milan have won more European Cups than Liverpool. The five-time winners' most recent success came in an astonishing 2005 final against AC Milan, who exacted revenge in the 2007 final. The Reds also beat Real in the 1981 final when Alan Kennedy scored the winner. Goals aplenty made Roma vs Liverpool a semi-final to sing and dance about Salah vs Ronaldo: A comparison Liverpool and Real Madrid will be looking to Mohamed Salah and Cristiano Ronaldo to make the difference for their respective teams on May 26. Here, we look at the numbers behind the two players' astonishing campaigns: Club appearances (all competitions): Salah (Liverpool) 49, Ronaldo (Real Madrid) 41 Club goals (all competitions): Salah 43, Ronaldo 42 Domestic league goals: Salah 31, Ronaldo 24 Domestic league assists: Salah 9, Ronaldo 5 Champions League goals (includes qualifiers): Salah 11, Ronaldo 15 Champions League assists (includes qualifiers): Salah 4, Ronaldo 2 Braces: Salah 7, Ronaldo 11 Hat-tricks: Salah 0, Ronaldo 1 Four goals in a game: Salah 1, Ronaldo 1 Longest scoring streak: Salah 7 games, Ronaldo 12 games Longest run without a goal: Salah 3 games, Ronaldo 3 games *Includes all competitive games except internationals. How Spanish sides have dominated past decade What are the odds? Real Madrid to win 6/5 Draw 11/4 Liverpool to win 2/1 What is our prediction? Real have not been as dominant as previous seasons, although they still managed to see off PSG, Juventus and Bayern Munich en route to the final. If Liverpool are to win, much will depend on their front three of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane and their harassing style. There will be goals aplenty, and this feels like Liverpool's time. Predicted score: Liverpool win 4-3 in extra time. Liverpool's Champions League campaign | In Numbers
What is it? Real Madrid and Liverpool will compete in the final of the European Cup - for the first time since 1981 - in a mouth-watering match to decide who will be awarded the coveted Champions League trophy. The defending champions and 12-time winners Real are bidding for their third successive title while Liverpool are seeking the sixth in their history. When is it? Saturday, May 26, 2018. Where is it? The 2018 Champions League final will be held at the NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine. It is the home of Dynamo Kiev. The stadium previously hosted the Euro 2012 final and holds a maximum capacity of 63,000 - the second largest in eastern Europe. What time is kick-off? 7.45pm BST. What TV channel is it on? BT Sport 1. But you can also watch the match for free on the BT Sport app or via BTSport.com or follow the game here with Telegraph Sport. Liverpool in Europe: Finals ranked and rated What happened in the semi-finals? In the first semi, Bayern Munich goalkeeper Sven Ulreich committed a huge blunder as holders Real edged into the final. Ulreich missed a backpass to gift a vital second goal to Karim Benzema at the Bernabeu Stadium, and the Frenchman's double in a pulsating 2-2 draw ensured Real progressed 4-3 on aggregate. Bayern had led early through Joshua Kimmich and a strike from James Rodriguez - who is on loan at the German club from Real - set up a tense finish. However, the hosts withstood considerable pressure to keep their bid for a third successive title on track. Just confirming this actually happened and is not a FIFA '18 bugpic.twitter.com/nNsfSDZvm4— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) May 1, 2018 The following night, Liverpool set up a repeat of their 1981 meeting against Real despite a first Champions League defeat of the season at the Stadio Olimpico. A chaotic 4-2 semi-final second leg loss to Roma saw Liverpool progress 7-6 on aggregate, with victory secured thanks to Sadio Mane's 19th of the season and the rare sight of Georginio Wijnaldum's first away goal in almost three years. A fortuitous own goal by James Milner inbetween had put the hosts back in the game, while Edin Dzeko's strike shortly after half-time ensured the Reds endured a testing conclusion and two late goals for Radja Nainngolan - including a penalty with the last kick of the game - came too late for Roma. Roma v Liverpool Can I still get tickets? The window for buying standard tickets is now closed. It ran on Uefa's website from March 15-22. Hospitality tickets are still on sale on Uefa's website, with prices starting from €3,200 per person. How do I get to Kiev? The City has two airports, Zhulyany (8km south-west of the city centre) and Boryspil International (35km east). Public transport includes buses, trolleybuses, trams and an ever-expanding metro system. Blaggers guide to speaking Ukrainian (source Uefa.com) Hello: Привіт – pree-vee'-t How are you?: Як справи? – yak spra'-vee Please: Будь ласка – bood la'-skah Thank you: Дякую – dja-ku'-yu Goodbye: До побачення – doh po-bah'-chen-ya Where is the stadium?: Де знаходиться стадіон? – de zna-kho'-dee-tsja sta-dee-on' Goal: Гол – Ghol Most European Cups What are they saying? Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has said his team will be "on fire" for the final: "We were in a League Cup final and didn't win it. People don't tell me in the street since then: 'Thank you for bringing us to the final'. We were in the Europa League final too. Nobody tells me thank you. "I see no trophies after these games. They don't hang silver medals at Melwood. That's a pity, but that's the game. There's still a job to do. "You cannot be more experienced in this competition than Real Madrid. "I think 80 per cent of their team played all these finals. They are four times in the last five years and still together. They are experienced, we are not, but we will be really on fire." Liverpool vs Real Madrid: Head-to-head Road to the final Zinedine Zidane's side won their first two games but a home draw with Tottenham followed by a loss at Wembley meant they finished second in their group. Despite failing behind to Paris St Germain at the Bernabeu, they won 5-2 on aggregate in the last 16 then overcame an almighty scare against Juventus, advancing thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo's last-gasp penalty despite a 3-1 home loss. A semi-final first leg victory in Munich proved pivotal as a 2-2 draw with Bayern in Spain got them over the line. Liverpool had to come through a qualifying round against Hoffenheim and then drew the opening two games in their group. They also threw away a three-goal lead against Sevilla in a 3-3 draw but thumped both Maribor and Spartak Moscow to finish top of Group E. They beat Porto 5-0 in the first leg of their last-16 tie, won both legs in the all-English clash with Manchester City and then saw off Roma 7-6 on aggregate following a 5-2 first-leg win at Anfield. Who fizzed and who flopped in the Champions League semi-final decider? Star men Real have the current Ballon d'or winner. Liverpool may have the next one. Cristiano Ronaldo is the Champions League's all-time leading scorer - with 120 goals, Real Madrid's all-time top scorer and a four-time winner of the competition. Ronaldo, who turned 33 this year, has scored 42 club goals this season. Yet Mohamed Salah has already exceeded that tally. The former Roma winger has enjoyed an incredible first season at Anfield, becoming just the third player in Liverpool history to score 40-plus goals in a single season and winning a slew of personal accolades. If he can outshine Ronaldo in Kiev, the ultimate individual prize may be next. Managers Zidane and Jurgen Klopp have experienced contrasting fortunes in finals. The former has won both of the Champions League finals he has been involved in as a boss. Meanwhile, Klopp has lost his previous five finals as a manage, including in the Europa League against Sevilla two seasons ago. Jurgen Klopp celebrates with his players Credit: GETTY IMAGES Tactics Real have not been as dominant as previous seasons, when their BBC (Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Ronaldo) strikeforce was in full flow and Luka Modric and Toni Kroos ran the midfield. This team is more pragmatic. Centre-backs Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane and defensive midfielder Casemiro form a strong spine and Zidane can usually rely on Ronaldo for a moment of magic. Klopp's gegenpressing style has been used to devastating effect this year thanks to the relentless front three of Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane. Liverpool will pin their hopes on that trio and their harassing style. History This is a meeting of the two of the most decorated clubs in the competition's history. No team has won more European Cups than Real Madrid's 12. Los Blancos won five in a row between 1956 and 1960 and last year they become the first club to retain the title in the Champions League era. Only Real and AC Milan have won more European Cups than Liverpool. The five-time winners' most recent success came in an astonishing 2005 final against AC Milan, who exacted revenge in the 2007 final. The Reds also beat Real in the 1981 final when Alan Kennedy scored the winner. Goals aplenty made Roma vs Liverpool a semi-final to sing and dance about Salah vs Ronaldo: A comparison Liverpool and Real Madrid will be looking to Mohamed Salah and Cristiano Ronaldo to make the difference for their respective teams on May 26. Here, we look at the numbers behind the two players' astonishing campaigns: Club appearances (all competitions): Salah (Liverpool) 49, Ronaldo (Real Madrid) 41 Club goals (all competitions): Salah 43, Ronaldo 42 Domestic league goals: Salah 31, Ronaldo 24 Domestic league assists: Salah 9, Ronaldo 5 Champions League goals (includes qualifiers): Salah 11, Ronaldo 15 Champions League assists (includes qualifiers): Salah 4, Ronaldo 2 Braces: Salah 7, Ronaldo 11 Hat-tricks: Salah 0, Ronaldo 1 Four goals in a game: Salah 1, Ronaldo 1 Longest scoring streak: Salah 7 games, Ronaldo 12 games Longest run without a goal: Salah 3 games, Ronaldo 3 games *Includes all competitive games except internationals. How Spanish sides have dominated past decade What are the odds? Real Madrid to win 6/5 Draw 11/4 Liverpool to win 2/1 What is our prediction? Real have not been as dominant as previous seasons, although they still managed to see off PSG, Juventus and Bayern Munich en route to the final. If Liverpool are to win, much will depend on their front three of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane and their harassing style. There will be goals aplenty, and this feels like Liverpool's time. Predicted score: Liverpool win 4-3 in extra time. Liverpool's Champions League campaign | In Numbers
Champions League final 2018: What time will Liverpool vs Real Madrid kick-off, what TV channel is it on and what is our prediction?
What is it? Real Madrid and Liverpool will compete in the final of the European Cup - for the first time since 1981 - in a mouth-watering match to decide who will be awarded the coveted Champions League trophy. The defending champions and 12-time winners Real are bidding for their third successive title while Liverpool are seeking the sixth in their history. When is it? Saturday, May 26, 2018. Where is it? The 2018 Champions League final will be held at the NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine. It is the home of Dynamo Kiev. The stadium previously hosted the Euro 2012 final and holds a maximum capacity of 63,000 - the second largest in eastern Europe. What time is kick-off? 7.45pm BST. What TV channel is it on? BT Sport 1. But you can also watch the match for free on the BT Sport app or via BTSport.com or follow the game here with Telegraph Sport. Liverpool in Europe: Finals ranked and rated What happened in the semi-finals? In the first semi, Bayern Munich goalkeeper Sven Ulreich committed a huge blunder as holders Real edged into the final. Ulreich missed a backpass to gift a vital second goal to Karim Benzema at the Bernabeu Stadium, and the Frenchman's double in a pulsating 2-2 draw ensured Real progressed 4-3 on aggregate. Bayern had led early through Joshua Kimmich and a strike from James Rodriguez - who is on loan at the German club from Real - set up a tense finish. However, the hosts withstood considerable pressure to keep their bid for a third successive title on track. Just confirming this actually happened and is not a FIFA '18 bugpic.twitter.com/nNsfSDZvm4— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) May 1, 2018 The following night, Liverpool set up a repeat of their 1981 meeting against Real despite a first Champions League defeat of the season at the Stadio Olimpico. A chaotic 4-2 semi-final second leg loss to Roma saw Liverpool progress 7-6 on aggregate, with victory secured thanks to Sadio Mane's 19th of the season and the rare sight of Georginio Wijnaldum's first away goal in almost three years. A fortuitous own goal by James Milner inbetween had put the hosts back in the game, while Edin Dzeko's strike shortly after half-time ensured the Reds endured a testing conclusion and two late goals for Radja Nainngolan - including a penalty with the last kick of the game - came too late for Roma. Roma v Liverpool Can I still get tickets? The window for buying standard tickets is now closed. It ran on Uefa's website from March 15-22. Hospitality tickets are still on sale on Uefa's website, with prices starting from €3,200 per person. How do I get to Kiev? The City has two airports, Zhulyany (8km south-west of the city centre) and Boryspil International (35km east). Public transport includes buses, trolleybuses, trams and an ever-expanding metro system. Blaggers guide to speaking Ukrainian (source Uefa.com) Hello: Привіт – pree-vee'-t How are you?: Як справи? – yak spra'-vee Please: Будь ласка – bood la'-skah Thank you: Дякую – dja-ku'-yu Goodbye: До побачення – doh po-bah'-chen-ya Where is the stadium?: Де знаходиться стадіон? – de zna-kho'-dee-tsja sta-dee-on' Goal: Гол – Ghol Most European Cups What are they saying? Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has said his team will be "on fire" for the final: "We were in a League Cup final and didn't win it. People don't tell me in the street since then: 'Thank you for bringing us to the final'. We were in the Europa League final too. Nobody tells me thank you. "I see no trophies after these games. They don't hang silver medals at Melwood. That's a pity, but that's the game. There's still a job to do. "You cannot be more experienced in this competition than Real Madrid. "I think 80 per cent of their team played all these finals. They are four times in the last five years and still together. They are experienced, we are not, but we will be really on fire." Liverpool vs Real Madrid: Head-to-head Road to the final Zinedine Zidane's side won their first two games but a home draw with Tottenham followed by a loss at Wembley meant they finished second in their group. Despite failing behind to Paris St Germain at the Bernabeu, they won 5-2 on aggregate in the last 16 then overcame an almighty scare against Juventus, advancing thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo's last-gasp penalty despite a 3-1 home loss. A semi-final first leg victory in Munich proved pivotal as a 2-2 draw with Bayern in Spain got them over the line. Liverpool had to come through a qualifying round against Hoffenheim and then drew the opening two games in their group. They also threw away a three-goal lead against Sevilla in a 3-3 draw but thumped both Maribor and Spartak Moscow to finish top of Group E. They beat Porto 5-0 in the first leg of their last-16 tie, won both legs in the all-English clash with Manchester City and then saw off Roma 7-6 on aggregate following a 5-2 first-leg win at Anfield. Who fizzed and who flopped in the Champions League semi-final decider? Star men Real have the current Ballon d'or winner. Liverpool may have the next one. Cristiano Ronaldo is the Champions League's all-time leading scorer - with 120 goals, Real Madrid's all-time top scorer and a four-time winner of the competition. Ronaldo, who turned 33 this year, has scored 42 club goals this season. Yet Mohamed Salah has already exceeded that tally. The former Roma winger has enjoyed an incredible first season at Anfield, becoming just the third player in Liverpool history to score 40-plus goals in a single season and winning a slew of personal accolades. If he can outshine Ronaldo in Kiev, the ultimate individual prize may be next. Managers Zidane and Jurgen Klopp have experienced contrasting fortunes in finals. The former has won both of the Champions League finals he has been involved in as a boss. Meanwhile, Klopp has lost his previous five finals as a manage, including in the Europa League against Sevilla two seasons ago. Jurgen Klopp celebrates with his players Credit: GETTY IMAGES Tactics Real have not been as dominant as previous seasons, when their BBC (Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Ronaldo) strikeforce was in full flow and Luka Modric and Toni Kroos ran the midfield. This team is more pragmatic. Centre-backs Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane and defensive midfielder Casemiro form a strong spine and Zidane can usually rely on Ronaldo for a moment of magic. Klopp's gegenpressing style has been used to devastating effect this year thanks to the relentless front three of Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane. Liverpool will pin their hopes on that trio and their harassing style. History This is a meeting of the two of the most decorated clubs in the competition's history. No team has won more European Cups than Real Madrid's 12. Los Blancos won five in a row between 1956 and 1960 and last year they become the first club to retain the title in the Champions League era. Only Real and AC Milan have won more European Cups than Liverpool. The five-time winners' most recent success came in an astonishing 2005 final against AC Milan, who exacted revenge in the 2007 final. The Reds also beat Real in the 1981 final when Alan Kennedy scored the winner. Goals aplenty made Roma vs Liverpool a semi-final to sing and dance about Salah vs Ronaldo: A comparison Liverpool and Real Madrid will be looking to Mohamed Salah and Cristiano Ronaldo to make the difference for their respective teams on May 26. Here, we look at the numbers behind the two players' astonishing campaigns: Club appearances (all competitions): Salah (Liverpool) 49, Ronaldo (Real Madrid) 41 Club goals (all competitions): Salah 43, Ronaldo 42 Domestic league goals: Salah 31, Ronaldo 24 Domestic league assists: Salah 9, Ronaldo 5 Champions League goals (includes qualifiers): Salah 11, Ronaldo 15 Champions League assists (includes qualifiers): Salah 4, Ronaldo 2 Braces: Salah 7, Ronaldo 11 Hat-tricks: Salah 0, Ronaldo 1 Four goals in a game: Salah 1, Ronaldo 1 Longest scoring streak: Salah 7 games, Ronaldo 12 games Longest run without a goal: Salah 3 games, Ronaldo 3 games *Includes all competitive games except internationals. How Spanish sides have dominated past decade What are the odds? Real Madrid to win 6/5 Draw 11/4 Liverpool to win 2/1 What is our prediction? Real have not been as dominant as previous seasons, although they still managed to see off PSG, Juventus and Bayern Munich en route to the final. If Liverpool are to win, much will depend on their front three of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane and their harassing style. There will be goals aplenty, and this feels like Liverpool's time. Predicted score: Liverpool win 4-3 in extra time. Liverpool's Champions League campaign | In Numbers
What is it? For the first time since 1981, Real Madrid and Liverpool will compete in the final of the European Cup in a mouth-watering match to decide who will be awarded the coveted Champions League trophy. The defending champions and 12-time winners Real are bidding for their third successive title while Liverpool are seeking the sixth in their history. When is it? Saturday, May 26, 2018. Where is it? The 2018 Champions League final will be held at the NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine. It is the home of Dynamo Kiev. The stadium previously hosted the Euro 2012 final and holds a maximum capacity of 63,000 - the second largest in eastern Europe. What time is kick-off? 7.45pm BST. What TV channel is it on? BT Sport 1. But you can also watch the match for free on the BT Sport app or via BTSport.com. Liverpool in Europe: Finals ranked and rated What happened in the semi-finals? In the first semi, Bayern Munich goalkeeper Sven Ulreich committed a huge blunder as holders Real edged into the final. Ulreich missed a backpass to gift a vital second goal to Karim Benzema at the Bernabeu Stadium, and the Frenchman's double in a pulsating 2-2 draw ensured Real progressed 4-3 on aggregate. Bayern had led early through Joshua Kimmich and a strike from James Rodriguez - who is on loan at the German club from Real - set up a tense finish. However, the hosts withstood considerable pressure to keep their bid for a third successive title on track. Just confirming this actually happened and is not a FIFA '18 bugpic.twitter.com/nNsfSDZvm4— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) May 1, 2018 The following night, Liverpool set up a repeat of their 1981 meeting against Real despite a first Champions League defeat of the season at the Stadio Olimpico. A chaotic 4-2 semi-final second leg loss to Roma saw Liverpool progress 7-6 on aggregate, with victory secured thanks to Sadio Mane's 19th of the season and the rare sight of Georginio Wijnaldum's first away goal in almost three years. A fortuitous own goal by James Milner inbetween had put the hosts back in the game, while Edin Dzeko's strike shortly after half-time ensured the Reds endured a testing conclusion and two late goals for Radja Nainngolan - including a penalty with the last kick of the game - came too late for Roma. Roma v Liverpool Can I still get tickets? The window for buying standard tickets is now closed. It ran on Uefa's website from March 15-22. Hospitality tickets are still on sale on Uefa's website, with prices starting from €3,200 per person. How do I get to Kiev? The City has two airports, Zhulyany (8km south-west of the city centre) and Boryspil International (35km east). Public transport includes buses, trolleybuses, trams and an ever-expanding metro system. Blaggers guide to speaking Ukrainian (source Uefa.com) Hello: Привіт – pree-vee'-t How are you?: Як справи? – yak spra'-vee Please: Будь ласка – bood la'-skah Thank you: Дякую – dja-ku'-yu Goodbye: До побачення – doh po-bah'-chen-ya Where is the stadium?: Де знаходиться стадіон? – de zna-kho'-dee-tsja sta-dee-on' Goal: Гол – Ghol Most European Cups What are they saying? Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has said his team will be "on fire" for the final: "We were in a League Cup final and didn't win it. People don't tell me in the street since then: 'Thank you for bringing us to the final'. We were in the Europa League final too. Nobody tells me thank you. "I see no trophies after these games. They don't hang silver medals at Melwood. That's a pity, but that's the game. There's still a job to do. "You cannot be more experienced in this competition than Real Madrid. "I think 80 per cent of their team played all these finals. They are four times in the last five years and still together. They are experienced, we are not, but we will be really on fire." Liverpool vs Real Madrid: Head-to-head Road to the final Zinedine Zidane's side won their first two games but a home draw with Tottenham followed by a loss at Wembley meant they finished second in their group. Despite failing behind to Paris St Germain at the Bernabeu, they won 5-2 on aggregate in the last 16 then overcame an almighty scare against Juventus, advancing thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo's last-gasp penalty despite a 3-1 home loss. A semi-final first leg victory in Munich proved pivotal as a 2-2 draw with Bayern in Spain got them over the line. Liverpool had to come through a qualifying round against Hoffenheim and then drew the opening two games in their group. They also threw away a three-goal lead against Sevilla in a 3-3 draw but thumped both Maribor and Spartak Moscow to finish top of Group E. They beat Porto 5-0 in the first leg of their last-16 tie, won both legs in the all-English clash with Manchester City and then saw off Roma 7-6 on aggregate following a 5-2 first-leg win at Anfield. Who fizzed and who flopped in the Champions League semi-final decider? Star men Real have the current Ballon d'or winner. Liverpool may have the next one. Cristiano Ronaldo is the Champions League's all-time leading scorer - with 120 goals, Real Madrid's all-time top scorer and a four-time winner of the competition. Ronaldo, who turned 33 this year, has scored 42 club goals this season. Yet Mohamed Salah has already exceeded that tally. The former Roma winger has enjoyed an incredible first season at Anfield, becoming just the third player in Liverpool history to score 40-plus goals in a single season and winning a slew of personal accolades. If he can outshine Ronaldo in Kiev, the ultimate individual prize may be next. Managers Zidane and Jurgen Klopp have experienced contrasting fortunes in finals. The former has won both of the Champions League finals he has been involved in as a boss. Meanwhile, Klopp has lost his previous five finals as a manage, including in the Europa League against Sevilla two seasons ago. Jurgen Klopp celebrates with his players Credit: GETTY IMAGES Tactics Real have not been as dominant as previous seasons, when their BBC (Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Ronaldo) strikeforce was in full flow and Luka Modric and Toni Kroos ran the midfield. This team is more pragmatic. Centre-backs Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane and defensive midfielder Casemiro form a strong spine and Zidane can usually rely on Ronaldo for a moment of magic. Klopp's gegenpressing style has been used to devastating effect this year thanks to the relentless front three of Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane. Liverpool will pin their hopes on that trio and their harassing style. History This is a meeting of the two of the most decorated clubs in the competition's history. No team has won more European Cups than Real Madrid's 12. Los Blancos won five in a row between 1956 and 1960 and last year they become the first club to retain the title in the Champions League era. Only Real and AC Milan have won more European Cups than Liverpool. The five-time winners' most recent success came in an astonishing 2005 final against AC Milan, who exacted revenge in the 2007 final. The Reds also beat Real in the 1981 final when Alan Kennedy scored the winner. Goals aplenty made Roma vs Liverpool a semi-final to sing and dance about Salah vs Ronaldo: A comparison Liverpool and Real Madrid will be looking to Mohamed Salah and Cristiano Ronaldo to make the difference for their respective teams on May 26. Here, we look at the numbers behind the two players' astonishing campaigns: Club appearances (all competitions): Salah (Liverpool) 49, Ronaldo (Real Madrid) 41 Club goals (all competitions): Salah 43, Ronaldo 42 Domestic league goals: Salah 31, Ronaldo 24 Domestic league assists: Salah 9, Ronaldo 5 Champions League goals (includes qualifiers): Salah 11, Ronaldo 15 Champions League assists (includes qualifiers): Salah 4, Ronaldo 2 Braces: Salah 7, Ronaldo 11 Hat-tricks: Salah 0, Ronaldo 1 Four goals in a game: Salah 1, Ronaldo 1 Longest scoring streak: Salah 7 games, Ronaldo 12 games Longest run without a goal: Salah 3 games, Ronaldo 3 games *Includes all competitive games except internationals. How Spanish sides have dominated past decade What are the odds? Real Madrid to win 6/5 Draw 11/4 Liverpool to win 2/1 What is our prediction? Real have not been as dominant as previous seasons, although they still managed to see off PSG, Juventus and Bayern Munich en route to the final. If Liverpool are to win, much will depend on their front three of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane and their harassing style. There will be goals aplenty, and this feels like Liverpool's time. Predicted score: Liverpool win 4-3 in extra time. Liverpool's Champions League campaign | In Numbers
Champions League final 2018: When is Liverpool vs Real Madrid, what TV channel is it on and what is the venue?
What is it? For the first time since 1981, Real Madrid and Liverpool will compete in the final of the European Cup in a mouth-watering match to decide who will be awarded the coveted Champions League trophy. The defending champions and 12-time winners Real are bidding for their third successive title while Liverpool are seeking the sixth in their history. When is it? Saturday, May 26, 2018. Where is it? The 2018 Champions League final will be held at the NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine. It is the home of Dynamo Kiev. The stadium previously hosted the Euro 2012 final and holds a maximum capacity of 63,000 - the second largest in eastern Europe. What time is kick-off? 7.45pm BST. What TV channel is it on? BT Sport 1. But you can also watch the match for free on the BT Sport app or via BTSport.com. Liverpool in Europe: Finals ranked and rated What happened in the semi-finals? In the first semi, Bayern Munich goalkeeper Sven Ulreich committed a huge blunder as holders Real edged into the final. Ulreich missed a backpass to gift a vital second goal to Karim Benzema at the Bernabeu Stadium, and the Frenchman's double in a pulsating 2-2 draw ensured Real progressed 4-3 on aggregate. Bayern had led early through Joshua Kimmich and a strike from James Rodriguez - who is on loan at the German club from Real - set up a tense finish. However, the hosts withstood considerable pressure to keep their bid for a third successive title on track. Just confirming this actually happened and is not a FIFA '18 bugpic.twitter.com/nNsfSDZvm4— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) May 1, 2018 The following night, Liverpool set up a repeat of their 1981 meeting against Real despite a first Champions League defeat of the season at the Stadio Olimpico. A chaotic 4-2 semi-final second leg loss to Roma saw Liverpool progress 7-6 on aggregate, with victory secured thanks to Sadio Mane's 19th of the season and the rare sight of Georginio Wijnaldum's first away goal in almost three years. A fortuitous own goal by James Milner inbetween had put the hosts back in the game, while Edin Dzeko's strike shortly after half-time ensured the Reds endured a testing conclusion and two late goals for Radja Nainngolan - including a penalty with the last kick of the game - came too late for Roma. Roma v Liverpool Can I still get tickets? The window for buying standard tickets is now closed. It ran on Uefa's website from March 15-22. Hospitality tickets are still on sale on Uefa's website, with prices starting from €3,200 per person. How do I get to Kiev? The City has two airports, Zhulyany (8km south-west of the city centre) and Boryspil International (35km east). Public transport includes buses, trolleybuses, trams and an ever-expanding metro system. Blaggers guide to speaking Ukrainian (source Uefa.com) Hello: Привіт – pree-vee'-t How are you?: Як справи? – yak spra'-vee Please: Будь ласка – bood la'-skah Thank you: Дякую – dja-ku'-yu Goodbye: До побачення – doh po-bah'-chen-ya Where is the stadium?: Де знаходиться стадіон? – de zna-kho'-dee-tsja sta-dee-on' Goal: Гол – Ghol Most European Cups What are they saying? Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has said his team will be "on fire" for the final: "We were in a League Cup final and didn't win it. People don't tell me in the street since then: 'Thank you for bringing us to the final'. We were in the Europa League final too. Nobody tells me thank you. "I see no trophies after these games. They don't hang silver medals at Melwood. That's a pity, but that's the game. There's still a job to do. "You cannot be more experienced in this competition than Real Madrid. "I think 80 per cent of their team played all these finals. They are four times in the last five years and still together. They are experienced, we are not, but we will be really on fire." Liverpool vs Real Madrid: Head-to-head Road to the final Zinedine Zidane's side won their first two games but a home draw with Tottenham followed by a loss at Wembley meant they finished second in their group. Despite failing behind to Paris St Germain at the Bernabeu, they won 5-2 on aggregate in the last 16 then overcame an almighty scare against Juventus, advancing thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo's last-gasp penalty despite a 3-1 home loss. A semi-final first leg victory in Munich proved pivotal as a 2-2 draw with Bayern in Spain got them over the line. Liverpool had to come through a qualifying round against Hoffenheim and then drew the opening two games in their group. They also threw away a three-goal lead against Sevilla in a 3-3 draw but thumped both Maribor and Spartak Moscow to finish top of Group E. They beat Porto 5-0 in the first leg of their last-16 tie, won both legs in the all-English clash with Manchester City and then saw off Roma 7-6 on aggregate following a 5-2 first-leg win at Anfield. Who fizzed and who flopped in the Champions League semi-final decider? Star men Real have the current Ballon d'or winner. Liverpool may have the next one. Cristiano Ronaldo is the Champions League's all-time leading scorer - with 120 goals, Real Madrid's all-time top scorer and a four-time winner of the competition. Ronaldo, who turned 33 this year, has scored 42 club goals this season. Yet Mohamed Salah has already exceeded that tally. The former Roma winger has enjoyed an incredible first season at Anfield, becoming just the third player in Liverpool history to score 40-plus goals in a single season and winning a slew of personal accolades. If he can outshine Ronaldo in Kiev, the ultimate individual prize may be next. Managers Zidane and Jurgen Klopp have experienced contrasting fortunes in finals. The former has won both of the Champions League finals he has been involved in as a boss. Meanwhile, Klopp has lost his previous five finals as a manage, including in the Europa League against Sevilla two seasons ago. Jurgen Klopp celebrates with his players Credit: GETTY IMAGES Tactics Real have not been as dominant as previous seasons, when their BBC (Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Ronaldo) strikeforce was in full flow and Luka Modric and Toni Kroos ran the midfield. This team is more pragmatic. Centre-backs Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane and defensive midfielder Casemiro form a strong spine and Zidane can usually rely on Ronaldo for a moment of magic. Klopp's gegenpressing style has been used to devastating effect this year thanks to the relentless front three of Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane. Liverpool will pin their hopes on that trio and their harassing style. History This is a meeting of the two of the most decorated clubs in the competition's history. No team has won more European Cups than Real Madrid's 12. Los Blancos won five in a row between 1956 and 1960 and last year they become the first club to retain the title in the Champions League era. Only Real and AC Milan have won more European Cups than Liverpool. The five-time winners' most recent success came in an astonishing 2005 final against AC Milan, who exacted revenge in the 2007 final. The Reds also beat Real in the 1981 final when Alan Kennedy scored the winner. Goals aplenty made Roma vs Liverpool a semi-final to sing and dance about Salah vs Ronaldo: A comparison Liverpool and Real Madrid will be looking to Mohamed Salah and Cristiano Ronaldo to make the difference for their respective teams on May 26. Here, we look at the numbers behind the two players' astonishing campaigns: Club appearances (all competitions): Salah (Liverpool) 49, Ronaldo (Real Madrid) 41 Club goals (all competitions): Salah 43, Ronaldo 42 Domestic league goals: Salah 31, Ronaldo 24 Domestic league assists: Salah 9, Ronaldo 5 Champions League goals (includes qualifiers): Salah 11, Ronaldo 15 Champions League assists (includes qualifiers): Salah 4, Ronaldo 2 Braces: Salah 7, Ronaldo 11 Hat-tricks: Salah 0, Ronaldo 1 Four goals in a game: Salah 1, Ronaldo 1 Longest scoring streak: Salah 7 games, Ronaldo 12 games Longest run without a goal: Salah 3 games, Ronaldo 3 games *Includes all competitive games except internationals. How Spanish sides have dominated past decade What are the odds? Real Madrid to win 6/5 Draw 11/4 Liverpool to win 2/1 What is our prediction? Real have not been as dominant as previous seasons, although they still managed to see off PSG, Juventus and Bayern Munich en route to the final. If Liverpool are to win, much will depend on their front three of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane and their harassing style. There will be goals aplenty, and this feels like Liverpool's time. Predicted score: Liverpool win 4-3 in extra time. Liverpool's Champions League campaign | In Numbers
FILE- In this June 28, 2012 file photo, Italy's Mario Balotelli celebrates scoring his side's second goal during the Euro 2012 soccer championship semifinal match between Germany and Italy in Warsaw, Poland. Mario Balotelli could make his first appearance for Italy in nearly four years after being named in a 30-man squad by new coach Roberto Mancini. Balotelli last played for Italy in the 2014 World Cup. He was called up by Antonio Conte in November of that year but was forced to withdraw from the squad with injury. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda, File)
Mario Balotelli included in Mancini's first Italy squad
FILE- In this June 28, 2012 file photo, Italy's Mario Balotelli celebrates scoring his side's second goal during the Euro 2012 soccer championship semifinal match between Germany and Italy in Warsaw, Poland. Mario Balotelli could make his first appearance for Italy in nearly four years after being named in a 30-man squad by new coach Roberto Mancini. Balotelli last played for Italy in the 2014 World Cup. He was called up by Antonio Conte in November of that year but was forced to withdraw from the squad with injury. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda, File)
FILE- In this June 28, 2012 file photo, Italy's Mario Balotelli celebrates scoring his side's second goal during the Euro 2012 soccer championship semifinal match between Germany and Italy in Warsaw, Poland. Mario Balotelli could make his first appearance for Italy in nearly four years after being named in a 30-man squad by new coach Roberto Mancini. Balotelli last played for Italy in the 2014 World Cup. He was called up by Antonio Conte in November of that year but was forced to withdraw from the squad with injury. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda, File)
FILE- In this June 28, 2012 file photo, Italy's Mario Balotelli celebrates scoring his side's second goal during the Euro 2012 soccer championship semifinal match between Germany and Italy in Warsaw, Poland. Mario Balotelli could make his first appearance for Italy in nearly four years after being named in a 30-man squad by new coach Roberto Mancini. Balotelli last played for Italy in the 2014 World Cup. He was called up by Antonio Conte in November of that year but was forced to withdraw from the squad with injury. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda, File)
FILE- In this June 28, 2012 file photo, Italy's Mario Balotelli celebrates scoring his side's second goal during the Euro 2012 soccer championship semifinal match between Germany and Italy in Warsaw, Poland. Mario Balotelli could make his first appearance for Italy in nearly four years after being named in a 30-man squad by new coach Roberto Mancini. Balotelli last played for Italy in the 2014 World Cup. He was called up by Antonio Conte in November of that year but was forced to withdraw from the squad with injury. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda, File)
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Win Barcelona defender Jordi Alba has revealed that his international teammate Andrés Iniesta predicted Spain's incredible 4-0 win over Italy in the final of Euro 2012 just hours before kick off. Iniesta will leave Catalonia at the end of the season after 22 years with the club, where the 34-year-old has cemented his place as one of the biggest legends ever to grace the pitch at the Camp Nou. And Iniesta is not just held in high regard at Barcelona. The veteran playmaker scored the only goal...
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Win Barcelona defender Jordi Alba has revealed that his international teammate Andrés Iniesta predicted Spain's incredible 4-0 win over Italy in the final of Euro 2012 just hours before kick off. Iniesta will leave Catalonia at the end of the season after 22 years with the club, where the 34-year-old has cemented his place as one of the biggest legends ever to grace the pitch at the Camp Nou. And Iniesta is not just held in high regard at Barcelona. The veteran playmaker scored the only goal...
The draws for every World Cup since 1974 - including this summer’s - have seen the hosts and holders ‘kept apart’ until the final, The Telegraph can reveal. The Telegraph has analysed the potential route to the final of every country to stage the tournament after disgraced former Uefa president Michel Platini claimed “a little trickery” was used ahead of the draw for the 1998 finals to increase the prospect of what proved to be a “dream” climax between hosts France and defending champions Brazil. Platini, co-president of the France 98 organising committee, recounted how the two nations had been placed in Group C and A, respectively, guaranteeing they could not meet until the final (or third-placed play-off) provided both topped their groups. The 62-year-old was laughing as he told radio station France Bleu Sport: “There was a little trickery. “We did not spend six years organising the World Cup to not do some little shenanigans. Do you think other World Cup hosts did not?” Analysis by The Telegraph has found that the hosts of the last 12 World Cups, including this summer’s in Russia, would have been unable to face the holders before the final had both won their groups. World Cup 2018 | All you need to know The odds of that happening by chance at one tournament are only 50-50 but the odds of it happening at 12 in a row are around 8,000 to one. Fifa declined to comment on the claims by former vice-president Platini, who is serving a four-year ban from football for receiving a £1.3 million suspected criminal payment from ex-president Sepp Blatter. Instead, the world governing body directed the Telegraph to a webpage published in 1997 outlining the draw system for the 1998 World Cup. That page confirmed Brazil and France’s groups had indeed been predetermined but not the motive behind it. The equivalent page for the 2002 World Cup shows how it was also predetermined that France, then the holders, would be placed in Group A, with co-hosts South Korea and Japan allocated D and H, respectively. Analysis of that tournament shows the winners of Group A could not meet their counterparts from Group H until the semi-final and their counterparts from D until the final, while the co-hosts could not meet until the final irrespective of whether they won their groups. That was the last World Cup at which the holders qualified by right, but the pattern nevertheless continued of hosts and holders being kept apart if they won their groups. The Telegraph was unable to locate details of the draw system used for the 2006 tournament but the equivalent webpages for those in 2010, 2014 and 2018 only refer to the hosts being in the top position in Group A and the seven other seeded countries - including the holders - occupying the top spots in Groups B to H. Fifa said it had no record of draw procedures for World Cups pre-dating 1998, but the phenomenon discovered by the Telegraph goes back to 1974. World Cup draws At the tournament immediately prior to that, holders England and hosts Mexico could have met in the semi-finals had both won their groups. The same would have been the case in 1966 when England were hosts and Brazil defending champions. At the 1990 World Cup, the top-six seeds were assigned to Groups A to F in order, but that still meant hosts Italy would not have played holders Argentina until the final had the latter won their group. The Telegraph has found a similar pattern when analysing the potential route to the final of every country to host the European Championship. European Championship draws Since the tournament expanded to 16 teams at Euro 96, only on one occasion would the holders have been able to meet a host before the final had both won their groups. That was when Poland and Ukraine co-hosted Euro 2012, at which the host nations would not have been able to meet before the final had they topped their groups. Asked about the trend, Uefa pointed out the defending champions had never automatically qualified for its flagship tournament and neither was there any certainty where participating teams would finish in a group. When it comes to the World Cup, meanwhile, each group-stage draw is already engineered to a degree, with countries from the same confederation kept apart other than those from Europe. The host nation at major tournaments also tend to enjoy preferential treatment over where they play their group matches, with England placed in the ‘London group’ at both the 1966 World Cup and Euro 96, ensuring they would play all their games at Wembley.
Exclusive: World Cup draws have kept hosts and holders apart since 1974
The draws for every World Cup since 1974 - including this summer’s - have seen the hosts and holders ‘kept apart’ until the final, The Telegraph can reveal. The Telegraph has analysed the potential route to the final of every country to stage the tournament after disgraced former Uefa president Michel Platini claimed “a little trickery” was used ahead of the draw for the 1998 finals to increase the prospect of what proved to be a “dream” climax between hosts France and defending champions Brazil. Platini, co-president of the France 98 organising committee, recounted how the two nations had been placed in Group C and A, respectively, guaranteeing they could not meet until the final (or third-placed play-off) provided both topped their groups. The 62-year-old was laughing as he told radio station France Bleu Sport: “There was a little trickery. “We did not spend six years organising the World Cup to not do some little shenanigans. Do you think other World Cup hosts did not?” Analysis by The Telegraph has found that the hosts of the last 12 World Cups, including this summer’s in Russia, would have been unable to face the holders before the final had both won their groups. World Cup 2018 | All you need to know The odds of that happening by chance at one tournament are only 50-50 but the odds of it happening at 12 in a row are around 8,000 to one. Fifa declined to comment on the claims by former vice-president Platini, who is serving a four-year ban from football for receiving a £1.3 million suspected criminal payment from ex-president Sepp Blatter. Instead, the world governing body directed the Telegraph to a webpage published in 1997 outlining the draw system for the 1998 World Cup. That page confirmed Brazil and France’s groups had indeed been predetermined but not the motive behind it. The equivalent page for the 2002 World Cup shows how it was also predetermined that France, then the holders, would be placed in Group A, with co-hosts South Korea and Japan allocated D and H, respectively. Analysis of that tournament shows the winners of Group A could not meet their counterparts from Group H until the semi-final and their counterparts from D until the final, while the co-hosts could not meet until the final irrespective of whether they won their groups. That was the last World Cup at which the holders qualified by right, but the pattern nevertheless continued of hosts and holders being kept apart if they won their groups. The Telegraph was unable to locate details of the draw system used for the 2006 tournament but the equivalent webpages for those in 2010, 2014 and 2018 only refer to the hosts being in the top position in Group A and the seven other seeded countries - including the holders - occupying the top spots in Groups B to H. Fifa said it had no record of draw procedures for World Cups pre-dating 1998, but the phenomenon discovered by the Telegraph goes back to 1974. World Cup draws At the tournament immediately prior to that, holders England and hosts Mexico could have met in the semi-finals had both won their groups. The same would have been the case in 1966 when England were hosts and Brazil defending champions. At the 1990 World Cup, the top-six seeds were assigned to Groups A to F in order, but that still meant hosts Italy would not have played holders Argentina until the final had the latter won their group. The Telegraph has found a similar pattern when analysing the potential route to the final of every country to host the European Championship. European Championship draws Since the tournament expanded to 16 teams at Euro 96, only on one occasion would the holders have been able to meet a host before the final had both won their groups. That was when Poland and Ukraine co-hosted Euro 2012, at which the host nations would not have been able to meet before the final had they topped their groups. Asked about the trend, Uefa pointed out the defending champions had never automatically qualified for its flagship tournament and neither was there any certainty where participating teams would finish in a group. When it comes to the World Cup, meanwhile, each group-stage draw is already engineered to a degree, with countries from the same confederation kept apart other than those from Europe. The host nation at major tournaments also tend to enjoy preferential treatment over where they play their group matches, with England placed in the ‘London group’ at both the 1966 World Cup and Euro 96, ensuring they would play all their games at Wembley.
Gareth Southgate insisted on Thursday that it is "not the end" for Joe Hart with England but that the form of other goalkeepers left no place for him in the World Cup squad. Hart was the odd man out on Wednesday as Jordan Pickford, Jack Butland and Nick Pope earned selection for this summer's trip to Russia. And Southgate said on Thursday: "Of course it was a difficult call. He played in most of our qualifying matches, he's been a big part of the England team the last few years and he's a valued member of the squad. "But in the end I've got to look at performances over the last 18 months with their clubs and the three lads we picked were the three best goalkeepers in the league this year." Asked about Hart's future prospects, he added: "I pick players on form and if he's playing well for his club, why wouldn't we select him? Joe Hart (L) has been replaced by the likes of Jordan Pickford (R) Credit: Getty Images "There's no reason for this to be the end. He has an important career decision this summer and I hope he can be back at his very best." Butland, Pickford and the uncapped Pope have won just nine caps between them but Southgate has no concerns. "They are the best three English goalkeepers we have in the league," said Southgate. "We are not picking young players because they are young and we are trying to buy ourselves time. "We believe they are the best in their positions for the way we want to play. With the goalkeepers they have been the best three. "OK, maybe it's brave to take players without a number of caps, but we have to give these guys belief. "We're picking them not because they're young, but because they are the best in their positions. We know they're not the finished article. Southgate (R) is a huge fan of Adam Lallana (L) Credit: AFP "That's where we are at the moment. As a country we pick from 33 per cent of the (Premier League). It is quite a unique situation." Southgate also suggested that Adam Lallana could yet make the squad after being initially named on the stand-by list. "I've had continual dialogue with Adam throughout the season, close and personal conversations," Southgate said. "It has been a frustrating season for him. Under normal circumstances he wouldn't be anywhere near the squad but he is a player we have a lot of time for." "Maybe if we give him 10 days and who knows what happens. "He might have a big impact in the Champions League final and we have an issue (an injury). The reality of the conversations have had with him is that to find performances on the back of the limited minutes will be really difficult." 11:31AM That's your lot Typically level-headed, Gareth is done. The main takeaways are that: Lallana could yet make the squad The door is still open for Hart long-term Wilshere and Hart's omission from stand-by list was Southgate's decision Credit: Getty Images 11:27AM Magic moments Why did Klopp rather than Southgate tell TAA he had made the squad? "It is nice for them to be able to tell their players. When you can deliver news like that I think it is a special moment." He adds that he said to Klopp: "You can deliver the good news, I’ll deliver the bad, horrible phone calls." 11:24AM Bromance Are you worried about club cliques? "It didn't happen in 96 when we got to a semi-final. It certainly wasn't an issue. I started to see it a little bit towards the end of my time with England. I don't see it with this group. Most of these lads have grown up together in the youth teams." He then adds: "You rarely see Jesse [Lingard] and Marcus [Rashford] when they are not holding hands or doing something!" 11:21AM Demons Did you deliberately take players with no previous experience of tournament failure? "I don't think it was essential but it can be of benefit." 11:20AM Hurdles to overcome Sessegnon? "We know all of the young players, Sancho, Foden as well. Super young players coming through but the hurdles to overcome to be in that position - people like Trent and Ruben have fulfilled many of those steps. The other guys - I don't think we'd be helping their own development." 11:18AM Learning lessons Tempted to recall James Milner, who is retired from international football? "I remember one previous England manager got players who had retired from international football to play. I don't think that was roundly received as being a good idea". Southgate appears to be referring here to Fabio Capello and the 2010 World Cup. Southgate adds: "I'm a big fan of James and tried to sign him previously." 11:14AM Jon-no Why no Shelvey? "We know all of the English players in the league, their strengths and their weaknesses. We assess someone on the way we want to play, in terms of temperament, Gerrard, Vieira, Keane have more red cards than anyone, it wouldn't be a primary factor." 11:12AM Special case - Southgate's a big fan On dropping Lallana: "I've had continual dialogue with Adam throughout the season, close and personal conversations, It has been a frustrating season for him. Under normal circumstances he wouldn't be anywhere near the squad but he is a player we have a lot of time for." 11:12AM TAA On Alexander-Arnold:"He is the next-best English full-back in the league. It looks like he will be playing in the Champions League final and he was involved in our junior teams, he is a player I know." 11:10AM Rolling the dice Is it a risk picking three such inexperienced goalkeepers? "They're the best three English goalkeepers we have. We're not picking young and inexperienced players to buy ourselves some time. We're picking them because we believe they're the best three players in their position." 11:08AM First reserves Did Hart and Wilshere decide themselves not to be on stand-by list? "No, it was my decision. Once you make a call, particularly with senior players, then you have to look at the standby list as a separate entity." 11:07AM J-axed On Wilshere: "Jack had a good spell in the lead up to Christmas and just after. He was not as effective towards the end of the season." 11:06AM Consummate pro "Hart took the news very professionally. Of course very disappointed, as was Ryan Bertrand, who has also been involved in the qualifiers. "Hopefully I'll get the chance to talk to them in more detail about it at a later date. I know as a player it's good to talk it through in a few months time. "Joe could definitely play for England in the future. I've picked players on form." 11:04AM Hart-breaker Why he dropped Joe Hart: A very big decision. He's been a big part of the team and the squad but I have to look at performances over last 18 months. The three goalkeepers I've picked have been the three best goalkeepers in the Premier League this season. 11:02AM We're under way Southgate has begun...(there's a video stream above so you can see it in all its glory). 10:52AM Paul Hayward's take Our chief sports writer was upbeat about Southgate's squad, and wrote in today's paper that: Those of us who have given up on England several times – most recently in 2010 and 2016 – are struck by a strange rekindling of interest. Gareth Southgate’s bold squad selection is unlikely to bring the World Cup here from Russia but at least there is a sense of renewal. England squad: A bold selection with a clear sense of direction 10:40AM Play Gareth Who would you pick for England's opener against Tunisia? You can have a go below, which currently includes my team for what it's worth: England Formation Builder 10:26AM Preamble Morning all, Gareth Southgate will be up in about half an hour. In the meantime, have a read of the below which breaks down just how young, inexperienced (and exciting?) this England squad is. England will go into this summer's World Cup with one of their youngest ever major tournament squads - and with an eye-catching lack of experience in goal. Gareth Southgate's 23-man group was announced on Wednesday, with an average age of 26 years and 18 days making it the third-youngest squad to represent England at a World Cup. The situation is particularly noticeable when it comes to England's last line of defence, where Joe Hart's omission leaves 25-year-old Jack Butland, Jordan Pickford, 24, and uncapped 26-year-old Nick Pope who have made only nine international appearances between them. There are warm-up games against Nigeria and Costa Rica for the trio to add to that tally, but their current total does not even match the average caps among England's trio of keepers at any other tournament this century. England squad | World Cup 2018 Even at Euro 2004, when the goalkeepers averaged 11 caps and first-choice David James had just 24 to his name, back-ups Paul Robinson and Ian Walker went into the tournament with nine caps between them. Hart had 22 caps and Rob Green 12 going into Euro 2012, with Butland then uncapped. In the World Cups of 2002 and 2010 England's starting keeper had at least a half-century of caps, while Hart had 41 going into the 2014 tournament and James had 34 to Robinson's 21 in 2006. The European Championships of 2000 and 2016 saw David Seaman and Hart respectively in the 50s. The surprise selection of Liverpool's 19-year-old full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold, meanwhile, helped bring down the average age of this year's party - only in 2006 and 1958 have England gone into a World Cup with a younger squad. Marcus Rashford's established presence in the squad belies the fact he will not turn 21 until next season while Dele Alli and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are just 22, Raheem Sterling is 23 and Eric Dier, John Stones and Jordan Pickford are 24. Trent Alexander-Arnold is one of many youngsters in the squad Credit: Getty Images The 1958 squad had an average age of 25 years and 81 days, with half of the 22 players aged 23 or younger, while in 2006 the average age was 25 years and 286 days after shock call-up Theo Walcott went into the tournament aged 17 years and 85 days. The Euro 2016 squad, with Rashford still 18 and Alli having turned 20 only around two months before the tournament, was also slightly younger than Southgate's selection this time around at 25 and 307 days, making 2018 England's fourth-youngest squad for any major tournament. Gary Cahill's seven appearances at major tournaments - four at Euro 2016 and three in the previous World Cup - are the most for any player in Southgate's group after Hart, with his 10 tournament appearances, was jettisoned. Danny Welbeck is surprisingly second in that list, matching Sterling for six appearances but with more time on the pitch.
Gareth Southgate leaves door open for Joe Hart England recall and hints that Adam Lallana could yet make World Cup squad
Gareth Southgate insisted on Thursday that it is "not the end" for Joe Hart with England but that the form of other goalkeepers left no place for him in the World Cup squad. Hart was the odd man out on Wednesday as Jordan Pickford, Jack Butland and Nick Pope earned selection for this summer's trip to Russia. And Southgate said on Thursday: "Of course it was a difficult call. He played in most of our qualifying matches, he's been a big part of the England team the last few years and he's a valued member of the squad. "But in the end I've got to look at performances over the last 18 months with their clubs and the three lads we picked were the three best goalkeepers in the league this year." Asked about Hart's future prospects, he added: "I pick players on form and if he's playing well for his club, why wouldn't we select him? Joe Hart (L) has been replaced by the likes of Jordan Pickford (R) Credit: Getty Images "There's no reason for this to be the end. He has an important career decision this summer and I hope he can be back at his very best." Butland, Pickford and the uncapped Pope have won just nine caps between them but Southgate has no concerns. "They are the best three English goalkeepers we have in the league," said Southgate. "We are not picking young players because they are young and we are trying to buy ourselves time. "We believe they are the best in their positions for the way we want to play. With the goalkeepers they have been the best three. "OK, maybe it's brave to take players without a number of caps, but we have to give these guys belief. "We're picking them not because they're young, but because they are the best in their positions. We know they're not the finished article. Southgate (R) is a huge fan of Adam Lallana (L) Credit: AFP "That's where we are at the moment. As a country we pick from 33 per cent of the (Premier League). It is quite a unique situation." Southgate also suggested that Adam Lallana could yet make the squad after being initially named on the stand-by list. "I've had continual dialogue with Adam throughout the season, close and personal conversations," Southgate said. "It has been a frustrating season for him. Under normal circumstances he wouldn't be anywhere near the squad but he is a player we have a lot of time for." "Maybe if we give him 10 days and who knows what happens. "He might have a big impact in the Champions League final and we have an issue (an injury). The reality of the conversations have had with him is that to find performances on the back of the limited minutes will be really difficult." 11:31AM That's your lot Typically level-headed, Gareth is done. The main takeaways are that: Lallana could yet make the squad The door is still open for Hart long-term Wilshere and Hart's omission from stand-by list was Southgate's decision Credit: Getty Images 11:27AM Magic moments Why did Klopp rather than Southgate tell TAA he had made the squad? "It is nice for them to be able to tell their players. When you can deliver news like that I think it is a special moment." He adds that he said to Klopp: "You can deliver the good news, I’ll deliver the bad, horrible phone calls." 11:24AM Bromance Are you worried about club cliques? "It didn't happen in 96 when we got to a semi-final. It certainly wasn't an issue. I started to see it a little bit towards the end of my time with England. I don't see it with this group. Most of these lads have grown up together in the youth teams." He then adds: "You rarely see Jesse [Lingard] and Marcus [Rashford] when they are not holding hands or doing something!" 11:21AM Demons Did you deliberately take players with no previous experience of tournament failure? "I don't think it was essential but it can be of benefit." 11:20AM Hurdles to overcome Sessegnon? "We know all of the young players, Sancho, Foden as well. Super young players coming through but the hurdles to overcome to be in that position - people like Trent and Ruben have fulfilled many of those steps. The other guys - I don't think we'd be helping their own development." 11:18AM Learning lessons Tempted to recall James Milner, who is retired from international football? "I remember one previous England manager got players who had retired from international football to play. I don't think that was roundly received as being a good idea". Southgate appears to be referring here to Fabio Capello and the 2010 World Cup. Southgate adds: "I'm a big fan of James and tried to sign him previously." 11:14AM Jon-no Why no Shelvey? "We know all of the English players in the league, their strengths and their weaknesses. We assess someone on the way we want to play, in terms of temperament, Gerrard, Vieira, Keane have more red cards than anyone, it wouldn't be a primary factor." 11:12AM Special case - Southgate's a big fan On dropping Lallana: "I've had continual dialogue with Adam throughout the season, close and personal conversations, It has been a frustrating season for him. Under normal circumstances he wouldn't be anywhere near the squad but he is a player we have a lot of time for." 11:12AM TAA On Alexander-Arnold:"He is the next-best English full-back in the league. It looks like he will be playing in the Champions League final and he was involved in our junior teams, he is a player I know." 11:10AM Rolling the dice Is it a risk picking three such inexperienced goalkeepers? "They're the best three English goalkeepers we have. We're not picking young and inexperienced players to buy ourselves some time. We're picking them because we believe they're the best three players in their position." 11:08AM First reserves Did Hart and Wilshere decide themselves not to be on stand-by list? "No, it was my decision. Once you make a call, particularly with senior players, then you have to look at the standby list as a separate entity." 11:07AM J-axed On Wilshere: "Jack had a good spell in the lead up to Christmas and just after. He was not as effective towards the end of the season." 11:06AM Consummate pro "Hart took the news very professionally. Of course very disappointed, as was Ryan Bertrand, who has also been involved in the qualifiers. "Hopefully I'll get the chance to talk to them in more detail about it at a later date. I know as a player it's good to talk it through in a few months time. "Joe could definitely play for England in the future. I've picked players on form." 11:04AM Hart-breaker Why he dropped Joe Hart: A very big decision. He's been a big part of the team and the squad but I have to look at performances over last 18 months. The three goalkeepers I've picked have been the three best goalkeepers in the Premier League this season. 11:02AM We're under way Southgate has begun...(there's a video stream above so you can see it in all its glory). 10:52AM Paul Hayward's take Our chief sports writer was upbeat about Southgate's squad, and wrote in today's paper that: Those of us who have given up on England several times – most recently in 2010 and 2016 – are struck by a strange rekindling of interest. Gareth Southgate’s bold squad selection is unlikely to bring the World Cup here from Russia but at least there is a sense of renewal. England squad: A bold selection with a clear sense of direction 10:40AM Play Gareth Who would you pick for England's opener against Tunisia? You can have a go below, which currently includes my team for what it's worth: England Formation Builder 10:26AM Preamble Morning all, Gareth Southgate will be up in about half an hour. In the meantime, have a read of the below which breaks down just how young, inexperienced (and exciting?) this England squad is. England will go into this summer's World Cup with one of their youngest ever major tournament squads - and with an eye-catching lack of experience in goal. Gareth Southgate's 23-man group was announced on Wednesday, with an average age of 26 years and 18 days making it the third-youngest squad to represent England at a World Cup. The situation is particularly noticeable when it comes to England's last line of defence, where Joe Hart's omission leaves 25-year-old Jack Butland, Jordan Pickford, 24, and uncapped 26-year-old Nick Pope who have made only nine international appearances between them. There are warm-up games against Nigeria and Costa Rica for the trio to add to that tally, but their current total does not even match the average caps among England's trio of keepers at any other tournament this century. England squad | World Cup 2018 Even at Euro 2004, when the goalkeepers averaged 11 caps and first-choice David James had just 24 to his name, back-ups Paul Robinson and Ian Walker went into the tournament with nine caps between them. Hart had 22 caps and Rob Green 12 going into Euro 2012, with Butland then uncapped. In the World Cups of 2002 and 2010 England's starting keeper had at least a half-century of caps, while Hart had 41 going into the 2014 tournament and James had 34 to Robinson's 21 in 2006. The European Championships of 2000 and 2016 saw David Seaman and Hart respectively in the 50s. The surprise selection of Liverpool's 19-year-old full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold, meanwhile, helped bring down the average age of this year's party - only in 2006 and 1958 have England gone into a World Cup with a younger squad. Marcus Rashford's established presence in the squad belies the fact he will not turn 21 until next season while Dele Alli and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are just 22, Raheem Sterling is 23 and Eric Dier, John Stones and Jordan Pickford are 24. Trent Alexander-Arnold is one of many youngsters in the squad Credit: Getty Images The 1958 squad had an average age of 25 years and 81 days, with half of the 22 players aged 23 or younger, while in 2006 the average age was 25 years and 286 days after shock call-up Theo Walcott went into the tournament aged 17 years and 85 days. The Euro 2016 squad, with Rashford still 18 and Alli having turned 20 only around two months before the tournament, was also slightly younger than Southgate's selection this time around at 25 and 307 days, making 2018 England's fourth-youngest squad for any major tournament. Gary Cahill's seven appearances at major tournaments - four at Euro 2016 and three in the previous World Cup - are the most for any player in Southgate's group after Hart, with his 10 tournament appearances, was jettisoned. Danny Welbeck is surprisingly second in that list, matching Sterling for six appearances but with more time on the pitch.
Gareth Southgate insisted on Thursday that it is "not the end" for Joe Hart with England but that the form of other goalkeepers left no place for him in the World Cup squad. Hart was the odd man out on Wednesday as Jordan Pickford, Jack Butland and Nick Pope earned selection for this summer's trip to Russia. And Southgate said on Thursday: "Of course it was a difficult call. He played in most of our qualifying matches, he's been a big part of the England team the last few years and he's a valued member of the squad. "But in the end I've got to look at performances over the last 18 months with their clubs and the three lads we picked were the three best goalkeepers in the league this year." Asked about Hart's future prospects, he added: "I pick players on form and if he's playing well for his club, why wouldn't we select him? Joe Hart (L) has been replaced by the likes of Jordan Pickford (R) Credit: Getty Images "There's no reason for this to be the end. He has an important career decision this summer and I hope he can be back at his very best." Butland, Pickford and the uncapped Pope have won just nine caps between them but Southgate has no concerns. "They are the best three English goalkeepers we have in the league," said Southgate. "We are not picking young players because they are young and we are trying to buy ourselves time. "We believe they are the best in their positions for the way we want to play. With the goalkeepers they have been the best three. "OK, maybe it's brave to take players without a number of caps, but we have to give these guys belief. "We're picking them not because they're young, but because they are the best in their positions. We know they're not the finished article. Southgate (R) is a huge fan of Adam Lallana (L) Credit: AFP "That's where we are at the moment. As a country we pick from 33 per cent of the (Premier League). It is quite a unique situation." Southgate also suggested that Adam Lallana could yet make the squad after being initially named on the stand-by list. "I've had continual dialogue with Adam throughout the season, close and personal conversations," Southgate said. "It has been a frustrating season for him. Under normal circumstances he wouldn't be anywhere near the squad but he is a player we have a lot of time for." "Maybe if we give him 10 days and who knows what happens. "He might have a big impact in the Champions League final and we have an issue (an injury). The reality of the conversations have had with him is that to find performances on the back of the limited minutes will be really difficult." 11:31AM That's your lot Typically level-headed, Gareth is done. The main takeaways are that: Lallana could yet make the squad The door is still open for Hart long-term Wilshere and Hart's omission from stand-by list was Southgate's decision Credit: Getty Images 11:27AM Magic moments Why did Klopp rather than Southgate tell TAA he had made the squad? "It is nice for them to be able to tell their players. When you can deliver news like that I think it is a special moment." He adds that he said to Klopp: "You can deliver the good news, I’ll deliver the bad, horrible phone calls." 11:24AM Bromance Are you worried about club cliques? "It didn't happen in 96 when we got to a semi-final. It certainly wasn't an issue. I started to see it a little bit towards the end of my time with England. I don't see it with this group. Most of these lads have grown up together in the youth teams." He then adds: "You rarely see Jesse [Lingard] and Marcus [Rashford] when they are not holding hands or doing something!" 11:21AM Demons Did you deliberately take players with no previous experience of tournament failure? "I don't think it was essential but it can be of benefit." 11:20AM Hurdles to overcome Sessegnon? "We know all of the young players, Sancho, Foden as well. Super young players coming through but the hurdles to overcome to be in that position - people like Trent and Ruben have fulfilled many of those steps. The other guys - I don't think we'd be helping their own development." 11:18AM Learning lessons Tempted to recall James Milner, who is retired from international football? "I remember one previous England manager got players who had retired from international football to play. I don't think that was roundly received as being a good idea". Southgate appears to be referring here to Fabio Capello and the 2010 World Cup. Southgate adds: "I'm a big fan of James and tried to sign him previously." 11:14AM Jon-no Why no Shelvey? "We know all of the English players in the league, their strengths and their weaknesses. We assess someone on the way we want to play, in terms of temperament, Gerrard, Vieira, Keane have more red cards than anyone, it wouldn't be a primary factor." 11:12AM Special case - Southgate's a big fan On dropping Lallana: "I've had continual dialogue with Adam throughout the season, close and personal conversations, It has been a frustrating season for him. Under normal circumstances he wouldn't be anywhere near the squad but he is a player we have a lot of time for." 11:12AM TAA On Alexander-Arnold:"He is the next-best English full-back in the league. It looks like he will be playing in the Champions League final and he was involved in our junior teams, he is a player I know." 11:10AM Rolling the dice Is it a risk picking three such inexperienced goalkeepers? "They're the best three English goalkeepers we have. We're not picking young and inexperienced players to buy ourselves some time. We're picking them because we believe they're the best three players in their position." 11:08AM First reserves Did Hart and Wilshere decide themselves not to be on stand-by list? "No, it was my decision. Once you make a call, particularly with senior players, then you have to look at the standby list as a separate entity." 11:07AM J-axed On Wilshere: "Jack had a good spell in the lead up to Christmas and just after. He was not as effective towards the end of the season." 11:06AM Consummate pro "Hart took the news very professionally. Of course very disappointed, as was Ryan Bertrand, who has also been involved in the qualifiers. "Hopefully I'll get the chance to talk to them in more detail about it at a later date. I know as a player it's good to talk it through in a few months time. "Joe could definitely play for England in the future. I've picked players on form." 11:04AM Hart-breaker Why he dropped Joe Hart: A very big decision. He's been a big part of the team and the squad but I have to look at performances over last 18 months. The three goalkeepers I've picked have been the three best goalkeepers in the Premier League this season. 11:02AM We're under way Southgate has begun...(there's a video stream above so you can see it in all its glory). 10:52AM Paul Hayward's take Our chief sports writer was upbeat about Southgate's squad, and wrote in today's paper that: Those of us who have given up on England several times – most recently in 2010 and 2016 – are struck by a strange rekindling of interest. Gareth Southgate’s bold squad selection is unlikely to bring the World Cup here from Russia but at least there is a sense of renewal. England squad: A bold selection with a clear sense of direction 10:40AM Play Gareth Who would you pick for England's opener against Tunisia? You can have a go below, which currently includes my team for what it's worth: England Formation Builder 10:26AM Preamble Morning all, Gareth Southgate will be up in about half an hour. In the meantime, have a read of the below which breaks down just how young, inexperienced (and exciting?) this England squad is. England will go into this summer's World Cup with one of their youngest ever major tournament squads - and with an eye-catching lack of experience in goal. Gareth Southgate's 23-man group was announced on Wednesday, with an average age of 26 years and 18 days making it the third-youngest squad to represent England at a World Cup. The situation is particularly noticeable when it comes to England's last line of defence, where Joe Hart's omission leaves 25-year-old Jack Butland, Jordan Pickford, 24, and uncapped 26-year-old Nick Pope who have made only nine international appearances between them. There are warm-up games against Nigeria and Costa Rica for the trio to add to that tally, but their current total does not even match the average caps among England's trio of keepers at any other tournament this century. England squad | World Cup 2018 Even at Euro 2004, when the goalkeepers averaged 11 caps and first-choice David James had just 24 to his name, back-ups Paul Robinson and Ian Walker went into the tournament with nine caps between them. Hart had 22 caps and Rob Green 12 going into Euro 2012, with Butland then uncapped. In the World Cups of 2002 and 2010 England's starting keeper had at least a half-century of caps, while Hart had 41 going into the 2014 tournament and James had 34 to Robinson's 21 in 2006. The European Championships of 2000 and 2016 saw David Seaman and Hart respectively in the 50s. The surprise selection of Liverpool's 19-year-old full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold, meanwhile, helped bring down the average age of this year's party - only in 2006 and 1958 have England gone into a World Cup with a younger squad. Marcus Rashford's established presence in the squad belies the fact he will not turn 21 until next season while Dele Alli and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are just 22, Raheem Sterling is 23 and Eric Dier, John Stones and Jordan Pickford are 24. Trent Alexander-Arnold is one of many youngsters in the squad Credit: Getty Images The 1958 squad had an average age of 25 years and 81 days, with half of the 22 players aged 23 or younger, while in 2006 the average age was 25 years and 286 days after shock call-up Theo Walcott went into the tournament aged 17 years and 85 days. The Euro 2016 squad, with Rashford still 18 and Alli having turned 20 only around two months before the tournament, was also slightly younger than Southgate's selection this time around at 25 and 307 days, making 2018 England's fourth-youngest squad for any major tournament. Gary Cahill's seven appearances at major tournaments - four at Euro 2016 and three in the previous World Cup - are the most for any player in Southgate's group after Hart, with his 10 tournament appearances, was jettisoned. Danny Welbeck is surprisingly second in that list, matching Sterling for six appearances but with more time on the pitch.
Gareth Southgate leaves door open for Joe Hart England recall and hints that Adam Lallana could yet make World Cup squad
Gareth Southgate insisted on Thursday that it is "not the end" for Joe Hart with England but that the form of other goalkeepers left no place for him in the World Cup squad. Hart was the odd man out on Wednesday as Jordan Pickford, Jack Butland and Nick Pope earned selection for this summer's trip to Russia. And Southgate said on Thursday: "Of course it was a difficult call. He played in most of our qualifying matches, he's been a big part of the England team the last few years and he's a valued member of the squad. "But in the end I've got to look at performances over the last 18 months with their clubs and the three lads we picked were the three best goalkeepers in the league this year." Asked about Hart's future prospects, he added: "I pick players on form and if he's playing well for his club, why wouldn't we select him? Joe Hart (L) has been replaced by the likes of Jordan Pickford (R) Credit: Getty Images "There's no reason for this to be the end. He has an important career decision this summer and I hope he can be back at his very best." Butland, Pickford and the uncapped Pope have won just nine caps between them but Southgate has no concerns. "They are the best three English goalkeepers we have in the league," said Southgate. "We are not picking young players because they are young and we are trying to buy ourselves time. "We believe they are the best in their positions for the way we want to play. With the goalkeepers they have been the best three. "OK, maybe it's brave to take players without a number of caps, but we have to give these guys belief. "We're picking them not because they're young, but because they are the best in their positions. We know they're not the finished article. Southgate (R) is a huge fan of Adam Lallana (L) Credit: AFP "That's where we are at the moment. As a country we pick from 33 per cent of the (Premier League). It is quite a unique situation." Southgate also suggested that Adam Lallana could yet make the squad after being initially named on the stand-by list. "I've had continual dialogue with Adam throughout the season, close and personal conversations," Southgate said. "It has been a frustrating season for him. Under normal circumstances he wouldn't be anywhere near the squad but he is a player we have a lot of time for." "Maybe if we give him 10 days and who knows what happens. "He might have a big impact in the Champions League final and we have an issue (an injury). The reality of the conversations have had with him is that to find performances on the back of the limited minutes will be really difficult." 11:31AM That's your lot Typically level-headed, Gareth is done. The main takeaways are that: Lallana could yet make the squad The door is still open for Hart long-term Wilshere and Hart's omission from stand-by list was Southgate's decision Credit: Getty Images 11:27AM Magic moments Why did Klopp rather than Southgate tell TAA he had made the squad? "It is nice for them to be able to tell their players. When you can deliver news like that I think it is a special moment." He adds that he said to Klopp: "You can deliver the good news, I’ll deliver the bad, horrible phone calls." 11:24AM Bromance Are you worried about club cliques? "It didn't happen in 96 when we got to a semi-final. It certainly wasn't an issue. I started to see it a little bit towards the end of my time with England. I don't see it with this group. Most of these lads have grown up together in the youth teams." He then adds: "You rarely see Jesse [Lingard] and Marcus [Rashford] when they are not holding hands or doing something!" 11:21AM Demons Did you deliberately take players with no previous experience of tournament failure? "I don't think it was essential but it can be of benefit." 11:20AM Hurdles to overcome Sessegnon? "We know all of the young players, Sancho, Foden as well. Super young players coming through but the hurdles to overcome to be in that position - people like Trent and Ruben have fulfilled many of those steps. The other guys - I don't think we'd be helping their own development." 11:18AM Learning lessons Tempted to recall James Milner, who is retired from international football? "I remember one previous England manager got players who had retired from international football to play. I don't think that was roundly received as being a good idea". Southgate appears to be referring here to Fabio Capello and the 2010 World Cup. Southgate adds: "I'm a big fan of James and tried to sign him previously." 11:14AM Jon-no Why no Shelvey? "We know all of the English players in the league, their strengths and their weaknesses. We assess someone on the way we want to play, in terms of temperament, Gerrard, Vieira, Keane have more red cards than anyone, it wouldn't be a primary factor." 11:12AM Special case - Southgate's a big fan On dropping Lallana: "I've had continual dialogue with Adam throughout the season, close and personal conversations, It has been a frustrating season for him. Under normal circumstances he wouldn't be anywhere near the squad but he is a player we have a lot of time for." 11:12AM TAA On Alexander-Arnold:"He is the next-best English full-back in the league. It looks like he will be playing in the Champions League final and he was involved in our junior teams, he is a player I know." 11:10AM Rolling the dice Is it a risk picking three such inexperienced goalkeepers? "They're the best three English goalkeepers we have. We're not picking young and inexperienced players to buy ourselves some time. We're picking them because we believe they're the best three players in their position." 11:08AM First reserves Did Hart and Wilshere decide themselves not to be on stand-by list? "No, it was my decision. Once you make a call, particularly with senior players, then you have to look at the standby list as a separate entity." 11:07AM J-axed On Wilshere: "Jack had a good spell in the lead up to Christmas and just after. He was not as effective towards the end of the season." 11:06AM Consummate pro "Hart took the news very professionally. Of course very disappointed, as was Ryan Bertrand, who has also been involved in the qualifiers. "Hopefully I'll get the chance to talk to them in more detail about it at a later date. I know as a player it's good to talk it through in a few months time. "Joe could definitely play for England in the future. I've picked players on form." 11:04AM Hart-breaker Why he dropped Joe Hart: A very big decision. He's been a big part of the team and the squad but I have to look at performances over last 18 months. The three goalkeepers I've picked have been the three best goalkeepers in the Premier League this season. 11:02AM We're under way Southgate has begun...(there's a video stream above so you can see it in all its glory). 10:52AM Paul Hayward's take Our chief sports writer was upbeat about Southgate's squad, and wrote in today's paper that: Those of us who have given up on England several times – most recently in 2010 and 2016 – are struck by a strange rekindling of interest. Gareth Southgate’s bold squad selection is unlikely to bring the World Cup here from Russia but at least there is a sense of renewal. England squad: A bold selection with a clear sense of direction 10:40AM Play Gareth Who would you pick for England's opener against Tunisia? You can have a go below, which currently includes my team for what it's worth: England Formation Builder 10:26AM Preamble Morning all, Gareth Southgate will be up in about half an hour. In the meantime, have a read of the below which breaks down just how young, inexperienced (and exciting?) this England squad is. England will go into this summer's World Cup with one of their youngest ever major tournament squads - and with an eye-catching lack of experience in goal. Gareth Southgate's 23-man group was announced on Wednesday, with an average age of 26 years and 18 days making it the third-youngest squad to represent England at a World Cup. The situation is particularly noticeable when it comes to England's last line of defence, where Joe Hart's omission leaves 25-year-old Jack Butland, Jordan Pickford, 24, and uncapped 26-year-old Nick Pope who have made only nine international appearances between them. There are warm-up games against Nigeria and Costa Rica for the trio to add to that tally, but their current total does not even match the average caps among England's trio of keepers at any other tournament this century. England squad | World Cup 2018 Even at Euro 2004, when the goalkeepers averaged 11 caps and first-choice David James had just 24 to his name, back-ups Paul Robinson and Ian Walker went into the tournament with nine caps between them. Hart had 22 caps and Rob Green 12 going into Euro 2012, with Butland then uncapped. In the World Cups of 2002 and 2010 England's starting keeper had at least a half-century of caps, while Hart had 41 going into the 2014 tournament and James had 34 to Robinson's 21 in 2006. The European Championships of 2000 and 2016 saw David Seaman and Hart respectively in the 50s. The surprise selection of Liverpool's 19-year-old full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold, meanwhile, helped bring down the average age of this year's party - only in 2006 and 1958 have England gone into a World Cup with a younger squad. Marcus Rashford's established presence in the squad belies the fact he will not turn 21 until next season while Dele Alli and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are just 22, Raheem Sterling is 23 and Eric Dier, John Stones and Jordan Pickford are 24. Trent Alexander-Arnold is one of many youngsters in the squad Credit: Getty Images The 1958 squad had an average age of 25 years and 81 days, with half of the 22 players aged 23 or younger, while in 2006 the average age was 25 years and 286 days after shock call-up Theo Walcott went into the tournament aged 17 years and 85 days. The Euro 2016 squad, with Rashford still 18 and Alli having turned 20 only around two months before the tournament, was also slightly younger than Southgate's selection this time around at 25 and 307 days, making 2018 England's fourth-youngest squad for any major tournament. Gary Cahill's seven appearances at major tournaments - four at Euro 2016 and three in the previous World Cup - are the most for any player in Southgate's group after Hart, with his 10 tournament appearances, was jettisoned. Danny Welbeck is surprisingly second in that list, matching Sterling for six appearances but with more time on the pitch.
Gareth Southgate insisted on Thursday that it is "not the end" for Joe Hart with England but that the form of other goalkeepers left no place for him in the World Cup squad. Hart was the odd man out on Wednesday as Jordan Pickford, Jack Butland and Nick Pope earned selection for this summer's trip to Russia. And Southgate said on Thursday: "Of course it was a difficult call. He played in most of our qualifying matches, he's been a big part of the England team the last few years and he's a valued member of the squad. "But in the end I've got to look at performances over the last 18 months with their clubs and the three lads we picked were the three best goalkeepers in the league this year." Asked about Hart's future prospects, he added: "I pick players on form and if he's playing well for his club, why wouldn't we select him? Joe Hart (L) has been replaced by the likes of Jordan Pickford (R) Credit: Getty Images "There's no reason for this to be the end. He has an important career decision this summer and I hope he can be back at his very best." Butland, Pickford and the uncapped Pope have won just nine caps between them but Southgate has no concerns. "They are the best three English goalkeepers we have in the league," said Southgate. "We are not picking young players because they are young and we are trying to buy ourselves time. "We believe they are the best in their positions for the way we want to play. With the goalkeepers they have been the best three. "OK, maybe it's brave to take players without a number of caps, but we have to give these guys belief. "We're picking them not because they're young, but because they are the best in their positions. We know they're not the finished article. Southgate (R) is a huge fan of Adam Lallana (L) Credit: AFP "That's where we are at the moment. As a country we pick from 33 per cent of the (Premier League). It is quite a unique situation." Southgate also suggested that Adam Lallana could yet make the squad after being initially named on the stand-by list. "I've had continual dialogue with Adam throughout the season, close and personal conversations," Southgate said. "It has been a frustrating season for him. Under normal circumstances he wouldn't be anywhere near the squad but he is a player we have a lot of time for." "Maybe if we give him 10 days and who knows what happens. "He might have a big impact in the Champions League final and we have an issue (an injury). The reality of the conversations have had with him is that to find performances on the back of the limited minutes will be really difficult." 11:31AM That's your lot Typically level-headed, Gareth is done. The main takeaways are that: Lallana could yet make the squad The door is still open for Hart long-term Wilshere and Hart's omission from stand-by list was Southgate's decision Credit: Getty Images 11:27AM Magic moments Why did Klopp rather than Southgate tell TAA he had made the squad? "It is nice for them to be able to tell their players. When you can deliver news like that I think it is a special moment." He adds that he said to Klopp: "You can deliver the good news, I’ll deliver the bad, horrible phone calls." 11:24AM Bromance Are you worried about club cliques? "It didn't happen in 96 when we got to a semi-final. It certainly wasn't an issue. I started to see it a little bit towards the end of my time with England. I don't see it with this group. Most of these lads have grown up together in the youth teams." He then adds: "You rarely see Jesse [Lingard] and Marcus [Rashford] when they are not holding hands or doing something!" 11:21AM Demons Did you deliberately take players with no previous experience of tournament failure? "I don't think it was essential but it can be of benefit." 11:20AM Hurdles to overcome Sessegnon? "We know all of the young players, Sancho, Foden as well. Super young players coming through but the hurdles to overcome to be in that position - people like Trent and Ruben have fulfilled many of those steps. The other guys - I don't think we'd be helping their own development." 11:18AM Learning lessons Tempted to recall James Milner, who is retired from international football? "I remember one previous England manager got players who had retired from international football to play. I don't think that was roundly received as being a good idea". Southgate appears to be referring here to Fabio Capello and the 2010 World Cup. Southgate adds: "I'm a big fan of James and tried to sign him previously." 11:14AM Jon-no Why no Shelvey? "We know all of the English players in the league, their strengths and their weaknesses. We assess someone on the way we want to play, in terms of temperament, Gerrard, Vieira, Keane have more red cards than anyone, it wouldn't be a primary factor." 11:12AM Special case - Southgate's a big fan On dropping Lallana: "I've had continual dialogue with Adam throughout the season, close and personal conversations, It has been a frustrating season for him. Under normal circumstances he wouldn't be anywhere near the squad but he is a player we have a lot of time for." 11:12AM TAA On Alexander-Arnold:"He is the next-best English full-back in the league. It looks like he will be playing in the Champions League final and he was involved in our junior teams, he is a player I know." 11:10AM Rolling the dice Is it a risk picking three such inexperienced goalkeepers? "They're the best three English goalkeepers we have. We're not picking young and inexperienced players to buy ourselves some time. We're picking them because we believe they're the best three players in their position." 11:08AM First reserves Did Hart and Wilshere decide themselves not to be on stand-by list? "No, it was my decision. Once you make a call, particularly with senior players, then you have to look at the standby list as a separate entity." 11:07AM J-axed On Wilshere: "Jack had a good spell in the lead up to Christmas and just after. He was not as effective towards the end of the season." 11:06AM Consummate pro "Hart took the news very professionally. Of course very disappointed, as was Ryan Bertrand, who has also been involved in the qualifiers. "Hopefully I'll get the chance to talk to them in more detail about it at a later date. I know as a player it's good to talk it through in a few months time. "Joe could definitely play for England in the future. I've picked players on form." 11:04AM Hart-breaker Why he dropped Joe Hart: A very big decision. He's been a big part of the team and the squad but I have to look at performances over last 18 months. The three goalkeepers I've picked have been the three best goalkeepers in the Premier League this season. 11:02AM We're under way Southgate has begun...(there's a video stream above so you can see it in all its glory). 10:52AM Paul Hayward's take Our chief sports writer was upbeat about Southgate's squad, and wrote in today's paper that: Those of us who have given up on England several times – most recently in 2010 and 2016 – are struck by a strange rekindling of interest. Gareth Southgate’s bold squad selection is unlikely to bring the World Cup here from Russia but at least there is a sense of renewal. England squad: A bold selection with a clear sense of direction 10:40AM Play Gareth Who would you pick for England's opener against Tunisia? You can have a go below, which currently includes my team for what it's worth: England Formation Builder 10:26AM Preamble Morning all, Gareth Southgate will be up in about half an hour. In the meantime, have a read of the below which breaks down just how young, inexperienced (and exciting?) this England squad is. England will go into this summer's World Cup with one of their youngest ever major tournament squads - and with an eye-catching lack of experience in goal. Gareth Southgate's 23-man group was announced on Wednesday, with an average age of 26 years and 18 days making it the third-youngest squad to represent England at a World Cup. The situation is particularly noticeable when it comes to England's last line of defence, where Joe Hart's omission leaves 25-year-old Jack Butland, Jordan Pickford, 24, and uncapped 26-year-old Nick Pope who have made only nine international appearances between them. There are warm-up games against Nigeria and Costa Rica for the trio to add to that tally, but their current total does not even match the average caps among England's trio of keepers at any other tournament this century. England squad | World Cup 2018 Even at Euro 2004, when the goalkeepers averaged 11 caps and first-choice David James had just 24 to his name, back-ups Paul Robinson and Ian Walker went into the tournament with nine caps between them. Hart had 22 caps and Rob Green 12 going into Euro 2012, with Butland then uncapped. In the World Cups of 2002 and 2010 England's starting keeper had at least a half-century of caps, while Hart had 41 going into the 2014 tournament and James had 34 to Robinson's 21 in 2006. The European Championships of 2000 and 2016 saw David Seaman and Hart respectively in the 50s. The surprise selection of Liverpool's 19-year-old full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold, meanwhile, helped bring down the average age of this year's party - only in 2006 and 1958 have England gone into a World Cup with a younger squad. Marcus Rashford's established presence in the squad belies the fact he will not turn 21 until next season while Dele Alli and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are just 22, Raheem Sterling is 23 and Eric Dier, John Stones and Jordan Pickford are 24. Trent Alexander-Arnold is one of many youngsters in the squad Credit: Getty Images The 1958 squad had an average age of 25 years and 81 days, with half of the 22 players aged 23 or younger, while in 2006 the average age was 25 years and 286 days after shock call-up Theo Walcott went into the tournament aged 17 years and 85 days. The Euro 2016 squad, with Rashford still 18 and Alli having turned 20 only around two months before the tournament, was also slightly younger than Southgate's selection this time around at 25 and 307 days, making 2018 England's fourth-youngest squad for any major tournament. Gary Cahill's seven appearances at major tournaments - four at Euro 2016 and three in the previous World Cup - are the most for any player in Southgate's group after Hart, with his 10 tournament appearances, was jettisoned. Danny Welbeck is surprisingly second in that list, matching Sterling for six appearances but with more time on the pitch.
Gareth Southgate leaves door open for Joe Hart England recall and hints that Adam Lallana could yet make World Cup squad
Gareth Southgate insisted on Thursday that it is "not the end" for Joe Hart with England but that the form of other goalkeepers left no place for him in the World Cup squad. Hart was the odd man out on Wednesday as Jordan Pickford, Jack Butland and Nick Pope earned selection for this summer's trip to Russia. And Southgate said on Thursday: "Of course it was a difficult call. He played in most of our qualifying matches, he's been a big part of the England team the last few years and he's a valued member of the squad. "But in the end I've got to look at performances over the last 18 months with their clubs and the three lads we picked were the three best goalkeepers in the league this year." Asked about Hart's future prospects, he added: "I pick players on form and if he's playing well for his club, why wouldn't we select him? Joe Hart (L) has been replaced by the likes of Jordan Pickford (R) Credit: Getty Images "There's no reason for this to be the end. He has an important career decision this summer and I hope he can be back at his very best." Butland, Pickford and the uncapped Pope have won just nine caps between them but Southgate has no concerns. "They are the best three English goalkeepers we have in the league," said Southgate. "We are not picking young players because they are young and we are trying to buy ourselves time. "We believe they are the best in their positions for the way we want to play. With the goalkeepers they have been the best three. "OK, maybe it's brave to take players without a number of caps, but we have to give these guys belief. "We're picking them not because they're young, but because they are the best in their positions. We know they're not the finished article. Southgate (R) is a huge fan of Adam Lallana (L) Credit: AFP "That's where we are at the moment. As a country we pick from 33 per cent of the (Premier League). It is quite a unique situation." Southgate also suggested that Adam Lallana could yet make the squad after being initially named on the stand-by list. "I've had continual dialogue with Adam throughout the season, close and personal conversations," Southgate said. "It has been a frustrating season for him. Under normal circumstances he wouldn't be anywhere near the squad but he is a player we have a lot of time for." "Maybe if we give him 10 days and who knows what happens. "He might have a big impact in the Champions League final and we have an issue (an injury). The reality of the conversations have had with him is that to find performances on the back of the limited minutes will be really difficult." 11:31AM That's your lot Typically level-headed, Gareth is done. The main takeaways are that: Lallana could yet make the squad The door is still open for Hart long-term Wilshere and Hart's omission from stand-by list was Southgate's decision Credit: Getty Images 11:27AM Magic moments Why did Klopp rather than Southgate tell TAA he had made the squad? "It is nice for them to be able to tell their players. When you can deliver news like that I think it is a special moment." He adds that he said to Klopp: "You can deliver the good news, I’ll deliver the bad, horrible phone calls." 11:24AM Bromance Are you worried about club cliques? "It didn't happen in 96 when we got to a semi-final. It certainly wasn't an issue. I started to see it a little bit towards the end of my time with England. I don't see it with this group. Most of these lads have grown up together in the youth teams." He then adds: "You rarely see Jesse [Lingard] and Marcus [Rashford] when they are not holding hands or doing something!" 11:21AM Demons Did you deliberately take players with no previous experience of tournament failure? "I don't think it was essential but it can be of benefit." 11:20AM Hurdles to overcome Sessegnon? "We know all of the young players, Sancho, Foden as well. Super young players coming through but the hurdles to overcome to be in that position - people like Trent and Ruben have fulfilled many of those steps. The other guys - I don't think we'd be helping their own development." 11:18AM Learning lessons Tempted to recall James Milner, who is retired from international football? "I remember one previous England manager got players who had retired from international football to play. I don't think that was roundly received as being a good idea". Southgate appears to be referring here to Fabio Capello and the 2010 World Cup. Southgate adds: "I'm a big fan of James and tried to sign him previously." 11:14AM Jon-no Why no Shelvey? "We know all of the English players in the league, their strengths and their weaknesses. We assess someone on the way we want to play, in terms of temperament, Gerrard, Vieira, Keane have more red cards than anyone, it wouldn't be a primary factor." 11:12AM Special case - Southgate's a big fan On dropping Lallana: "I've had continual dialogue with Adam throughout the season, close and personal conversations, It has been a frustrating season for him. Under normal circumstances he wouldn't be anywhere near the squad but he is a player we have a lot of time for." 11:12AM TAA On Alexander-Arnold:"He is the next-best English full-back in the league. It looks like he will be playing in the Champions League final and he was involved in our junior teams, he is a player I know." 11:10AM Rolling the dice Is it a risk picking three such inexperienced goalkeepers? "They're the best three English goalkeepers we have. We're not picking young and inexperienced players to buy ourselves some time. We're picking them because we believe they're the best three players in their position." 11:08AM First reserves Did Hart and Wilshere decide themselves not to be on stand-by list? "No, it was my decision. Once you make a call, particularly with senior players, then you have to look at the standby list as a separate entity." 11:07AM J-axed On Wilshere: "Jack had a good spell in the lead up to Christmas and just after. He was not as effective towards the end of the season." 11:06AM Consummate pro "Hart took the news very professionally. Of course very disappointed, as was Ryan Bertrand, who has also been involved in the qualifiers. "Hopefully I'll get the chance to talk to them in more detail about it at a later date. I know as a player it's good to talk it through in a few months time. "Joe could definitely play for England in the future. I've picked players on form." 11:04AM Hart-breaker Why he dropped Joe Hart: A very big decision. He's been a big part of the team and the squad but I have to look at performances over last 18 months. The three goalkeepers I've picked have been the three best goalkeepers in the Premier League this season. 11:02AM We're under way Southgate has begun...(there's a video stream above so you can see it in all its glory). 10:52AM Paul Hayward's take Our chief sports writer was upbeat about Southgate's squad, and wrote in today's paper that: Those of us who have given up on England several times – most recently in 2010 and 2016 – are struck by a strange rekindling of interest. Gareth Southgate’s bold squad selection is unlikely to bring the World Cup here from Russia but at least there is a sense of renewal. England squad: A bold selection with a clear sense of direction 10:40AM Play Gareth Who would you pick for England's opener against Tunisia? You can have a go below, which currently includes my team for what it's worth: England Formation Builder 10:26AM Preamble Morning all, Gareth Southgate will be up in about half an hour. In the meantime, have a read of the below which breaks down just how young, inexperienced (and exciting?) this England squad is. England will go into this summer's World Cup with one of their youngest ever major tournament squads - and with an eye-catching lack of experience in goal. Gareth Southgate's 23-man group was announced on Wednesday, with an average age of 26 years and 18 days making it the third-youngest squad to represent England at a World Cup. The situation is particularly noticeable when it comes to England's last line of defence, where Joe Hart's omission leaves 25-year-old Jack Butland, Jordan Pickford, 24, and uncapped 26-year-old Nick Pope who have made only nine international appearances between them. There are warm-up games against Nigeria and Costa Rica for the trio to add to that tally, but their current total does not even match the average caps among England's trio of keepers at any other tournament this century. England squad | World Cup 2018 Even at Euro 2004, when the goalkeepers averaged 11 caps and first-choice David James had just 24 to his name, back-ups Paul Robinson and Ian Walker went into the tournament with nine caps between them. Hart had 22 caps and Rob Green 12 going into Euro 2012, with Butland then uncapped. In the World Cups of 2002 and 2010 England's starting keeper had at least a half-century of caps, while Hart had 41 going into the 2014 tournament and James had 34 to Robinson's 21 in 2006. The European Championships of 2000 and 2016 saw David Seaman and Hart respectively in the 50s. The surprise selection of Liverpool's 19-year-old full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold, meanwhile, helped bring down the average age of this year's party - only in 2006 and 1958 have England gone into a World Cup with a younger squad. Marcus Rashford's established presence in the squad belies the fact he will not turn 21 until next season while Dele Alli and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are just 22, Raheem Sterling is 23 and Eric Dier, John Stones and Jordan Pickford are 24. Trent Alexander-Arnold is one of many youngsters in the squad Credit: Getty Images The 1958 squad had an average age of 25 years and 81 days, with half of the 22 players aged 23 or younger, while in 2006 the average age was 25 years and 286 days after shock call-up Theo Walcott went into the tournament aged 17 years and 85 days. The Euro 2016 squad, with Rashford still 18 and Alli having turned 20 only around two months before the tournament, was also slightly younger than Southgate's selection this time around at 25 and 307 days, making 2018 England's fourth-youngest squad for any major tournament. Gary Cahill's seven appearances at major tournaments - four at Euro 2016 and three in the previous World Cup - are the most for any player in Southgate's group after Hart, with his 10 tournament appearances, was jettisoned. Danny Welbeck is surprisingly second in that list, matching Sterling for six appearances but with more time on the pitch.
Gareth Southgate insisted on Thursday that it is "not the end" for Joe Hart with England but that the form of other goalkeepers left no place for him in the World Cup squad. Hart was the odd man out on Wednesday as Jordan Pickford, Jack Butland and Nick Pope earned selection for this summer's trip to Russia. And Southgate said on Thursday: "Of course it was a difficult call. He played in most of our qualifying matches, he's been a big part of the England team the last few years and he's a valued member of the squad. "But in the end I've got to look at performances over the last 18 months with their clubs and the three lads we picked were the three best goalkeepers in the league this year." Asked about Hart's future prospects, he added: "I pick players on form and if he's playing well for his club, why wouldn't we select him? Joe Hart (L) has been replaced by the likes of Jordan Pickford (R) Credit: Getty Images "There's no reason for this to be the end. He has an important career decision this summer and I hope he can be back at his very best." Butland, Pickford and the uncapped Pope have won just nine caps between them but Southgate has no concerns. "They are the best three English goalkeepers we have in the league," said Southgate. "We are not picking young players because they are young and we are trying to buy ourselves time. "We believe they are the best in their positions for the way we want to play. With the goalkeepers they have been the best three. "OK, maybe it's brave to take players without a number of caps, but we have to give these guys belief. "We're picking them not because they're young, but because they are the best in their positions. We know they're not the finished article. Southgate (R) is a huge fan of Adam Lallana (L) Credit: AFP "That's where we are at the moment. As a country we pick from 33 per cent of the (Premier League). It is quite a unique situation." Southgate also suggested that Adam Lallana could yet make the squad after being initially named on the stand-by list. "I've had continual dialogue with Adam throughout the season, close and personal conversations," Southgate said. "It has been a frustrating season for him. Under normal circumstances he wouldn't be anywhere near the squad but he is a player we have a lot of time for." "Maybe if we give him 10 days and who knows what happens. "He might have a big impact in the Champions League final and we have an issue (an injury). The reality of the conversations have had with him is that to find performances on the back of the limited minutes will be really difficult." 11:31AM That's your lot Typically level-headed, Gareth is done. The main takeaways are that: Lallana could yet make the squad The door is still open for Hart long-term Wilshere and Hart's omission from stand-by list was Southgate's decision Credit: Getty Images 11:27AM Magic moments Why did Klopp rather than Southgate tell TAA he had made the squad? "It is nice for them to be able to tell their players. When you can deliver news like that I think it is a special moment." He adds that he said to Klopp: "You can deliver the good news, I’ll deliver the bad, horrible phone calls." 11:24AM Bromance Are you worried about club cliques? "It didn't happen in 96 when we got to a semi-final. It certainly wasn't an issue. I started to see it a little bit towards the end of my time with England. I don't see it with this group. Most of these lads have grown up together in the youth teams." He then adds: "You rarely see Jesse [Lingard] and Marcus [Rashford] when they are not holding hands or doing something!" 11:21AM Demons Did you deliberately take players with no previous experience of tournament failure? "I don't think it was essential but it can be of benefit." 11:20AM Hurdles to overcome Sessegnon? "We know all of the young players, Sancho, Foden as well. Super young players coming through but the hurdles to overcome to be in that position - people like Trent and Ruben have fulfilled many of those steps. The other guys - I don't think we'd be helping their own development." 11:18AM Learning lessons Tempted to recall James Milner, who is retired from international football? "I remember one previous England manager got players who had retired from international football to play. I don't think that was roundly received as being a good idea". Southgate appears to be referring here to Fabio Capello and the 2010 World Cup. Southgate adds: "I'm a big fan of James and tried to sign him previously." 11:14AM Jon-no Why no Shelvey? "We know all of the English players in the league, their strengths and their weaknesses. We assess someone on the way we want to play, in terms of temperament, Gerrard, Vieira, Keane have more red cards than anyone, it wouldn't be a primary factor." 11:12AM Special case - Southgate's a big fan On dropping Lallana: "I've had continual dialogue with Adam throughout the season, close and personal conversations, It has been a frustrating season for him. Under normal circumstances he wouldn't be anywhere near the squad but he is a player we have a lot of time for." 11:12AM TAA On Alexander-Arnold:"He is the next-best English full-back in the league. It looks like he will be playing in the Champions League final and he was involved in our junior teams, he is a player I know." 11:10AM Rolling the dice Is it a risk picking three such inexperienced goalkeepers? "They're the best three English goalkeepers we have. We're not picking young and inexperienced players to buy ourselves some time. We're picking them because we believe they're the best three players in their position." 11:08AM First reserves Did Hart and Wilshere decide themselves not to be on stand-by list? "No, it was my decision. Once you make a call, particularly with senior players, then you have to look at the standby list as a separate entity." 11:07AM J-axed On Wilshere: "Jack had a good spell in the lead up to Christmas and just after. He was not as effective towards the end of the season." 11:06AM Consummate pro "Hart took the news very professionally. Of course very disappointed, as was Ryan Bertrand, who has also been involved in the qualifiers. "Hopefully I'll get the chance to talk to them in more detail about it at a later date. I know as a player it's good to talk it through in a few months time. "Joe could definitely play for England in the future. I've picked players on form." 11:04AM Hart-breaker Why he dropped Joe Hart: A very big decision. He's been a big part of the team and the squad but I have to look at performances over last 18 months. The three goalkeepers I've picked have been the three best goalkeepers in the Premier League this season. 11:02AM We're under way Southgate has begun...(there's a video stream above so you can see it in all its glory). 10:52AM Paul Hayward's take Our chief sports writer was upbeat about Southgate's squad, and wrote in today's paper that: Those of us who have given up on England several times – most recently in 2010 and 2016 – are struck by a strange rekindling of interest. Gareth Southgate’s bold squad selection is unlikely to bring the World Cup here from Russia but at least there is a sense of renewal. England squad: A bold selection with a clear sense of direction 10:40AM Play Gareth Who would you pick for England's opener against Tunisia? You can have a go below, which currently includes my team for what it's worth: England Formation Builder 10:26AM Preamble Morning all, Gareth Southgate will be up in about half an hour. In the meantime, have a read of the below which breaks down just how young, inexperienced (and exciting?) this England squad is. England will go into this summer's World Cup with one of their youngest ever major tournament squads - and with an eye-catching lack of experience in goal. Gareth Southgate's 23-man group was announced on Wednesday, with an average age of 26 years and 18 days making it the third-youngest squad to represent England at a World Cup. The situation is particularly noticeable when it comes to England's last line of defence, where Joe Hart's omission leaves 25-year-old Jack Butland, Jordan Pickford, 24, and uncapped 26-year-old Nick Pope who have made only nine international appearances between them. There are warm-up games against Nigeria and Costa Rica for the trio to add to that tally, but their current total does not even match the average caps among England's trio of keepers at any other tournament this century. England squad | World Cup 2018 Even at Euro 2004, when the goalkeepers averaged 11 caps and first-choice David James had just 24 to his name, back-ups Paul Robinson and Ian Walker went into the tournament with nine caps between them. Hart had 22 caps and Rob Green 12 going into Euro 2012, with Butland then uncapped. In the World Cups of 2002 and 2010 England's starting keeper had at least a half-century of caps, while Hart had 41 going into the 2014 tournament and James had 34 to Robinson's 21 in 2006. The European Championships of 2000 and 2016 saw David Seaman and Hart respectively in the 50s. The surprise selection of Liverpool's 19-year-old full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold, meanwhile, helped bring down the average age of this year's party - only in 2006 and 1958 have England gone into a World Cup with a younger squad. Marcus Rashford's established presence in the squad belies the fact he will not turn 21 until next season while Dele Alli and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are just 22, Raheem Sterling is 23 and Eric Dier, John Stones and Jordan Pickford are 24. Trent Alexander-Arnold is one of many youngsters in the squad Credit: Getty Images The 1958 squad had an average age of 25 years and 81 days, with half of the 22 players aged 23 or younger, while in 2006 the average age was 25 years and 286 days after shock call-up Theo Walcott went into the tournament aged 17 years and 85 days. The Euro 2016 squad, with Rashford still 18 and Alli having turned 20 only around two months before the tournament, was also slightly younger than Southgate's selection this time around at 25 and 307 days, making 2018 England's fourth-youngest squad for any major tournament. Gary Cahill's seven appearances at major tournaments - four at Euro 2016 and three in the previous World Cup - are the most for any player in Southgate's group after Hart, with his 10 tournament appearances, was jettisoned. Danny Welbeck is surprisingly second in that list, matching Sterling for six appearances but with more time on the pitch.
Gareth Southgate leaves door open for Joe Hart England recall and hints that Adam Lallana could yet make World Cup squad
Gareth Southgate insisted on Thursday that it is "not the end" for Joe Hart with England but that the form of other goalkeepers left no place for him in the World Cup squad. Hart was the odd man out on Wednesday as Jordan Pickford, Jack Butland and Nick Pope earned selection for this summer's trip to Russia. And Southgate said on Thursday: "Of course it was a difficult call. He played in most of our qualifying matches, he's been a big part of the England team the last few years and he's a valued member of the squad. "But in the end I've got to look at performances over the last 18 months with their clubs and the three lads we picked were the three best goalkeepers in the league this year." Asked about Hart's future prospects, he added: "I pick players on form and if he's playing well for his club, why wouldn't we select him? Joe Hart (L) has been replaced by the likes of Jordan Pickford (R) Credit: Getty Images "There's no reason for this to be the end. He has an important career decision this summer and I hope he can be back at his very best." Butland, Pickford and the uncapped Pope have won just nine caps between them but Southgate has no concerns. "They are the best three English goalkeepers we have in the league," said Southgate. "We are not picking young players because they are young and we are trying to buy ourselves time. "We believe they are the best in their positions for the way we want to play. With the goalkeepers they have been the best three. "OK, maybe it's brave to take players without a number of caps, but we have to give these guys belief. "We're picking them not because they're young, but because they are the best in their positions. We know they're not the finished article. Southgate (R) is a huge fan of Adam Lallana (L) Credit: AFP "That's where we are at the moment. As a country we pick from 33 per cent of the (Premier League). It is quite a unique situation." Southgate also suggested that Adam Lallana could yet make the squad after being initially named on the stand-by list. "I've had continual dialogue with Adam throughout the season, close and personal conversations," Southgate said. "It has been a frustrating season for him. Under normal circumstances he wouldn't be anywhere near the squad but he is a player we have a lot of time for." "Maybe if we give him 10 days and who knows what happens. "He might have a big impact in the Champions League final and we have an issue (an injury). The reality of the conversations have had with him is that to find performances on the back of the limited minutes will be really difficult." 11:31AM That's your lot Typically level-headed, Gareth is done. The main takeaways are that: Lallana could yet make the squad The door is still open for Hart long-term Wilshere and Hart's omission from stand-by list was Southgate's decision Credit: Getty Images 11:27AM Magic moments Why did Klopp rather than Southgate tell TAA he had made the squad? "It is nice for them to be able to tell their players. When you can deliver news like that I think it is a special moment." He adds that he said to Klopp: "You can deliver the good news, I’ll deliver the bad, horrible phone calls." 11:24AM Bromance Are you worried about club cliques? "It didn't happen in 96 when we got to a semi-final. It certainly wasn't an issue. I started to see it a little bit towards the end of my time with England. I don't see it with this group. Most of these lads have grown up together in the youth teams." He then adds: "You rarely see Jesse [Lingard] and Marcus [Rashford] when they are not holding hands or doing something!" 11:21AM Demons Did you deliberately take players with no previous experience of tournament failure? "I don't think it was essential but it can be of benefit." 11:20AM Hurdles to overcome Sessegnon? "We know all of the young players, Sancho, Foden as well. Super young players coming through but the hurdles to overcome to be in that position - people like Trent and Ruben have fulfilled many of those steps. The other guys - I don't think we'd be helping their own development." 11:18AM Learning lessons Tempted to recall James Milner, who is retired from international football? "I remember one previous England manager got players who had retired from international football to play. I don't think that was roundly received as being a good idea". Southgate appears to be referring here to Fabio Capello and the 2010 World Cup. Southgate adds: "I'm a big fan of James and tried to sign him previously." 11:14AM Jon-no Why no Shelvey? "We know all of the English players in the league, their strengths and their weaknesses. We assess someone on the way we want to play, in terms of temperament, Gerrard, Vieira, Keane have more red cards than anyone, it wouldn't be a primary factor." 11:12AM Special case - Southgate's a big fan On dropping Lallana: "I've had continual dialogue with Adam throughout the season, close and personal conversations, It has been a frustrating season for him. Under normal circumstances he wouldn't be anywhere near the squad but he is a player we have a lot of time for." 11:12AM TAA On Alexander-Arnold:"He is the next-best English full-back in the league. It looks like he will be playing in the Champions League final and he was involved in our junior teams, he is a player I know." 11:10AM Rolling the dice Is it a risk picking three such inexperienced goalkeepers? "They're the best three English goalkeepers we have. We're not picking young and inexperienced players to buy ourselves some time. We're picking them because we believe they're the best three players in their position." 11:08AM First reserves Did Hart and Wilshere decide themselves not to be on stand-by list? "No, it was my decision. Once you make a call, particularly with senior players, then you have to look at the standby list as a separate entity." 11:07AM J-axed On Wilshere: "Jack had a good spell in the lead up to Christmas and just after. He was not as effective towards the end of the season." 11:06AM Consummate pro "Hart took the news very professionally. Of course very disappointed, as was Ryan Bertrand, who has also been involved in the qualifiers. "Hopefully I'll get the chance to talk to them in more detail about it at a later date. I know as a player it's good to talk it through in a few months time. "Joe could definitely play for England in the future. I've picked players on form." 11:04AM Hart-breaker Why he dropped Joe Hart: A very big decision. He's been a big part of the team and the squad but I have to look at performances over last 18 months. The three goalkeepers I've picked have been the three best goalkeepers in the Premier League this season. 11:02AM We're under way Southgate has begun...(there's a video stream above so you can see it in all its glory). 10:52AM Paul Hayward's take Our chief sports writer was upbeat about Southgate's squad, and wrote in today's paper that: Those of us who have given up on England several times – most recently in 2010 and 2016 – are struck by a strange rekindling of interest. Gareth Southgate’s bold squad selection is unlikely to bring the World Cup here from Russia but at least there is a sense of renewal. England squad: A bold selection with a clear sense of direction 10:40AM Play Gareth Who would you pick for England's opener against Tunisia? You can have a go below, which currently includes my team for what it's worth: England Formation Builder 10:26AM Preamble Morning all, Gareth Southgate will be up in about half an hour. In the meantime, have a read of the below which breaks down just how young, inexperienced (and exciting?) this England squad is. England will go into this summer's World Cup with one of their youngest ever major tournament squads - and with an eye-catching lack of experience in goal. Gareth Southgate's 23-man group was announced on Wednesday, with an average age of 26 years and 18 days making it the third-youngest squad to represent England at a World Cup. The situation is particularly noticeable when it comes to England's last line of defence, where Joe Hart's omission leaves 25-year-old Jack Butland, Jordan Pickford, 24, and uncapped 26-year-old Nick Pope who have made only nine international appearances between them. There are warm-up games against Nigeria and Costa Rica for the trio to add to that tally, but their current total does not even match the average caps among England's trio of keepers at any other tournament this century. England squad | World Cup 2018 Even at Euro 2004, when the goalkeepers averaged 11 caps and first-choice David James had just 24 to his name, back-ups Paul Robinson and Ian Walker went into the tournament with nine caps between them. Hart had 22 caps and Rob Green 12 going into Euro 2012, with Butland then uncapped. In the World Cups of 2002 and 2010 England's starting keeper had at least a half-century of caps, while Hart had 41 going into the 2014 tournament and James had 34 to Robinson's 21 in 2006. The European Championships of 2000 and 2016 saw David Seaman and Hart respectively in the 50s. The surprise selection of Liverpool's 19-year-old full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold, meanwhile, helped bring down the average age of this year's party - only in 2006 and 1958 have England gone into a World Cup with a younger squad. Marcus Rashford's established presence in the squad belies the fact he will not turn 21 until next season while Dele Alli and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are just 22, Raheem Sterling is 23 and Eric Dier, John Stones and Jordan Pickford are 24. Trent Alexander-Arnold is one of many youngsters in the squad Credit: Getty Images The 1958 squad had an average age of 25 years and 81 days, with half of the 22 players aged 23 or younger, while in 2006 the average age was 25 years and 286 days after shock call-up Theo Walcott went into the tournament aged 17 years and 85 days. The Euro 2016 squad, with Rashford still 18 and Alli having turned 20 only around two months before the tournament, was also slightly younger than Southgate's selection this time around at 25 and 307 days, making 2018 England's fourth-youngest squad for any major tournament. Gary Cahill's seven appearances at major tournaments - four at Euro 2016 and three in the previous World Cup - are the most for any player in Southgate's group after Hart, with his 10 tournament appearances, was jettisoned. Danny Welbeck is surprisingly second in that list, matching Sterling for six appearances but with more time on the pitch.
Gareth Southgate insisted on Thursday that it is "not the end" for Joe Hart with England but that the form of other goalkeepers left no place for him in the World Cup squad. Hart was the odd man out on Wednesday as Jordan Pickford, Jack Butland and Nick Pope earned selection for this summer's trip to Russia. And Southgate said on Thursday: "Of course it was a difficult call. He played in most of our qualifying matches, he's been a big part of the England team the last few years and he's a valued member of the squad. "But in the end I've got to look at performances over the last 18 months with their clubs and the three lads we picked were the three best goalkeepers in the league this year." Asked about Hart's future prospects, he added: "I pick players on form and if he's playing well for his club, why wouldn't we select him? Joe Hart (L) has been replaced by the likes of Jordan Pickford (R) Credit: Getty Images "There's no reason for this to be the end. He has an important career decision this summer and I hope he can be back at his very best." Butland, Pickford and the uncapped Pope have won just nine caps between them but Southgate has no concerns. "They are the best three English goalkeepers we have in the league," said Southgate. "We are not picking young players because they are young and we are trying to buy ourselves time. "We believe they are the best in their positions for the way we want to play. With the goalkeepers they have been the best three. "OK, maybe it's brave to take players without a number of caps, but we have to give these guys belief. "We're picking them not because they're young, but because they are the best in their positions. We know they're not the finished article. Southgate (R) is a huge fan of Adam Lallana (L) Credit: AFP "That's where we are at the moment. As a country we pick from 33 per cent of the (Premier League). It is quite a unique situation." Southgate also suggested that Adam Lallana could yet make the squad after being initially named on the stand-by list. "I've had continual dialogue with Adam throughout the season, close and personal conversations," Southgate said. "It has been a frustrating season for him. Under normal circumstances he wouldn't be anywhere near the squad but he is a player we have a lot of time for." "Maybe if we give him 10 days and who knows what happens. "He might have a big impact in the Champions League final and we have an issue (an injury). The reality of the conversations have had with him is that to find performances on the back of the limited minutes will be really difficult." 11:31AM That's your lot Typically level-headed, Gareth is done. The main takeaways are that: Lallana could yet make the squad The door is still open for Hart long-term Wilshere and Hart's omission from stand-by list was Southgate's decision Credit: Getty Images 11:27AM Magic moments Why did Klopp rather than Southgate tell TAA he had made the squad? "It is nice for them to be able to tell their players. When you can deliver news like that I think it is a special moment." He adds that he said to Klopp: "You can deliver the good news, I’ll deliver the bad, horrible phone calls." 11:24AM Bromance Are you worried about club cliques? "It didn't happen in 96 when we got to a semi-final. It certainly wasn't an issue. I started to see it a little bit towards the end of my time with England. I don't see it with this group. Most of these lads have grown up together in the youth teams." He then adds: "You rarely see Jesse [Lingard] and Marcus [Rashford] when they are not holding hands or doing something!" 11:21AM Demons Did you deliberately take players with no previous experience of tournament failure? "I don't think it was essential but it can be of benefit." 11:20AM Hurdles to overcome Sessegnon? "We know all of the young players, Sancho, Foden as well. Super young players coming through but the hurdles to overcome to be in that position - people like Trent and Ruben have fulfilled many of those steps. The other guys - I don't think we'd be helping their own development." 11:18AM Learning lessons Tempted to recall James Milner, who is retired from international football? "I remember one previous England manager got players who had retired from international football to play. I don't think that was roundly received as being a good idea". Southgate appears to be referring here to Fabio Capello and the 2010 World Cup. Southgate adds: "I'm a big fan of James and tried to sign him previously." 11:14AM Jon-no Why no Shelvey? "We know all of the English players in the league, their strengths and their weaknesses. We assess someone on the way we want to play, in terms of temperament, Gerrard, Vieira, Keane have more red cards than anyone, it wouldn't be a primary factor." 11:12AM Special case - Southgate's a big fan On dropping Lallana: "I've had continual dialogue with Adam throughout the season, close and personal conversations, It has been a frustrating season for him. Under normal circumstances he wouldn't be anywhere near the squad but he is a player we have a lot of time for." 11:12AM TAA On Alexander-Arnold:"He is the next-best English full-back in the league. It looks like he will be playing in the Champions League final and he was involved in our junior teams, he is a player I know." 11:10AM Rolling the dice Is it a risk picking three such inexperienced goalkeepers? "They're the best three English goalkeepers we have. We're not picking young and inexperienced players to buy ourselves some time. We're picking them because we believe they're the best three players in their position." 11:08AM First reserves Did Hart and Wilshere decide themselves not to be on stand-by list? "No, it was my decision. Once you make a call, particularly with senior players, then you have to look at the standby list as a separate entity." 11:07AM J-axed On Wilshere: "Jack had a good spell in the lead up to Christmas and just after. He was not as effective towards the end of the season." 11:06AM Consummate pro "Hart took the news very professionally. Of course very disappointed, as was Ryan Bertrand, who has also been involved in the qualifiers. "Hopefully I'll get the chance to talk to them in more detail about it at a later date. I know as a player it's good to talk it through in a few months time. "Joe could definitely play for England in the future. I've picked players on form." 11:04AM Hart-breaker Why he dropped Joe Hart: A very big decision. He's been a big part of the team and the squad but I have to look at performances over last 18 months. The three goalkeepers I've picked have been the three best goalkeepers in the Premier League this season. 11:02AM We're under way Southgate has begun...(there's a video stream above so you can see it in all its glory). 10:52AM Paul Hayward's take Our chief sports writer was upbeat about Southgate's squad, and wrote in today's paper that: Those of us who have given up on England several times – most recently in 2010 and 2016 – are struck by a strange rekindling of interest. Gareth Southgate’s bold squad selection is unlikely to bring the World Cup here from Russia but at least there is a sense of renewal. England squad: A bold selection with a clear sense of direction 10:40AM Play Gareth Who would you pick for England's opener against Tunisia? You can have a go below, which currently includes my team for what it's worth: England Formation Builder 10:26AM Preamble Morning all, Gareth Southgate will be up in about half an hour. In the meantime, have a read of the below which breaks down just how young, inexperienced (and exciting?) this England squad is. England will go into this summer's World Cup with one of their youngest ever major tournament squads - and with an eye-catching lack of experience in goal. Gareth Southgate's 23-man group was announced on Wednesday, with an average age of 26 years and 18 days making it the third-youngest squad to represent England at a World Cup. The situation is particularly noticeable when it comes to England's last line of defence, where Joe Hart's omission leaves 25-year-old Jack Butland, Jordan Pickford, 24, and uncapped 26-year-old Nick Pope who have made only nine international appearances between them. There are warm-up games against Nigeria and Costa Rica for the trio to add to that tally, but their current total does not even match the average caps among England's trio of keepers at any other tournament this century. England squad | World Cup 2018 Even at Euro 2004, when the goalkeepers averaged 11 caps and first-choice David James had just 24 to his name, back-ups Paul Robinson and Ian Walker went into the tournament with nine caps between them. Hart had 22 caps and Rob Green 12 going into Euro 2012, with Butland then uncapped. In the World Cups of 2002 and 2010 England's starting keeper had at least a half-century of caps, while Hart had 41 going into the 2014 tournament and James had 34 to Robinson's 21 in 2006. The European Championships of 2000 and 2016 saw David Seaman and Hart respectively in the 50s. The surprise selection of Liverpool's 19-year-old full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold, meanwhile, helped bring down the average age of this year's party - only in 2006 and 1958 have England gone into a World Cup with a younger squad. Marcus Rashford's established presence in the squad belies the fact he will not turn 21 until next season while Dele Alli and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are just 22, Raheem Sterling is 23 and Eric Dier, John Stones and Jordan Pickford are 24. Trent Alexander-Arnold is one of many youngsters in the squad Credit: Getty Images The 1958 squad had an average age of 25 years and 81 days, with half of the 22 players aged 23 or younger, while in 2006 the average age was 25 years and 286 days after shock call-up Theo Walcott went into the tournament aged 17 years and 85 days. The Euro 2016 squad, with Rashford still 18 and Alli having turned 20 only around two months before the tournament, was also slightly younger than Southgate's selection this time around at 25 and 307 days, making 2018 England's fourth-youngest squad for any major tournament. Gary Cahill's seven appearances at major tournaments - four at Euro 2016 and three in the previous World Cup - are the most for any player in Southgate's group after Hart, with his 10 tournament appearances, was jettisoned. Danny Welbeck is surprisingly second in that list, matching Sterling for six appearances but with more time on the pitch.
Gareth Southgate leaves door open for Joe Hart England recall and hints that Adam Lallana could yet make World Cup squad
Gareth Southgate insisted on Thursday that it is "not the end" for Joe Hart with England but that the form of other goalkeepers left no place for him in the World Cup squad. Hart was the odd man out on Wednesday as Jordan Pickford, Jack Butland and Nick Pope earned selection for this summer's trip to Russia. And Southgate said on Thursday: "Of course it was a difficult call. He played in most of our qualifying matches, he's been a big part of the England team the last few years and he's a valued member of the squad. "But in the end I've got to look at performances over the last 18 months with their clubs and the three lads we picked were the three best goalkeepers in the league this year." Asked about Hart's future prospects, he added: "I pick players on form and if he's playing well for his club, why wouldn't we select him? Joe Hart (L) has been replaced by the likes of Jordan Pickford (R) Credit: Getty Images "There's no reason for this to be the end. He has an important career decision this summer and I hope he can be back at his very best." Butland, Pickford and the uncapped Pope have won just nine caps between them but Southgate has no concerns. "They are the best three English goalkeepers we have in the league," said Southgate. "We are not picking young players because they are young and we are trying to buy ourselves time. "We believe they are the best in their positions for the way we want to play. With the goalkeepers they have been the best three. "OK, maybe it's brave to take players without a number of caps, but we have to give these guys belief. "We're picking them not because they're young, but because they are the best in their positions. We know they're not the finished article. Southgate (R) is a huge fan of Adam Lallana (L) Credit: AFP "That's where we are at the moment. As a country we pick from 33 per cent of the (Premier League). It is quite a unique situation." Southgate also suggested that Adam Lallana could yet make the squad after being initially named on the stand-by list. "I've had continual dialogue with Adam throughout the season, close and personal conversations," Southgate said. "It has been a frustrating season for him. Under normal circumstances he wouldn't be anywhere near the squad but he is a player we have a lot of time for." "Maybe if we give him 10 days and who knows what happens. "He might have a big impact in the Champions League final and we have an issue (an injury). The reality of the conversations have had with him is that to find performances on the back of the limited minutes will be really difficult." 11:31AM That's your lot Typically level-headed, Gareth is done. The main takeaways are that: Lallana could yet make the squad The door is still open for Hart long-term Wilshere and Hart's omission from stand-by list was Southgate's decision Credit: Getty Images 11:27AM Magic moments Why did Klopp rather than Southgate tell TAA he had made the squad? "It is nice for them to be able to tell their players. When you can deliver news like that I think it is a special moment." He adds that he said to Klopp: "You can deliver the good news, I’ll deliver the bad, horrible phone calls." 11:24AM Bromance Are you worried about club cliques? "It didn't happen in 96 when we got to a semi-final. It certainly wasn't an issue. I started to see it a little bit towards the end of my time with England. I don't see it with this group. Most of these lads have grown up together in the youth teams." He then adds: "You rarely see Jesse [Lingard] and Marcus [Rashford] when they are not holding hands or doing something!" 11:21AM Demons Did you deliberately take players with no previous experience of tournament failure? "I don't think it was essential but it can be of benefit." 11:20AM Hurdles to overcome Sessegnon? "We know all of the young players, Sancho, Foden as well. Super young players coming through but the hurdles to overcome to be in that position - people like Trent and Ruben have fulfilled many of those steps. The other guys - I don't think we'd be helping their own development." 11:18AM Learning lessons Tempted to recall James Milner, who is retired from international football? "I remember one previous England manager got players who had retired from international football to play. I don't think that was roundly received as being a good idea". Southgate appears to be referring here to Fabio Capello and the 2010 World Cup. Southgate adds: "I'm a big fan of James and tried to sign him previously." 11:14AM Jon-no Why no Shelvey? "We know all of the English players in the league, their strengths and their weaknesses. We assess someone on the way we want to play, in terms of temperament, Gerrard, Vieira, Keane have more red cards than anyone, it wouldn't be a primary factor." 11:12AM Special case - Southgate's a big fan On dropping Lallana: "I've had continual dialogue with Adam throughout the season, close and personal conversations, It has been a frustrating season for him. Under normal circumstances he wouldn't be anywhere near the squad but he is a player we have a lot of time for." 11:12AM TAA On Alexander-Arnold:"He is the next-best English full-back in the league. It looks like he will be playing in the Champions League final and he was involved in our junior teams, he is a player I know." 11:10AM Rolling the dice Is it a risk picking three such inexperienced goalkeepers? "They're the best three English goalkeepers we have. We're not picking young and inexperienced players to buy ourselves some time. We're picking them because we believe they're the best three players in their position." 11:08AM First reserves Did Hart and Wilshere decide themselves not to be on stand-by list? "No, it was my decision. Once you make a call, particularly with senior players, then you have to look at the standby list as a separate entity." 11:07AM J-axed On Wilshere: "Jack had a good spell in the lead up to Christmas and just after. He was not as effective towards the end of the season." 11:06AM Consummate pro "Hart took the news very professionally. Of course very disappointed, as was Ryan Bertrand, who has also been involved in the qualifiers. "Hopefully I'll get the chance to talk to them in more detail about it at a later date. I know as a player it's good to talk it through in a few months time. "Joe could definitely play for England in the future. I've picked players on form." 11:04AM Hart-breaker Why he dropped Joe Hart: A very big decision. He's been a big part of the team and the squad but I have to look at performances over last 18 months. The three goalkeepers I've picked have been the three best goalkeepers in the Premier League this season. 11:02AM We're under way Southgate has begun...(there's a video stream above so you can see it in all its glory). 10:52AM Paul Hayward's take Our chief sports writer was upbeat about Southgate's squad, and wrote in today's paper that: Those of us who have given up on England several times – most recently in 2010 and 2016 – are struck by a strange rekindling of interest. Gareth Southgate’s bold squad selection is unlikely to bring the World Cup here from Russia but at least there is a sense of renewal. England squad: A bold selection with a clear sense of direction 10:40AM Play Gareth Who would you pick for England's opener against Tunisia? You can have a go below, which currently includes my team for what it's worth: England Formation Builder 10:26AM Preamble Morning all, Gareth Southgate will be up in about half an hour. In the meantime, have a read of the below which breaks down just how young, inexperienced (and exciting?) this England squad is. England will go into this summer's World Cup with one of their youngest ever major tournament squads - and with an eye-catching lack of experience in goal. Gareth Southgate's 23-man group was announced on Wednesday, with an average age of 26 years and 18 days making it the third-youngest squad to represent England at a World Cup. The situation is particularly noticeable when it comes to England's last line of defence, where Joe Hart's omission leaves 25-year-old Jack Butland, Jordan Pickford, 24, and uncapped 26-year-old Nick Pope who have made only nine international appearances between them. There are warm-up games against Nigeria and Costa Rica for the trio to add to that tally, but their current total does not even match the average caps among England's trio of keepers at any other tournament this century. England squad | World Cup 2018 Even at Euro 2004, when the goalkeepers averaged 11 caps and first-choice David James had just 24 to his name, back-ups Paul Robinson and Ian Walker went into the tournament with nine caps between them. Hart had 22 caps and Rob Green 12 going into Euro 2012, with Butland then uncapped. In the World Cups of 2002 and 2010 England's starting keeper had at least a half-century of caps, while Hart had 41 going into the 2014 tournament and James had 34 to Robinson's 21 in 2006. The European Championships of 2000 and 2016 saw David Seaman and Hart respectively in the 50s. The surprise selection of Liverpool's 19-year-old full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold, meanwhile, helped bring down the average age of this year's party - only in 2006 and 1958 have England gone into a World Cup with a younger squad. Marcus Rashford's established presence in the squad belies the fact he will not turn 21 until next season while Dele Alli and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are just 22, Raheem Sterling is 23 and Eric Dier, John Stones and Jordan Pickford are 24. Trent Alexander-Arnold is one of many youngsters in the squad Credit: Getty Images The 1958 squad had an average age of 25 years and 81 days, with half of the 22 players aged 23 or younger, while in 2006 the average age was 25 years and 286 days after shock call-up Theo Walcott went into the tournament aged 17 years and 85 days. The Euro 2016 squad, with Rashford still 18 and Alli having turned 20 only around two months before the tournament, was also slightly younger than Southgate's selection this time around at 25 and 307 days, making 2018 England's fourth-youngest squad for any major tournament. Gary Cahill's seven appearances at major tournaments - four at Euro 2016 and three in the previous World Cup - are the most for any player in Southgate's group after Hart, with his 10 tournament appearances, was jettisoned. Danny Welbeck is surprisingly second in that list, matching Sterling for six appearances but with more time on the pitch.
Southgate faces the media at 11am 11:21AM Demons Did you deliberately take players with no previous experience of tournament failure? "I don't think it was essential but it can be of benefit." 11:20AM Hurdles to overcome Sessegnon? "We know all of the young players, Sancho, Foden as well. Super young players coming through but the hurdles to overcome to be in that position - people like Trent and Ruben have fulfilled many of those steps. The other guys - I don't think we'd be helping their own development." 11:18AM Learning lessons Tempted to recall James Milner, who is retired from international football? "I remember one previous England manager got players who had retired from international football to play. I don't think that was roundly received as being a good idea". Southgate appears to be referring here to Fabio Capello and the 2010 World Cup. Southgate adds: "I'm a big fan of James and tried to sign him previously." 11:14AM Jon-no Why no Shelvey? "We know all of the English players in the league, their strengths and their weaknesses. We assess someone on the way we want to play, in terms of temperament, Gerrard, Vieira, Keane have more red cards than anyone, it wouldn't be a primary factor." 11:12AM Special case - Southgate's a big fan On dropping Lallana: "I've had continual dialogue with Adam throughout the season, close and personal conversations, It has been a frustrating season for him. Under normal circumstances he wouldn't be anywhere near the squad but he is a player we have a lot of time for." 11:12AM TAA On Alexander-Arnold:"He is the next-best English full-back in the league. It looks like he will be playing in the Champions League final and he was involved in our junior teams, he is a player I know." 11:10AM Rolling the dice Is it a risk picking three such inexperienced goalkeepers? "They're the best three English goalkeepers we have. We're not picking young and inexperienced players to buy ourselves some time. We're picking them because we believe they're the best three players in their position." 11:08AM First reserves Did Hart and Wilshere decide themselves not to be on stand-by list? "No, it was my decision. Once you make a call, particularly with senior players, then you have to look at the standby list as a separate entity." 11:07AM J-axed On Wilshere: "Jack had a good spell in the lead up to Christmas and just after. He was not as effective towards the end of the season." 11:06AM Consummate pro "Hart took the news very professionally. Of course very disappointed, as was Ryan Bertrand, who has also been involved in the qualifiers. "Hopefully I'll get the chance to talk to them in more detail about it at a later date. I know as a player it's good to talk it through in a few months time. "Joe could definitely play for England in the future. I've picked players on form." 11:04AM Hart-breaker Why he dropped Joe Hart: A very big decision. He's been a big part of the team and the squad but I have to look at performances over last 18 months. The three goalkeepers I've picked have been the three best goalkeepers in the Premier League this season. 11:02AM We're under way Southgate has begun...(there's a video stream above so you can see it in all its glory). 10:52AM Paul Hayward's take Our chief sports writer was upbeat about Southgate's squad, and wrote in today's paper that: Those of us who have given up on England several times – most recently in 2010 and 2016 – are struck by a strange rekindling of interest. Gareth Southgate’s bold squad selection is unlikely to bring the World Cup here from Russia but at least there is a sense of renewal. England squad: A bold selection with a clear sense of direction 10:40AM Play Gareth Who would you pick for England's opener against Tunisia? You can have a go below, which currently includes my team for what it's worth: England Formation Builder 10:26AM Preamble Morning all, Gareth Southgate will be up in about half an hour. In the meantime, have a read of the below which breaks down just how young, inexperienced (and exciting?) this England squad is. England will go into this summer's World Cup with one of their youngest ever major tournament squads - and with an eye-catching lack of experience in goal. Gareth Southgate's 23-man group was announced on Wednesday, with an average age of 26 years and 18 days making it the third-youngest squad to represent England at a World Cup. The situation is particularly noticeable when it comes to England's last line of defence, where Joe Hart's omission leaves 25-year-old Jack Butland, Jordan Pickford, 24, and uncapped 26-year-old Nick Pope who have made only nine international appearances between them. There are warm-up games against Nigeria and Costa Rica for the trio to add to that tally, but their current total does not even match the average caps among England's trio of keepers at any other tournament this century. England squad | World Cup 2018 Even at Euro 2004, when the goalkeepers averaged 11 caps and first-choice David James had just 24 to his name, back-ups Paul Robinson and Ian Walker went into the tournament with nine caps between them. Hart had 22 caps and Rob Green 12 going into Euro 2012, with Butland then uncapped. In the World Cups of 2002 and 2010 England's starting keeper had at least a half-century of caps, while Hart had 41 going into the 2014 tournament and James had 34 to Robinson's 21 in 2006. The European Championships of 2000 and 2016 saw David Seaman and Hart respectively in the 50s. The surprise selection of Liverpool's 19-year-old full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold, meanwhile, helped bring down the average age of this year's party - only in 2006 and 1958 have England gone into a World Cup with a younger squad. Marcus Rashford's established presence in the squad belies the fact he will not turn 21 until next season while Dele Alli and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are just 22, Raheem Sterling is 23 and Eric Dier, John Stones and Jordan Pickford are 24. Trent Alexander-Arnold is one of many youngsters in the squad Credit: Getty Images The 1958 squad had an average age of 25 years and 81 days, with half of the 22 players aged 23 or younger, while in 2006 the average age was 25 years and 286 days after shock call-up Theo Walcott went into the tournament aged 17 years and 85 days. The Euro 2016 squad, with Rashford still 18 and Alli having turned 20 only around two months before the tournament, was also slightly younger than Southgate's selection this time around at 25 and 307 days, making 2018 England's fourth-youngest squad for any major tournament. Gary Cahill's seven appearances at major tournaments - four at Euro 2016 and three in the previous World Cup - are the most for any player in Southgate's group after Hart, with his 10 tournament appearances, was jettisoned. Danny Welbeck is surprisingly second in that list, matching Sterling for six appearances but with more time on the pitch.
England World Cup squad press conference: live - Gareth Southgate explains his choices
Southgate faces the media at 11am 11:21AM Demons Did you deliberately take players with no previous experience of tournament failure? "I don't think it was essential but it can be of benefit." 11:20AM Hurdles to overcome Sessegnon? "We know all of the young players, Sancho, Foden as well. Super young players coming through but the hurdles to overcome to be in that position - people like Trent and Ruben have fulfilled many of those steps. The other guys - I don't think we'd be helping their own development." 11:18AM Learning lessons Tempted to recall James Milner, who is retired from international football? "I remember one previous England manager got players who had retired from international football to play. I don't think that was roundly received as being a good idea". Southgate appears to be referring here to Fabio Capello and the 2010 World Cup. Southgate adds: "I'm a big fan of James and tried to sign him previously." 11:14AM Jon-no Why no Shelvey? "We know all of the English players in the league, their strengths and their weaknesses. We assess someone on the way we want to play, in terms of temperament, Gerrard, Vieira, Keane have more red cards than anyone, it wouldn't be a primary factor." 11:12AM Special case - Southgate's a big fan On dropping Lallana: "I've had continual dialogue with Adam throughout the season, close and personal conversations, It has been a frustrating season for him. Under normal circumstances he wouldn't be anywhere near the squad but he is a player we have a lot of time for." 11:12AM TAA On Alexander-Arnold:"He is the next-best English full-back in the league. It looks like he will be playing in the Champions League final and he was involved in our junior teams, he is a player I know." 11:10AM Rolling the dice Is it a risk picking three such inexperienced goalkeepers? "They're the best three English goalkeepers we have. We're not picking young and inexperienced players to buy ourselves some time. We're picking them because we believe they're the best three players in their position." 11:08AM First reserves Did Hart and Wilshere decide themselves not to be on stand-by list? "No, it was my decision. Once you make a call, particularly with senior players, then you have to look at the standby list as a separate entity." 11:07AM J-axed On Wilshere: "Jack had a good spell in the lead up to Christmas and just after. He was not as effective towards the end of the season." 11:06AM Consummate pro "Hart took the news very professionally. Of course very disappointed, as was Ryan Bertrand, who has also been involved in the qualifiers. "Hopefully I'll get the chance to talk to them in more detail about it at a later date. I know as a player it's good to talk it through in a few months time. "Joe could definitely play for England in the future. I've picked players on form." 11:04AM Hart-breaker Why he dropped Joe Hart: A very big decision. He's been a big part of the team and the squad but I have to look at performances over last 18 months. The three goalkeepers I've picked have been the three best goalkeepers in the Premier League this season. 11:02AM We're under way Southgate has begun...(there's a video stream above so you can see it in all its glory). 10:52AM Paul Hayward's take Our chief sports writer was upbeat about Southgate's squad, and wrote in today's paper that: Those of us who have given up on England several times – most recently in 2010 and 2016 – are struck by a strange rekindling of interest. Gareth Southgate’s bold squad selection is unlikely to bring the World Cup here from Russia but at least there is a sense of renewal. England squad: A bold selection with a clear sense of direction 10:40AM Play Gareth Who would you pick for England's opener against Tunisia? You can have a go below, which currently includes my team for what it's worth: England Formation Builder 10:26AM Preamble Morning all, Gareth Southgate will be up in about half an hour. In the meantime, have a read of the below which breaks down just how young, inexperienced (and exciting?) this England squad is. England will go into this summer's World Cup with one of their youngest ever major tournament squads - and with an eye-catching lack of experience in goal. Gareth Southgate's 23-man group was announced on Wednesday, with an average age of 26 years and 18 days making it the third-youngest squad to represent England at a World Cup. The situation is particularly noticeable when it comes to England's last line of defence, where Joe Hart's omission leaves 25-year-old Jack Butland, Jordan Pickford, 24, and uncapped 26-year-old Nick Pope who have made only nine international appearances between them. There are warm-up games against Nigeria and Costa Rica for the trio to add to that tally, but their current total does not even match the average caps among England's trio of keepers at any other tournament this century. England squad | World Cup 2018 Even at Euro 2004, when the goalkeepers averaged 11 caps and first-choice David James had just 24 to his name, back-ups Paul Robinson and Ian Walker went into the tournament with nine caps between them. Hart had 22 caps and Rob Green 12 going into Euro 2012, with Butland then uncapped. In the World Cups of 2002 and 2010 England's starting keeper had at least a half-century of caps, while Hart had 41 going into the 2014 tournament and James had 34 to Robinson's 21 in 2006. The European Championships of 2000 and 2016 saw David Seaman and Hart respectively in the 50s. The surprise selection of Liverpool's 19-year-old full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold, meanwhile, helped bring down the average age of this year's party - only in 2006 and 1958 have England gone into a World Cup with a younger squad. Marcus Rashford's established presence in the squad belies the fact he will not turn 21 until next season while Dele Alli and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are just 22, Raheem Sterling is 23 and Eric Dier, John Stones and Jordan Pickford are 24. Trent Alexander-Arnold is one of many youngsters in the squad Credit: Getty Images The 1958 squad had an average age of 25 years and 81 days, with half of the 22 players aged 23 or younger, while in 2006 the average age was 25 years and 286 days after shock call-up Theo Walcott went into the tournament aged 17 years and 85 days. The Euro 2016 squad, with Rashford still 18 and Alli having turned 20 only around two months before the tournament, was also slightly younger than Southgate's selection this time around at 25 and 307 days, making 2018 England's fourth-youngest squad for any major tournament. Gary Cahill's seven appearances at major tournaments - four at Euro 2016 and three in the previous World Cup - are the most for any player in Southgate's group after Hart, with his 10 tournament appearances, was jettisoned. Danny Welbeck is surprisingly second in that list, matching Sterling for six appearances but with more time on the pitch.
Southgate faces the media at 11am 10:52AM Paul Hayward's take Our chief sports writer was upbeat about Southgate's squad, and wrote in today's paper that: Those of us who have given up on England several times – most recently in 2010 and 2016 – are struck by a strange rekindling of interest. Gareth Southgate’s bold squad selection is unlikely to bring the World Cup here from Russia but at least there is a sense of renewal. England squad: A bold selection with a clear sense of direction 10:40AM Play Gareth Who would you pick for England's opener against Tunisia? You can have a go below, which currently includes my team for what it's worth: England Formation Builder 10:26AM Preamble Morning all, Gareth Southgate will be up in about half an hour. In the meantime, have a read of the below which breaks down just how young, inexperienced (and exciting?) this England squad is. England will go into this summer's World Cup with one of their youngest ever major tournament squads - and with an eye-catching lack of experience in goal. Gareth Southgate's 23-man group was announced on Wednesday, with an average age of 26 years and 18 days making it the third-youngest squad to represent England at a World Cup. The situation is particularly noticeable when it comes to England's last line of defence, where Joe Hart's omission leaves 25-year-old Jack Butland, Jordan Pickford, 24, and uncapped 26-year-old Nick Pope who have made only nine international appearances between them. There are warm-up games against Nigeria and Costa Rica for the trio to add to that tally, but their current total does not even match the average caps among England's trio of keepers at any other tournament this century. England squad | World Cup 2018 Even at Euro 2004, when the goalkeepers averaged 11 caps and first-choice David James had just 24 to his name, back-ups Paul Robinson and Ian Walker went into the tournament with nine caps between them. Hart had 22 caps and Rob Green 12 going into Euro 2012, with Butland then uncapped. In the World Cups of 2002 and 2010 England's starting keeper had at least a half-century of caps, while Hart had 41 going into the 2014 tournament and James had 34 to Robinson's 21 in 2006. The European Championships of 2000 and 2016 saw David Seaman and Hart respectively in the 50s. The surprise selection of Liverpool's 19-year-old full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold, meanwhile, helped bring down the average age of this year's party - only in 2006 and 1958 have England gone into a World Cup with a younger squad. Marcus Rashford's established presence in the squad belies the fact he will not turn 21 until next season while Dele Alli and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are just 22, Raheem Sterling is 23 and Eric Dier, John Stones and Jordan Pickford are 24. Trent Alexander-Arnold is one of many youngsters in the squad Credit: Getty Images The 1958 squad had an average age of 25 years and 81 days, with half of the 22 players aged 23 or younger, while in 2006 the average age was 25 years and 286 days after shock call-up Theo Walcott went into the tournament aged 17 years and 85 days. The Euro 2016 squad, with Rashford still 18 and Alli having turned 20 only around two months before the tournament, was also slightly younger than Southgate's selection this time around at 25 and 307 days, making 2018 England's fourth-youngest squad for any major tournament. Gary Cahill's seven appearances at major tournaments - four at Euro 2016 and three in the previous World Cup - are the most for any player in Southgate's group after Hart, with his 10 tournament appearances, was jettisoned. Danny Welbeck is surprisingly second in that list, matching Sterling for six appearances but with more time on the pitch.
England World Cup squad press conference: live - Gareth Southgate explains his choices
Southgate faces the media at 11am 10:52AM Paul Hayward's take Our chief sports writer was upbeat about Southgate's squad, and wrote in today's paper that: Those of us who have given up on England several times – most recently in 2010 and 2016 – are struck by a strange rekindling of interest. Gareth Southgate’s bold squad selection is unlikely to bring the World Cup here from Russia but at least there is a sense of renewal. England squad: A bold selection with a clear sense of direction 10:40AM Play Gareth Who would you pick for England's opener against Tunisia? You can have a go below, which currently includes my team for what it's worth: England Formation Builder 10:26AM Preamble Morning all, Gareth Southgate will be up in about half an hour. In the meantime, have a read of the below which breaks down just how young, inexperienced (and exciting?) this England squad is. England will go into this summer's World Cup with one of their youngest ever major tournament squads - and with an eye-catching lack of experience in goal. Gareth Southgate's 23-man group was announced on Wednesday, with an average age of 26 years and 18 days making it the third-youngest squad to represent England at a World Cup. The situation is particularly noticeable when it comes to England's last line of defence, where Joe Hart's omission leaves 25-year-old Jack Butland, Jordan Pickford, 24, and uncapped 26-year-old Nick Pope who have made only nine international appearances between them. There are warm-up games against Nigeria and Costa Rica for the trio to add to that tally, but their current total does not even match the average caps among England's trio of keepers at any other tournament this century. England squad | World Cup 2018 Even at Euro 2004, when the goalkeepers averaged 11 caps and first-choice David James had just 24 to his name, back-ups Paul Robinson and Ian Walker went into the tournament with nine caps between them. Hart had 22 caps and Rob Green 12 going into Euro 2012, with Butland then uncapped. In the World Cups of 2002 and 2010 England's starting keeper had at least a half-century of caps, while Hart had 41 going into the 2014 tournament and James had 34 to Robinson's 21 in 2006. The European Championships of 2000 and 2016 saw David Seaman and Hart respectively in the 50s. The surprise selection of Liverpool's 19-year-old full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold, meanwhile, helped bring down the average age of this year's party - only in 2006 and 1958 have England gone into a World Cup with a younger squad. Marcus Rashford's established presence in the squad belies the fact he will not turn 21 until next season while Dele Alli and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are just 22, Raheem Sterling is 23 and Eric Dier, John Stones and Jordan Pickford are 24. Trent Alexander-Arnold is one of many youngsters in the squad Credit: Getty Images The 1958 squad had an average age of 25 years and 81 days, with half of the 22 players aged 23 or younger, while in 2006 the average age was 25 years and 286 days after shock call-up Theo Walcott went into the tournament aged 17 years and 85 days. The Euro 2016 squad, with Rashford still 18 and Alli having turned 20 only around two months before the tournament, was also slightly younger than Southgate's selection this time around at 25 and 307 days, making 2018 England's fourth-youngest squad for any major tournament. Gary Cahill's seven appearances at major tournaments - four at Euro 2016 and three in the previous World Cup - are the most for any player in Southgate's group after Hart, with his 10 tournament appearances, was jettisoned. Danny Welbeck is surprisingly second in that list, matching Sterling for six appearances but with more time on the pitch.
Southgate faces the media at 11am 10:43AM Here's my team for what it's worth 10:40AM Play Gareth Who would you pick for England's opener against Tunisia? You can have a go here: England Formation Builder 10:26AM Preamble Morning all, Gareth Southgate will be up in about half an hour. In the meantime, have a read of the below which breaks down just how young, inexperienced (and exciting?) this England squad is. England will go into this summer's World Cup with one of their youngest ever major tournament squads - and with an eye-catching lack of experience in goal. Gareth Southgate's 23-man group was announced on Wednesday, with an average age of 26 years and 18 days making it the third-youngest squad to represent England at a World Cup. The situation is particularly noticeable when it comes to England's last line of defence, where Joe Hart's omission leaves 25-year-old Jack Butland, Jordan Pickford, 24, and uncapped 26-year-old Nick Pope who have made only nine international appearances between them. There are warm-up games against Nigeria and Costa Rica for the trio to add to that tally, but their current total does not even match the average caps among England's trio of keepers at any other tournament this century. England squad | World Cup 2018 Even at Euro 2004, when the goalkeepers averaged 11 caps and first-choice David James had just 24 to his name, back-ups Paul Robinson and Ian Walker went into the tournament with nine caps between them. Hart had 22 caps and Rob Green 12 going into Euro 2012, with Butland then uncapped. In the World Cups of 2002 and 2010 England's starting keeper had at least a half-century of caps, while Hart had 41 going into the 2014 tournament and James had 34 to Robinson's 21 in 2006. The European Championships of 2000 and 2016 saw David Seaman and Hart respectively in the 50s. The surprise selection of Liverpool's 19-year-old full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold, meanwhile, helped bring down the average age of this year's party - only in 2006 and 1958 have England gone into a World Cup with a younger squad. Marcus Rashford's established presence in the squad belies the fact he will not turn 21 until next season while Dele Alli and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are just 22, Raheem Sterling is 23 and Eric Dier, John Stones and Jordan Pickford are 24. Trent Alexander-Arnold is one of many youngsters in the squad Credit: Getty Images The 1958 squad had an average age of 25 years and 81 days, with half of the 22 players aged 23 or younger, while in 2006 the average age was 25 years and 286 days after shock call-up Theo Walcott went into the tournament aged 17 years and 85 days. The Euro 2016 squad, with Rashford still 18 and Alli having turned 20 only around two months before the tournament, was also slightly younger than Southgate's selection this time around at 25 and 307 days, making 2018 England's fourth-youngest squad for any major tournament. Gary Cahill's seven appearances at major tournaments - four at Euro 2016 and three in the previous World Cup - are the most for any player in Southgate's group after Hart, with his 10 tournament appearances, was jettisoned. Danny Welbeck is surprisingly second in that list, matching Sterling for six appearances but with more time on the pitch.
England World Cup squad press conference: live - Gareth Southgate explains his choices
Southgate faces the media at 11am 10:43AM Here's my team for what it's worth 10:40AM Play Gareth Who would you pick for England's opener against Tunisia? You can have a go here: England Formation Builder 10:26AM Preamble Morning all, Gareth Southgate will be up in about half an hour. In the meantime, have a read of the below which breaks down just how young, inexperienced (and exciting?) this England squad is. England will go into this summer's World Cup with one of their youngest ever major tournament squads - and with an eye-catching lack of experience in goal. Gareth Southgate's 23-man group was announced on Wednesday, with an average age of 26 years and 18 days making it the third-youngest squad to represent England at a World Cup. The situation is particularly noticeable when it comes to England's last line of defence, where Joe Hart's omission leaves 25-year-old Jack Butland, Jordan Pickford, 24, and uncapped 26-year-old Nick Pope who have made only nine international appearances between them. There are warm-up games against Nigeria and Costa Rica for the trio to add to that tally, but their current total does not even match the average caps among England's trio of keepers at any other tournament this century. England squad | World Cup 2018 Even at Euro 2004, when the goalkeepers averaged 11 caps and first-choice David James had just 24 to his name, back-ups Paul Robinson and Ian Walker went into the tournament with nine caps between them. Hart had 22 caps and Rob Green 12 going into Euro 2012, with Butland then uncapped. In the World Cups of 2002 and 2010 England's starting keeper had at least a half-century of caps, while Hart had 41 going into the 2014 tournament and James had 34 to Robinson's 21 in 2006. The European Championships of 2000 and 2016 saw David Seaman and Hart respectively in the 50s. The surprise selection of Liverpool's 19-year-old full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold, meanwhile, helped bring down the average age of this year's party - only in 2006 and 1958 have England gone into a World Cup with a younger squad. Marcus Rashford's established presence in the squad belies the fact he will not turn 21 until next season while Dele Alli and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are just 22, Raheem Sterling is 23 and Eric Dier, John Stones and Jordan Pickford are 24. Trent Alexander-Arnold is one of many youngsters in the squad Credit: Getty Images The 1958 squad had an average age of 25 years and 81 days, with half of the 22 players aged 23 or younger, while in 2006 the average age was 25 years and 286 days after shock call-up Theo Walcott went into the tournament aged 17 years and 85 days. The Euro 2016 squad, with Rashford still 18 and Alli having turned 20 only around two months before the tournament, was also slightly younger than Southgate's selection this time around at 25 and 307 days, making 2018 England's fourth-youngest squad for any major tournament. Gary Cahill's seven appearances at major tournaments - four at Euro 2016 and three in the previous World Cup - are the most for any player in Southgate's group after Hart, with his 10 tournament appearances, was jettisoned. Danny Welbeck is surprisingly second in that list, matching Sterling for six appearances but with more time on the pitch.
Gareth Southgate has claimed he has picked an England squad to excite the nation at this summer’s World Cup. Manager Southgate revealed his 23-man squad on Wednesday afternoon, with Adam Lallana, who is on the standby list, the big-name omission. But Southgate believes, with the likes of Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, Dele Alli and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, his young England squad offers plenty of encouragement. “I believe this is a squad which we can be excited about,” said Southgate. “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. “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.” Dreamt of going to a World Cup since I was a kid. Today that dream come true, an honour to represent the 3 Lions this summer! �� @Englandpic.twitter.com/e6c8agtVar— Trent Arnold (@trentaa98) May 16, 2018 As revealed by Telegraph Sport earlier today, Gary Cahill is part of the squad and Liverpool teenager Trent Alexander-Arnold has also been called up, despite being uncapped at senior level. “The selection process has been over months really, it’s not just been the last few weeks,” said Southgate. “We feel the team are improving and we want to continue that momentum. “The first call up for Trent Alexander-Arnold is well deserved. When we pick young players, it’s not just because they are young, it’s because their performances deserve it. “We’ve also had a couple of injuries with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Joe Gomez, which is a huge blow for them personally and disappointing for us.” Adam Lallana was omitted after missing most of the season through injury Credit: Getty images Goalkeeper Joe Hart, midfielder Jack Wilshere and left-back Ryan Bertrand have all been omitted and not placed on Southgate’s five-man standby list that includes Lallana, Tom Heaton, Jake Livermore James Tarkowski and Lewis Cook. “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,” said Southgate, whose goalkeepers are Jordan Pickford, Jack Butland and Nick Pope. “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. Southgate says the three goalkeepers he chose have had 'better seasons' than Hart Credit: Getty images “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.” Lallana has not started a Liverpool game since the beginning of March and Southgate has decided the 30-year-old cannot be risked. He is on Southgate’s list of standbys in case of injuries, but Lallana will be devastated not to be among the 23 players guaranteed a place on the plane. World Cup predictor Southgate tried to offer some consolation by saying: “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. “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.” The majority of the England squad meet up at St George’s Park on Monday, with those involved in the FA Cup and Champions League final given some extra time off. England play warm-up games against Nigeria on Saturday June 2 and Costa Rica on Thursday June 7 before flying out to Russia for the tournament. England squad | World Cup 2018 3:47PM Wonder what the voicemail said... The one call you don’t want to miss!!...���� #WC2018pic.twitter.com/thH8CvavWA— Kyle Walker (@kylewalker2) May 16, 2018 3:33PM You picked largely the same players as Southgate Telegraph readers agree with all but three of Southgate’s choices Using our unique squad selector tool over the last few months, our readers chose their preferred 23 England players to go to Russia. As it turns out, more than 50 per cent of you wanted 20 of Southgate's 23 on the plane. The majority of you, however, did not pick Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Danny Welbeck or Fabian Delph. 3:24PM An inexperienced squad The 23 players have just 449 caps between them - an average of 19.5, which isn't very many at all. They also have just three tournament goals between the lot of them: Danny Welbeck at Euro 2012, and Jamie Vardy and Eric Dier at Euro 2016. Maybe Southgate is taking Gary Linker's advice and building for future competitions. 3:11PM Dele's excited It's an honour to be named in the England squad for the World Cup. It's a dream come true! Get me to Russia!! ��⚽️ #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/D8EjN8z5EI— Dele (@dele_official) May 16, 2018 3:05PM Ashley Young achieves a dream Maybe this picture said I was gonna live my dream and go to a World Cup... dreams do come true ���������� pic.twitter.com/kSM8VORdp0— Ashley Young (@youngy18) May 16, 2018 2:58PM Nawwww Congratulations to @Popey1992 on his call up to the @England World Cup 2018 squad, from Ram Meadow to Russia. pic.twitter.com/mpGWMyXB2v— Bury Town F.C. (@BuryTownFC) May 16, 2018 2:52PM Lovely stuff, Marcus Rashford After years of you standing on the touch line in the cold and rain, Mum we're off to the World Cup! ������ pic.twitter.com/JOCj5oBCtN— Marcus Rashford (@MarcusRashford) May 16, 2018 2:18PM Sweeping changes Only five players in Southgate's 23-man squad from the 23 picked by Hodgson for 2014: Cahill, Jones, Henderson, Welbeck, Sterling. As comparison, 12 from 2006 WC squad were picked in 2010— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) May 16, 2018 2:16PM By the way This is how the England squad was announced before the list was published in full: For the nation, by the nation. The #ThreeLions’ official @FIFAWorldCup squad announcement. pic.twitter.com/YecUWPUZfJ— England (@England) May 16, 2018 2:10PM Back-up list These five players are on the reserve list: Tom Heaton, James Tarkowski, Lewis Cook, Jake Livermore and Adam Lallana 2:09PM The headlines No Adam Lallana in the squad Danny Welbeck and Ruben Loftus-Cheek make the cut Jake Livermore misses out Plenty of options at centre-back, with Cahill, Jones, Maguire, Stones, Dier and Walker selected. 2:06PM Squad in full Goalkeepers Jack Butland, Jordan Pickford, Nick Pope Defenders Trent Alexander-Arnold, Gary Cahill, Phil Jones, Harry Maguire, Danny Rose, John Stones, Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker, Ashley Young Midfielders Eric Dier, Dele Alli, Jordan Henderson, Fabian Delph, Jesse Lingard, Ruben Loftus-Cheek Forwards Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Raheem Sterling, Danny Welbeck, Jamie Vardy 2:04PM The England squad is here 1:59PM Not long now If that 2pm estimate was correct for the squad announcement, then we will know England's World Cup squad very, very soon indeed. 1:57PM Rumours galore There is a sudden surge of excitement on Twitter after Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey posted this picture. Take note of the 'Humble Lion' caption. ���� let me know the dates and I'm in https://t.co/6PgPvhg77X— Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere) May 16, 2018 Jamaica-born Bailey is one of the Bundesliga's most exciting players, and there had been rumours he may qualify through his grandparents, two of whom have British passports. Fifa rules state that a player can only qualify to play for a country if their grandparents were born in that country which, as far as my research tells me, is not the case for Bailey, meaning he would not qualify to play for England. NB: There is a chance I am wrong about this. 1:43PM Jack makes other plans ���� let me know the dates and I'm in https://t.co/6PgPvhg77X— Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere) May 16, 2018 1:33PM So, what's still up in the air? There is a core group of players who will definitely be in the squad, and after this morning's revelations, there are only a few spots still up for grabs. There is probably a centre-back spot that will be contested by Harry Maguire and Phil Jones. Cahill's inclusion could suggest Southgate will go with experience in defence (favouring Jones), but having already picked Cahill he may want a younger player (favouring Maguire). Adam Lallana will probably make the cut, but he has only played 235 minutes of Premier League football all season, so you could understand why Southgate might have reservations. His recent run of injuries will also mean that, if he is named, the back-up midfielders will be on high alert. Will Adam Lallana be given another chance to prove his fitness? Credit: Getty images Support for Ruben Loftus-Cheek's inclusion has gathered pace. Will he make the cut or will Southgate go left-field with his final midfielder? Danny Welbeck will likely be included, but that isn't certain by any stretch. 12:51PM Make football come home Why not have some fun mapping out England's path to glory with our predictor tool? World Cup predictor 12:37PM It's all go today While Premier League clubs are parting ways with managers all over the shop (well, here and here), buzz is building around the squad that England will take to Russia. There has been a fair bit of bemusement about Wilshere's omission (not least from this journalist), but the decisions to take Cahill and Alexander-Arnold will be widely supported, I reckon. Some experience and some youth: Southgate is pleasing everyone. Alexander-Arnold has been a roaring success at Liverpool Credit: Getty images 12:20PM Exclusive: Cahill and Alexander-Arnold are on the plane Matt Lawreports: Gary Cahill has been named in Gareth Southgate’s 23-man England World Cup squad that will be officially revealed later today. And Liverpool teenager Trent Alexander-Arnold has also been called up, despite being uncapped at senior level. You can read the full story here. 11:59AM Not long now Today is the day: England's squad for the 2018 World Cup will be announced this afternoon. Everyone has their own opinion over how the final 23 should look, but the only one that matters is that of Gareth Southgate. Here's me trying to second guess the England manager: England's World Cup 2018 squad - ranked We think the squad will be named around 2pm, so there's a little time to wait yet - and plenty of time to discuss Southgate's options. He has already let Wilshere, Hart and Bertrand know that they won't be going to Russia, which leaves two outfield spots free (presuming Nick Pope goes as third-choice goalkeeper). Will Ruben Loftus-Cheek sneak in? Will Danny Welbeck go to another major tournament? Is there any chance of a complete curveball in the shape of someone like Ryan Sessegnon or Ademola Lookman? Let's see what Southgate decides.
England World Cup 2018 squad revealed: Gareth Southgate names Trent Alexander-Arnold in 23 'to get excited about'
Gareth Southgate has claimed he has picked an England squad to excite the nation at this summer’s World Cup. Manager Southgate revealed his 23-man squad on Wednesday afternoon, with Adam Lallana, who is on the standby list, the big-name omission. But Southgate believes, with the likes of Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, Dele Alli and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, his young England squad offers plenty of encouragement. “I believe this is a squad which we can be excited about,” said Southgate. “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. “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.” Dreamt of going to a World Cup since I was a kid. Today that dream come true, an honour to represent the 3 Lions this summer! �� @Englandpic.twitter.com/e6c8agtVar— Trent Arnold (@trentaa98) May 16, 2018 As revealed by Telegraph Sport earlier today, Gary Cahill is part of the squad and Liverpool teenager Trent Alexander-Arnold has also been called up, despite being uncapped at senior level. “The selection process has been over months really, it’s not just been the last few weeks,” said Southgate. “We feel the team are improving and we want to continue that momentum. “The first call up for Trent Alexander-Arnold is well deserved. When we pick young players, it’s not just because they are young, it’s because their performances deserve it. “We’ve also had a couple of injuries with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Joe Gomez, which is a huge blow for them personally and disappointing for us.” Adam Lallana was omitted after missing most of the season through injury Credit: Getty images Goalkeeper Joe Hart, midfielder Jack Wilshere and left-back Ryan Bertrand have all been omitted and not placed on Southgate’s five-man standby list that includes Lallana, Tom Heaton, Jake Livermore James Tarkowski and Lewis Cook. “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,” said Southgate, whose goalkeepers are Jordan Pickford, Jack Butland and Nick Pope. “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. Southgate says the three goalkeepers he chose have had 'better seasons' than Hart Credit: Getty images “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.” Lallana has not started a Liverpool game since the beginning of March and Southgate has decided the 30-year-old cannot be risked. He is on Southgate’s list of standbys in case of injuries, but Lallana will be devastated not to be among the 23 players guaranteed a place on the plane. World Cup predictor Southgate tried to offer some consolation by saying: “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. “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.” The majority of the England squad meet up at St George’s Park on Monday, with those involved in the FA Cup and Champions League final given some extra time off. England play warm-up games against Nigeria on Saturday June 2 and Costa Rica on Thursday June 7 before flying out to Russia for the tournament. England squad | World Cup 2018 3:47PM Wonder what the voicemail said... The one call you don’t want to miss!!...���� #WC2018pic.twitter.com/thH8CvavWA— Kyle Walker (@kylewalker2) May 16, 2018 3:33PM You picked largely the same players as Southgate Telegraph readers agree with all but three of Southgate’s choices Using our unique squad selector tool over the last few months, our readers chose their preferred 23 England players to go to Russia. As it turns out, more than 50 per cent of you wanted 20 of Southgate's 23 on the plane. The majority of you, however, did not pick Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Danny Welbeck or Fabian Delph. 3:24PM An inexperienced squad The 23 players have just 449 caps between them - an average of 19.5, which isn't very many at all. They also have just three tournament goals between the lot of them: Danny Welbeck at Euro 2012, and Jamie Vardy and Eric Dier at Euro 2016. Maybe Southgate is taking Gary Linker's advice and building for future competitions. 3:11PM Dele's excited It's an honour to be named in the England squad for the World Cup. It's a dream come true! Get me to Russia!! ��⚽️ #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/D8EjN8z5EI— Dele (@dele_official) May 16, 2018 3:05PM Ashley Young achieves a dream Maybe this picture said I was gonna live my dream and go to a World Cup... dreams do come true ���������� pic.twitter.com/kSM8VORdp0— Ashley Young (@youngy18) May 16, 2018 2:58PM Nawwww Congratulations to @Popey1992 on his call up to the @England World Cup 2018 squad, from Ram Meadow to Russia. pic.twitter.com/mpGWMyXB2v— Bury Town F.C. (@BuryTownFC) May 16, 2018 2:52PM Lovely stuff, Marcus Rashford After years of you standing on the touch line in the cold and rain, Mum we're off to the World Cup! ������ pic.twitter.com/JOCj5oBCtN— Marcus Rashford (@MarcusRashford) May 16, 2018 2:18PM Sweeping changes Only five players in Southgate's 23-man squad from the 23 picked by Hodgson for 2014: Cahill, Jones, Henderson, Welbeck, Sterling. As comparison, 12 from 2006 WC squad were picked in 2010— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) May 16, 2018 2:16PM By the way This is how the England squad was announced before the list was published in full: For the nation, by the nation. The #ThreeLions’ official @FIFAWorldCup squad announcement. pic.twitter.com/YecUWPUZfJ— England (@England) May 16, 2018 2:10PM Back-up list These five players are on the reserve list: Tom Heaton, James Tarkowski, Lewis Cook, Jake Livermore and Adam Lallana 2:09PM The headlines No Adam Lallana in the squad Danny Welbeck and Ruben Loftus-Cheek make the cut Jake Livermore misses out Plenty of options at centre-back, with Cahill, Jones, Maguire, Stones, Dier and Walker selected. 2:06PM Squad in full Goalkeepers Jack Butland, Jordan Pickford, Nick Pope Defenders Trent Alexander-Arnold, Gary Cahill, Phil Jones, Harry Maguire, Danny Rose, John Stones, Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker, Ashley Young Midfielders Eric Dier, Dele Alli, Jordan Henderson, Fabian Delph, Jesse Lingard, Ruben Loftus-Cheek Forwards Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Raheem Sterling, Danny Welbeck, Jamie Vardy 2:04PM The England squad is here 1:59PM Not long now If that 2pm estimate was correct for the squad announcement, then we will know England's World Cup squad very, very soon indeed. 1:57PM Rumours galore There is a sudden surge of excitement on Twitter after Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey posted this picture. Take note of the 'Humble Lion' caption. ���� let me know the dates and I'm in https://t.co/6PgPvhg77X— Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere) May 16, 2018 Jamaica-born Bailey is one of the Bundesliga's most exciting players, and there had been rumours he may qualify through his grandparents, two of whom have British passports. Fifa rules state that a player can only qualify to play for a country if their grandparents were born in that country which, as far as my research tells me, is not the case for Bailey, meaning he would not qualify to play for England. NB: There is a chance I am wrong about this. 1:43PM Jack makes other plans ���� let me know the dates and I'm in https://t.co/6PgPvhg77X— Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere) May 16, 2018 1:33PM So, what's still up in the air? There is a core group of players who will definitely be in the squad, and after this morning's revelations, there are only a few spots still up for grabs. There is probably a centre-back spot that will be contested by Harry Maguire and Phil Jones. Cahill's inclusion could suggest Southgate will go with experience in defence (favouring Jones), but having already picked Cahill he may want a younger player (favouring Maguire). Adam Lallana will probably make the cut, but he has only played 235 minutes of Premier League football all season, so you could understand why Southgate might have reservations. His recent run of injuries will also mean that, if he is named, the back-up midfielders will be on high alert. Will Adam Lallana be given another chance to prove his fitness? Credit: Getty images Support for Ruben Loftus-Cheek's inclusion has gathered pace. Will he make the cut or will Southgate go left-field with his final midfielder? Danny Welbeck will likely be included, but that isn't certain by any stretch. 12:51PM Make football come home Why not have some fun mapping out England's path to glory with our predictor tool? World Cup predictor 12:37PM It's all go today While Premier League clubs are parting ways with managers all over the shop (well, here and here), buzz is building around the squad that England will take to Russia. There has been a fair bit of bemusement about Wilshere's omission (not least from this journalist), but the decisions to take Cahill and Alexander-Arnold will be widely supported, I reckon. Some experience and some youth: Southgate is pleasing everyone. Alexander-Arnold has been a roaring success at Liverpool Credit: Getty images 12:20PM Exclusive: Cahill and Alexander-Arnold are on the plane Matt Lawreports: Gary Cahill has been named in Gareth Southgate’s 23-man England World Cup squad that will be officially revealed later today. And Liverpool teenager Trent Alexander-Arnold has also been called up, despite being uncapped at senior level. You can read the full story here. 11:59AM Not long now Today is the day: England's squad for the 2018 World Cup will be announced this afternoon. Everyone has their own opinion over how the final 23 should look, but the only one that matters is that of Gareth Southgate. Here's me trying to second guess the England manager: England's World Cup 2018 squad - ranked We think the squad will be named around 2pm, so there's a little time to wait yet - and plenty of time to discuss Southgate's options. He has already let Wilshere, Hart and Bertrand know that they won't be going to Russia, which leaves two outfield spots free (presuming Nick Pope goes as third-choice goalkeeper). Will Ruben Loftus-Cheek sneak in? Will Danny Welbeck go to another major tournament? Is there any chance of a complete curveball in the shape of someone like Ryan Sessegnon or Ademola Lookman? Let's see what Southgate decides.
Gareth Southgate has claimed he has picked an England squad to excite the nation at this summer’s World Cup. Manager Southgate revealed his 23-man squad on Wednesday afternoon, with Adam Lallana, who is on the standby list, the big-name omission. But Southgate believes, with the likes of Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, Dele Alli and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, his young England squad offers plenty of encouragement. “I believe this is a squad which we can be excited about,” said Southgate. “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. “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.” Dreamt of going to a World Cup since I was a kid. Today that dream come true, an honour to represent the 3 Lions this summer! �� @Englandpic.twitter.com/e6c8agtVar— Trent Arnold (@trentaa98) May 16, 2018 As revealed by Telegraph Sport earlier today, Gary Cahill is part of the squad and Liverpool teenager Trent Alexander-Arnold has also been called up, despite being uncapped at senior level. “The selection process has been over months really, it’s not just been the last few weeks,” said Southgate. “We feel the team are improving and we want to continue that momentum. “The first call up for Trent Alexander-Arnold is well deserved. When we pick young players, it’s not just because they are young, it’s because their performances deserve it. “We’ve also had a couple of injuries with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Joe Gomez, which is a huge blow for them personally and disappointing for us.” Adam Lallana was omitted after missing most of the season through injury Credit: Getty images Goalkeeper Joe Hart, midfielder Jack Wilshere and left-back Ryan Bertrand have all been omitted and not placed on Southgate’s five-man standby list that includes Lallana, Tom Heaton, Jake Livermore James Tarkowski and Lewis Cook. “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,” said Southgate, whose goalkeepers are Jordan Pickford, Jack Butland and Nick Pope. “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. Southgate says the three goalkeepers he chose have had 'better seasons' than Hart Credit: Getty images “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.” Lallana has not started a Liverpool game since the beginning of March and Southgate has decided the 30-year-old cannot be risked. He is on Southgate’s list of standbys in case of injuries, but Lallana will be devastated not to be among the 23 players guaranteed a place on the plane. World Cup predictor Southgate tried to offer some consolation by saying: “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. “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.” The majority of the England squad meet up at St George’s Park on Monday, with those involved in the FA Cup and Champions League final given some extra time off. England play warm-up games against Nigeria on Saturday June 2 and Costa Rica on Thursday June 7 before flying out to Russia for the tournament. England squad | World Cup 2018 3:47PM Wonder what the voicemail said... The one call you don’t want to miss!!...���� #WC2018pic.twitter.com/thH8CvavWA— Kyle Walker (@kylewalker2) May 16, 2018 3:33PM You picked largely the same players as Southgate Telegraph readers agree with all but three of Southgate’s choices Using our unique squad selector tool over the last few months, our readers chose their preferred 23 England players to go to Russia. As it turns out, more than 50 per cent of you wanted 20 of Southgate's 23 on the plane. The majority of you, however, did not pick Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Danny Welbeck or Fabian Delph. 3:24PM An inexperienced squad The 23 players have just 449 caps between them - an average of 19.5, which isn't very many at all. They also have just three tournament goals between the lot of them: Danny Welbeck at Euro 2012, and Jamie Vardy and Eric Dier at Euro 2016. Maybe Southgate is taking Gary Linker's advice and building for future competitions. 3:11PM Dele's excited It's an honour to be named in the England squad for the World Cup. It's a dream come true! Get me to Russia!! ��⚽️ #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/D8EjN8z5EI— Dele (@dele_official) May 16, 2018 3:05PM Ashley Young achieves a dream Maybe this picture said I was gonna live my dream and go to a World Cup... dreams do come true ���������� pic.twitter.com/kSM8VORdp0— Ashley Young (@youngy18) May 16, 2018 2:58PM Nawwww Congratulations to @Popey1992 on his call up to the @England World Cup 2018 squad, from Ram Meadow to Russia. pic.twitter.com/mpGWMyXB2v— Bury Town F.C. (@BuryTownFC) May 16, 2018 2:52PM Lovely stuff, Marcus Rashford After years of you standing on the touch line in the cold and rain, Mum we're off to the World Cup! ������ pic.twitter.com/JOCj5oBCtN— Marcus Rashford (@MarcusRashford) May 16, 2018 2:18PM Sweeping changes Only five players in Southgate's 23-man squad from the 23 picked by Hodgson for 2014: Cahill, Jones, Henderson, Welbeck, Sterling. As comparison, 12 from 2006 WC squad were picked in 2010— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) May 16, 2018 2:16PM By the way This is how the England squad was announced before the list was published in full: For the nation, by the nation. The #ThreeLions’ official @FIFAWorldCup squad announcement. pic.twitter.com/YecUWPUZfJ— England (@England) May 16, 2018 2:10PM Back-up list These five players are on the reserve list: Tom Heaton, James Tarkowski, Lewis Cook, Jake Livermore and Adam Lallana 2:09PM The headlines No Adam Lallana in the squad Danny Welbeck and Ruben Loftus-Cheek make the cut Jake Livermore misses out Plenty of options at centre-back, with Cahill, Jones, Maguire, Stones, Dier and Walker selected. 2:06PM Squad in full Goalkeepers Jack Butland, Jordan Pickford, Nick Pope Defenders Trent Alexander-Arnold, Gary Cahill, Phil Jones, Harry Maguire, Danny Rose, John Stones, Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker, Ashley Young Midfielders Eric Dier, Dele Alli, Jordan Henderson, Fabian Delph, Jesse Lingard, Ruben Loftus-Cheek Forwards Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Raheem Sterling, Danny Welbeck, Jamie Vardy 2:04PM The England squad is here 1:59PM Not long now If that 2pm estimate was correct for the squad announcement, then we will know England's World Cup squad very, very soon indeed. 1:57PM Rumours galore There is a sudden surge of excitement on Twitter after Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey posted this picture. Take note of the 'Humble Lion' caption. ���� let me know the dates and I'm in https://t.co/6PgPvhg77X— Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere) May 16, 2018 Jamaica-born Bailey is one of the Bundesliga's most exciting players, and there had been rumours he may qualify through his grandparents, two of whom have British passports. Fifa rules state that a player can only qualify to play for a country if their grandparents were born in that country which, as far as my research tells me, is not the case for Bailey, meaning he would not qualify to play for England. NB: There is a chance I am wrong about this. 1:43PM Jack makes other plans ���� let me know the dates and I'm in https://t.co/6PgPvhg77X— Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere) May 16, 2018 1:33PM So, what's still up in the air? There is a core group of players who will definitely be in the squad, and after this morning's revelations, there are only a few spots still up for grabs. There is probably a centre-back spot that will be contested by Harry Maguire and Phil Jones. Cahill's inclusion could suggest Southgate will go with experience in defence (favouring Jones), but having already picked Cahill he may want a younger player (favouring Maguire). Adam Lallana will probably make the cut, but he has only played 235 minutes of Premier League football all season, so you could understand why Southgate might have reservations. His recent run of injuries will also mean that, if he is named, the back-up midfielders will be on high alert. Will Adam Lallana be given another chance to prove his fitness? Credit: Getty images Support for Ruben Loftus-Cheek's inclusion has gathered pace. Will he make the cut or will Southgate go left-field with his final midfielder? Danny Welbeck will likely be included, but that isn't certain by any stretch. 12:51PM Make football come home Why not have some fun mapping out England's path to glory with our predictor tool? World Cup predictor 12:37PM It's all go today While Premier League clubs are parting ways with managers all over the shop (well, here and here), buzz is building around the squad that England will take to Russia. There has been a fair bit of bemusement about Wilshere's omission (not least from this journalist), but the decisions to take Cahill and Alexander-Arnold will be widely supported, I reckon. Some experience and some youth: Southgate is pleasing everyone. Alexander-Arnold has been a roaring success at Liverpool Credit: Getty images 12:20PM Exclusive: Cahill and Alexander-Arnold are on the plane Matt Lawreports: Gary Cahill has been named in Gareth Southgate’s 23-man England World Cup squad that will be officially revealed later today. And Liverpool teenager Trent Alexander-Arnold has also been called up, despite being uncapped at senior level. You can read the full story here. 11:59AM Not long now Today is the day: England's squad for the 2018 World Cup will be announced this afternoon. Everyone has their own opinion over how the final 23 should look, but the only one that matters is that of Gareth Southgate. Here's me trying to second guess the England manager: England's World Cup 2018 squad - ranked We think the squad will be named around 2pm, so there's a little time to wait yet - and plenty of time to discuss Southgate's options. He has already let Wilshere, Hart and Bertrand know that they won't be going to Russia, which leaves two outfield spots free (presuming Nick Pope goes as third-choice goalkeeper). Will Ruben Loftus-Cheek sneak in? Will Danny Welbeck go to another major tournament? Is there any chance of a complete curveball in the shape of someone like Ryan Sessegnon or Ademola Lookman? Let's see what Southgate decides.
England World Cup 2018 squad revealed: Gareth Southgate names Trent Alexander-Arnold in 23 'to get excited about'
Gareth Southgate has claimed he has picked an England squad to excite the nation at this summer’s World Cup. Manager Southgate revealed his 23-man squad on Wednesday afternoon, with Adam Lallana, who is on the standby list, the big-name omission. But Southgate believes, with the likes of Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, Dele Alli and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, his young England squad offers plenty of encouragement. “I believe this is a squad which we can be excited about,” said Southgate. “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. “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.” Dreamt of going to a World Cup since I was a kid. Today that dream come true, an honour to represent the 3 Lions this summer! �� @Englandpic.twitter.com/e6c8agtVar— Trent Arnold (@trentaa98) May 16, 2018 As revealed by Telegraph Sport earlier today, Gary Cahill is part of the squad and Liverpool teenager Trent Alexander-Arnold has also been called up, despite being uncapped at senior level. “The selection process has been over months really, it’s not just been the last few weeks,” said Southgate. “We feel the team are improving and we want to continue that momentum. “The first call up for Trent Alexander-Arnold is well deserved. When we pick young players, it’s not just because they are young, it’s because their performances deserve it. “We’ve also had a couple of injuries with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Joe Gomez, which is a huge blow for them personally and disappointing for us.” Adam Lallana was omitted after missing most of the season through injury Credit: Getty images Goalkeeper Joe Hart, midfielder Jack Wilshere and left-back Ryan Bertrand have all been omitted and not placed on Southgate’s five-man standby list that includes Lallana, Tom Heaton, Jake Livermore James Tarkowski and Lewis Cook. “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,” said Southgate, whose goalkeepers are Jordan Pickford, Jack Butland and Nick Pope. “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. Southgate says the three goalkeepers he chose have had 'better seasons' than Hart Credit: Getty images “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.” Lallana has not started a Liverpool game since the beginning of March and Southgate has decided the 30-year-old cannot be risked. He is on Southgate’s list of standbys in case of injuries, but Lallana will be devastated not to be among the 23 players guaranteed a place on the plane. World Cup predictor Southgate tried to offer some consolation by saying: “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. “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.” The majority of the England squad meet up at St George’s Park on Monday, with those involved in the FA Cup and Champions League final given some extra time off. England play warm-up games against Nigeria on Saturday June 2 and Costa Rica on Thursday June 7 before flying out to Russia for the tournament. England squad | World Cup 2018 3:47PM Wonder what the voicemail said... The one call you don’t want to miss!!...���� #WC2018pic.twitter.com/thH8CvavWA— Kyle Walker (@kylewalker2) May 16, 2018 3:33PM You picked largely the same players as Southgate Telegraph readers agree with all but three of Southgate’s choices Using our unique squad selector tool over the last few months, our readers chose their preferred 23 England players to go to Russia. As it turns out, more than 50 per cent of you wanted 20 of Southgate's 23 on the plane. The majority of you, however, did not pick Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Danny Welbeck or Fabian Delph. 3:24PM An inexperienced squad The 23 players have just 449 caps between them - an average of 19.5, which isn't very many at all. They also have just three tournament goals between the lot of them: Danny Welbeck at Euro 2012, and Jamie Vardy and Eric Dier at Euro 2016. Maybe Southgate is taking Gary Linker's advice and building for future competitions. 3:11PM Dele's excited It's an honour to be named in the England squad for the World Cup. It's a dream come true! Get me to Russia!! ��⚽️ #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/D8EjN8z5EI— Dele (@dele_official) May 16, 2018 3:05PM Ashley Young achieves a dream Maybe this picture said I was gonna live my dream and go to a World Cup... dreams do come true ���������� pic.twitter.com/kSM8VORdp0— Ashley Young (@youngy18) May 16, 2018 2:58PM Nawwww Congratulations to @Popey1992 on his call up to the @England World Cup 2018 squad, from Ram Meadow to Russia. pic.twitter.com/mpGWMyXB2v— Bury Town F.C. (@BuryTownFC) May 16, 2018 2:52PM Lovely stuff, Marcus Rashford After years of you standing on the touch line in the cold and rain, Mum we're off to the World Cup! ������ pic.twitter.com/JOCj5oBCtN— Marcus Rashford (@MarcusRashford) May 16, 2018 2:18PM Sweeping changes Only five players in Southgate's 23-man squad from the 23 picked by Hodgson for 2014: Cahill, Jones, Henderson, Welbeck, Sterling. As comparison, 12 from 2006 WC squad were picked in 2010— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) May 16, 2018 2:16PM By the way This is how the England squad was announced before the list was published in full: For the nation, by the nation. The #ThreeLions’ official @FIFAWorldCup squad announcement. pic.twitter.com/YecUWPUZfJ— England (@England) May 16, 2018 2:10PM Back-up list These five players are on the reserve list: Tom Heaton, James Tarkowski, Lewis Cook, Jake Livermore and Adam Lallana 2:09PM The headlines No Adam Lallana in the squad Danny Welbeck and Ruben Loftus-Cheek make the cut Jake Livermore misses out Plenty of options at centre-back, with Cahill, Jones, Maguire, Stones, Dier and Walker selected. 2:06PM Squad in full Goalkeepers Jack Butland, Jordan Pickford, Nick Pope Defenders Trent Alexander-Arnold, Gary Cahill, Phil Jones, Harry Maguire, Danny Rose, John Stones, Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker, Ashley Young Midfielders Eric Dier, Dele Alli, Jordan Henderson, Fabian Delph, Jesse Lingard, Ruben Loftus-Cheek Forwards Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Raheem Sterling, Danny Welbeck, Jamie Vardy 2:04PM The England squad is here 1:59PM Not long now If that 2pm estimate was correct for the squad announcement, then we will know England's World Cup squad very, very soon indeed. 1:57PM Rumours galore There is a sudden surge of excitement on Twitter after Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey posted this picture. Take note of the 'Humble Lion' caption. ���� let me know the dates and I'm in https://t.co/6PgPvhg77X— Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere) May 16, 2018 Jamaica-born Bailey is one of the Bundesliga's most exciting players, and there had been rumours he may qualify through his grandparents, two of whom have British passports. Fifa rules state that a player can only qualify to play for a country if their grandparents were born in that country which, as far as my research tells me, is not the case for Bailey, meaning he would not qualify to play for England. NB: There is a chance I am wrong about this. 1:43PM Jack makes other plans ���� let me know the dates and I'm in https://t.co/6PgPvhg77X— Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere) May 16, 2018 1:33PM So, what's still up in the air? There is a core group of players who will definitely be in the squad, and after this morning's revelations, there are only a few spots still up for grabs. There is probably a centre-back spot that will be contested by Harry Maguire and Phil Jones. Cahill's inclusion could suggest Southgate will go with experience in defence (favouring Jones), but having already picked Cahill he may want a younger player (favouring Maguire). Adam Lallana will probably make the cut, but he has only played 235 minutes of Premier League football all season, so you could understand why Southgate might have reservations. His recent run of injuries will also mean that, if he is named, the back-up midfielders will be on high alert. Will Adam Lallana be given another chance to prove his fitness? Credit: Getty images Support for Ruben Loftus-Cheek's inclusion has gathered pace. Will he make the cut or will Southgate go left-field with his final midfielder? Danny Welbeck will likely be included, but that isn't certain by any stretch. 12:51PM Make football come home Why not have some fun mapping out England's path to glory with our predictor tool? World Cup predictor 12:37PM It's all go today While Premier League clubs are parting ways with managers all over the shop (well, here and here), buzz is building around the squad that England will take to Russia. There has been a fair bit of bemusement about Wilshere's omission (not least from this journalist), but the decisions to take Cahill and Alexander-Arnold will be widely supported, I reckon. Some experience and some youth: Southgate is pleasing everyone. Alexander-Arnold has been a roaring success at Liverpool Credit: Getty images 12:20PM Exclusive: Cahill and Alexander-Arnold are on the plane Matt Lawreports: Gary Cahill has been named in Gareth Southgate’s 23-man England World Cup squad that will be officially revealed later today. And Liverpool teenager Trent Alexander-Arnold has also been called up, despite being uncapped at senior level. You can read the full story here. 11:59AM Not long now Today is the day: England's squad for the 2018 World Cup will be announced this afternoon. Everyone has their own opinion over how the final 23 should look, but the only one that matters is that of Gareth Southgate. Here's me trying to second guess the England manager: England's World Cup 2018 squad - ranked We think the squad will be named around 2pm, so there's a little time to wait yet - and plenty of time to discuss Southgate's options. He has already let Wilshere, Hart and Bertrand know that they won't be going to Russia, which leaves two outfield spots free (presuming Nick Pope goes as third-choice goalkeeper). Will Ruben Loftus-Cheek sneak in? Will Danny Welbeck go to another major tournament? Is there any chance of a complete curveball in the shape of someone like Ryan Sessegnon or Ademola Lookman? Let's see what Southgate decides.
Gareth Southgate has claimed he has picked an England squad to excite the nation at this summer’s World Cup. Manager Southgate revealed his 23-man squad on Wednesday afternoon, with Adam Lallana, who is on the standby list, the big-name omission. But Southgate believes, with the likes of Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, Dele Alli and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, his young England squad offers plenty of encouragement. “I believe this is a squad which we can be excited about,” said Southgate. “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. “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.” Dreamt of going to a World Cup since I was a kid. Today that dream come true, an honour to represent the 3 Lions this summer! �� @Englandpic.twitter.com/e6c8agtVar— Trent Arnold (@trentaa98) May 16, 2018 As revealed by Telegraph Sport earlier today, Gary Cahill is part of the squad and Liverpool teenager Trent Alexander-Arnold has also been called up, despite being uncapped at senior level. “The selection process has been over months really, it’s not just been the last few weeks,” said Southgate. “We feel the team are improving and we want to continue that momentum. “The first call up for Trent Alexander-Arnold is well deserved. When we pick young players, it’s not just because they are young, it’s because their performances deserve it. “We’ve also had a couple of injuries with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Joe Gomez, which is a huge blow for them personally and disappointing for us.” Adam Lallana was omitted after missing most of the season through injury Credit: Getty images Goalkeeper Joe Hart, midfielder Jack Wilshere and left-back Ryan Bertrand have all been omitted and not placed on Southgate’s five-man standby list that includes Lallana, Tom Heaton, Jake Livermore James Tarkowski and Lewis Cook. “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,” said Southgate, whose goalkeepers are Jordan Pickford, Jack Butland and Nick Pope. “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. Southgate says the three goalkeepers he chose have had 'better seasons' than Hart Credit: Getty images “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.” Lallana has not started a Liverpool game since the beginning of March and Southgate has decided the 30-year-old cannot be risked. He is on Southgate’s list of standbys in case of injuries, but Lallana will be devastated not to be among the 23 players guaranteed a place on the plane. World Cup predictor Southgate tried to offer some consolation by saying: “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. “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.” The majority of the England squad meet up at St George’s Park on Monday, with those involved in the FA Cup and Champions League final given some extra time off. England play warm-up games against Nigeria on Saturday June 2 and Costa Rica on Thursday June 7 before flying out to Russia for the tournament. England squad | World Cup 2018 3:47PM Wonder what the voicemail said... The one call you don’t want to miss!!...���� #WC2018pic.twitter.com/thH8CvavWA— Kyle Walker (@kylewalker2) May 16, 2018 3:33PM You picked largely the same players as Southgate Telegraph readers agree with all but three of Southgate’s choices Using our unique squad selector tool over the last few months, our readers chose their preferred 23 England players to go to Russia. As it turns out, more than 50 per cent of you wanted 20 of Southgate's 23 on the plane. The majority of you, however, did not pick Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Danny Welbeck or Fabian Delph. 3:24PM An inexperienced squad The 23 players have just 449 caps between them - an average of 19.5, which isn't very many at all. They also have just three tournament goals between the lot of them: Danny Welbeck at Euro 2012, and Jamie Vardy and Eric Dier at Euro 2016. Maybe Southgate is taking Gary Linker's advice and building for future competitions. 3:11PM Dele's excited It's an honour to be named in the England squad for the World Cup. It's a dream come true! Get me to Russia!! ��⚽️ #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/D8EjN8z5EI— Dele (@dele_official) May 16, 2018 3:05PM Ashley Young achieves a dream Maybe this picture said I was gonna live my dream and go to a World Cup... dreams do come true ���������� pic.twitter.com/kSM8VORdp0— Ashley Young (@youngy18) May 16, 2018 2:58PM Nawwww Congratulations to @Popey1992 on his call up to the @England World Cup 2018 squad, from Ram Meadow to Russia. pic.twitter.com/mpGWMyXB2v— Bury Town F.C. (@BuryTownFC) May 16, 2018 2:52PM Lovely stuff, Marcus Rashford After years of you standing on the touch line in the cold and rain, Mum we're off to the World Cup! ������ pic.twitter.com/JOCj5oBCtN— Marcus Rashford (@MarcusRashford) May 16, 2018 2:18PM Sweeping changes Only five players in Southgate's 23-man squad from the 23 picked by Hodgson for 2014: Cahill, Jones, Henderson, Welbeck, Sterling. As comparison, 12 from 2006 WC squad were picked in 2010— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) May 16, 2018 2:16PM By the way This is how the England squad was announced before the list was published in full: For the nation, by the nation. The #ThreeLions’ official @FIFAWorldCup squad announcement. pic.twitter.com/YecUWPUZfJ— England (@England) May 16, 2018 2:10PM Back-up list These five players are on the reserve list: Tom Heaton, James Tarkowski, Lewis Cook, Jake Livermore and Adam Lallana 2:09PM The headlines No Adam Lallana in the squad Danny Welbeck and Ruben Loftus-Cheek make the cut Jake Livermore misses out Plenty of options at centre-back, with Cahill, Jones, Maguire, Stones, Dier and Walker selected. 2:06PM Squad in full Goalkeepers Jack Butland, Jordan Pickford, Nick Pope Defenders Trent Alexander-Arnold, Gary Cahill, Phil Jones, Harry Maguire, Danny Rose, John Stones, Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker, Ashley Young Midfielders Eric Dier, Dele Alli, Jordan Henderson, Fabian Delph, Jesse Lingard, Ruben Loftus-Cheek Forwards Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Raheem Sterling, Danny Welbeck, Jamie Vardy 2:04PM The England squad is here 1:59PM Not long now If that 2pm estimate was correct for the squad announcement, then we will know England's World Cup squad very, very soon indeed. 1:57PM Rumours galore There is a sudden surge of excitement on Twitter after Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey posted this picture. Take note of the 'Humble Lion' caption. ���� let me know the dates and I'm in https://t.co/6PgPvhg77X— Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere) May 16, 2018 Jamaica-born Bailey is one of the Bundesliga's most exciting players, and there had been rumours he may qualify through his grandparents, two of whom have British passports. Fifa rules state that a player can only qualify to play for a country if their grandparents were born in that country which, as far as my research tells me, is not the case for Bailey, meaning he would not qualify to play for England. NB: There is a chance I am wrong about this. 1:43PM Jack makes other plans ���� let me know the dates and I'm in https://t.co/6PgPvhg77X— Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere) May 16, 2018 1:33PM So, what's still up in the air? There is a core group of players who will definitely be in the squad, and after this morning's revelations, there are only a few spots still up for grabs. There is probably a centre-back spot that will be contested by Harry Maguire and Phil Jones. Cahill's inclusion could suggest Southgate will go with experience in defence (favouring Jones), but having already picked Cahill he may want a younger player (favouring Maguire). Adam Lallana will probably make the cut, but he has only played 235 minutes of Premier League football all season, so you could understand why Southgate might have reservations. His recent run of injuries will also mean that, if he is named, the back-up midfielders will be on high alert. Will Adam Lallana be given another chance to prove his fitness? Credit: Getty images Support for Ruben Loftus-Cheek's inclusion has gathered pace. Will he make the cut or will Southgate go left-field with his final midfielder? Danny Welbeck will likely be included, but that isn't certain by any stretch. 12:51PM Make football come home Why not have some fun mapping out England's path to glory with our predictor tool? World Cup predictor 12:37PM It's all go today While Premier League clubs are parting ways with managers all over the shop (well, here and here), buzz is building around the squad that England will take to Russia. There has been a fair bit of bemusement about Wilshere's omission (not least from this journalist), but the decisions to take Cahill and Alexander-Arnold will be widely supported, I reckon. Some experience and some youth: Southgate is pleasing everyone. Alexander-Arnold has been a roaring success at Liverpool Credit: Getty images 12:20PM Exclusive: Cahill and Alexander-Arnold are on the plane Matt Lawreports: Gary Cahill has been named in Gareth Southgate’s 23-man England World Cup squad that will be officially revealed later today. And Liverpool teenager Trent Alexander-Arnold has also been called up, despite being uncapped at senior level. You can read the full story here. 11:59AM Not long now Today is the day: England's squad for the 2018 World Cup will be announced this afternoon. Everyone has their own opinion over how the final 23 should look, but the only one that matters is that of Gareth Southgate. Here's me trying to second guess the England manager: England's World Cup 2018 squad - ranked We think the squad will be named around 2pm, so there's a little time to wait yet - and plenty of time to discuss Southgate's options. He has already let Wilshere, Hart and Bertrand know that they won't be going to Russia, which leaves two outfield spots free (presuming Nick Pope goes as third-choice goalkeeper). Will Ruben Loftus-Cheek sneak in? Will Danny Welbeck go to another major tournament? Is there any chance of a complete curveball in the shape of someone like Ryan Sessegnon or Ademola Lookman? Let's see what Southgate decides.
England World Cup 2018 squad revealed: Gareth Southgate names Trent Alexander-Arnold in 23 'to get excited about'
Gareth Southgate has claimed he has picked an England squad to excite the nation at this summer’s World Cup. Manager Southgate revealed his 23-man squad on Wednesday afternoon, with Adam Lallana, who is on the standby list, the big-name omission. But Southgate believes, with the likes of Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, Dele Alli and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, his young England squad offers plenty of encouragement. “I believe this is a squad which we can be excited about,” said Southgate. “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. “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.” Dreamt of going to a World Cup since I was a kid. Today that dream come true, an honour to represent the 3 Lions this summer! �� @Englandpic.twitter.com/e6c8agtVar— Trent Arnold (@trentaa98) May 16, 2018 As revealed by Telegraph Sport earlier today, Gary Cahill is part of the squad and Liverpool teenager Trent Alexander-Arnold has also been called up, despite being uncapped at senior level. “The selection process has been over months really, it’s not just been the last few weeks,” said Southgate. “We feel the team are improving and we want to continue that momentum. “The first call up for Trent Alexander-Arnold is well deserved. When we pick young players, it’s not just because they are young, it’s because their performances deserve it. “We’ve also had a couple of injuries with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Joe Gomez, which is a huge blow for them personally and disappointing for us.” Adam Lallana was omitted after missing most of the season through injury Credit: Getty images Goalkeeper Joe Hart, midfielder Jack Wilshere and left-back Ryan Bertrand have all been omitted and not placed on Southgate’s five-man standby list that includes Lallana, Tom Heaton, Jake Livermore James Tarkowski and Lewis Cook. “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,” said Southgate, whose goalkeepers are Jordan Pickford, Jack Butland and Nick Pope. “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. Southgate says the three goalkeepers he chose have had 'better seasons' than Hart Credit: Getty images “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.” Lallana has not started a Liverpool game since the beginning of March and Southgate has decided the 30-year-old cannot be risked. He is on Southgate’s list of standbys in case of injuries, but Lallana will be devastated not to be among the 23 players guaranteed a place on the plane. World Cup predictor Southgate tried to offer some consolation by saying: “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. “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.” The majority of the England squad meet up at St George’s Park on Monday, with those involved in the FA Cup and Champions League final given some extra time off. England play warm-up games against Nigeria on Saturday June 2 and Costa Rica on Thursday June 7 before flying out to Russia for the tournament. England squad | World Cup 2018 3:47PM Wonder what the voicemail said... The one call you don’t want to miss!!...���� #WC2018pic.twitter.com/thH8CvavWA— Kyle Walker (@kylewalker2) May 16, 2018 3:33PM You picked largely the same players as Southgate Telegraph readers agree with all but three of Southgate’s choices Using our unique squad selector tool over the last few months, our readers chose their preferred 23 England players to go to Russia. As it turns out, more than 50 per cent of you wanted 20 of Southgate's 23 on the plane. The majority of you, however, did not pick Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Danny Welbeck or Fabian Delph. 3:24PM An inexperienced squad The 23 players have just 449 caps between them - an average of 19.5, which isn't very many at all. They also have just three tournament goals between the lot of them: Danny Welbeck at Euro 2012, and Jamie Vardy and Eric Dier at Euro 2016. Maybe Southgate is taking Gary Linker's advice and building for future competitions. 3:11PM Dele's excited It's an honour to be named in the England squad for the World Cup. It's a dream come true! Get me to Russia!! ��⚽️ #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/D8EjN8z5EI— Dele (@dele_official) May 16, 2018 3:05PM Ashley Young achieves a dream Maybe this picture said I was gonna live my dream and go to a World Cup... dreams do come true ���������� pic.twitter.com/kSM8VORdp0— Ashley Young (@youngy18) May 16, 2018 2:58PM Nawwww Congratulations to @Popey1992 on his call up to the @England World Cup 2018 squad, from Ram Meadow to Russia. pic.twitter.com/mpGWMyXB2v— Bury Town F.C. (@BuryTownFC) May 16, 2018 2:52PM Lovely stuff, Marcus Rashford After years of you standing on the touch line in the cold and rain, Mum we're off to the World Cup! ������ pic.twitter.com/JOCj5oBCtN— Marcus Rashford (@MarcusRashford) May 16, 2018 2:18PM Sweeping changes Only five players in Southgate's 23-man squad from the 23 picked by Hodgson for 2014: Cahill, Jones, Henderson, Welbeck, Sterling. As comparison, 12 from 2006 WC squad were picked in 2010— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) May 16, 2018 2:16PM By the way This is how the England squad was announced before the list was published in full: For the nation, by the nation. The #ThreeLions’ official @FIFAWorldCup squad announcement. pic.twitter.com/YecUWPUZfJ— England (@England) May 16, 2018 2:10PM Back-up list These five players are on the reserve list: Tom Heaton, James Tarkowski, Lewis Cook, Jake Livermore and Adam Lallana 2:09PM The headlines No Adam Lallana in the squad Danny Welbeck and Ruben Loftus-Cheek make the cut Jake Livermore misses out Plenty of options at centre-back, with Cahill, Jones, Maguire, Stones, Dier and Walker selected. 2:06PM Squad in full Goalkeepers Jack Butland, Jordan Pickford, Nick Pope Defenders Trent Alexander-Arnold, Gary Cahill, Phil Jones, Harry Maguire, Danny Rose, John Stones, Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker, Ashley Young Midfielders Eric Dier, Dele Alli, Jordan Henderson, Fabian Delph, Jesse Lingard, Ruben Loftus-Cheek Forwards Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Raheem Sterling, Danny Welbeck, Jamie Vardy 2:04PM The England squad is here 1:59PM Not long now If that 2pm estimate was correct for the squad announcement, then we will know England's World Cup squad very, very soon indeed. 1:57PM Rumours galore There is a sudden surge of excitement on Twitter after Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey posted this picture. Take note of the 'Humble Lion' caption. ���� let me know the dates and I'm in https://t.co/6PgPvhg77X— Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere) May 16, 2018 Jamaica-born Bailey is one of the Bundesliga's most exciting players, and there had been rumours he may qualify through his grandparents, two of whom have British passports. Fifa rules state that a player can only qualify to play for a country if their grandparents were born in that country which, as far as my research tells me, is not the case for Bailey, meaning he would not qualify to play for England. NB: There is a chance I am wrong about this. 1:43PM Jack makes other plans ���� let me know the dates and I'm in https://t.co/6PgPvhg77X— Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere) May 16, 2018 1:33PM So, what's still up in the air? There is a core group of players who will definitely be in the squad, and after this morning's revelations, there are only a few spots still up for grabs. There is probably a centre-back spot that will be contested by Harry Maguire and Phil Jones. Cahill's inclusion could suggest Southgate will go with experience in defence (favouring Jones), but having already picked Cahill he may want a younger player (favouring Maguire). Adam Lallana will probably make the cut, but he has only played 235 minutes of Premier League football all season, so you could understand why Southgate might have reservations. His recent run of injuries will also mean that, if he is named, the back-up midfielders will be on high alert. Will Adam Lallana be given another chance to prove his fitness? Credit: Getty images Support for Ruben Loftus-Cheek's inclusion has gathered pace. Will he make the cut or will Southgate go left-field with his final midfielder? Danny Welbeck will likely be included, but that isn't certain by any stretch. 12:51PM Make football come home Why not have some fun mapping out England's path to glory with our predictor tool? World Cup predictor 12:37PM It's all go today While Premier League clubs are parting ways with managers all over the shop (well, here and here), buzz is building around the squad that England will take to Russia. There has been a fair bit of bemusement about Wilshere's omission (not least from this journalist), but the decisions to take Cahill and Alexander-Arnold will be widely supported, I reckon. Some experience and some youth: Southgate is pleasing everyone. Alexander-Arnold has been a roaring success at Liverpool Credit: Getty images 12:20PM Exclusive: Cahill and Alexander-Arnold are on the plane Matt Lawreports: Gary Cahill has been named in Gareth Southgate’s 23-man England World Cup squad that will be officially revealed later today. And Liverpool teenager Trent Alexander-Arnold has also been called up, despite being uncapped at senior level. You can read the full story here. 11:59AM Not long now Today is the day: England's squad for the 2018 World Cup will be announced this afternoon. Everyone has their own opinion over how the final 23 should look, but the only one that matters is that of Gareth Southgate. Here's me trying to second guess the England manager: England's World Cup 2018 squad - ranked We think the squad will be named around 2pm, so there's a little time to wait yet - and plenty of time to discuss Southgate's options. He has already let Wilshere, Hart and Bertrand know that they won't be going to Russia, which leaves two outfield spots free (presuming Nick Pope goes as third-choice goalkeeper). Will Ruben Loftus-Cheek sneak in? Will Danny Welbeck go to another major tournament? Is there any chance of a complete curveball in the shape of someone like Ryan Sessegnon or Ademola Lookman? Let's see what Southgate decides.
Gareth Southgate has claimed he has picked an England squad to excite the nation at this summer’s World Cup. Manager Southgate revealed his 23-man squad on Wednesday afternoon, with Adam Lallana, who is on the standby list, the big-name omission. But Southgate believes, with the likes of Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, Dele Alli and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, his young England squad offers plenty of encouragement. “I believe this is a squad which we can be excited about,” said Southgate. “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. “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.” Dreamt of going to a World Cup since I was a kid. Today that dream come true, an honour to represent the 3 Lions this summer! �� @Englandpic.twitter.com/e6c8agtVar— Trent Arnold (@trentaa98) May 16, 2018 As revealed by Telegraph Sport earlier today, Gary Cahill is part of the squad and Liverpool teenager Trent Alexander-Arnold has also been called up, despite being uncapped at senior level. “The selection process has been over months really, it’s not just been the last few weeks,” said Southgate. “We feel the team are improving and we want to continue that momentum. “The first call up for Trent Alexander-Arnold is well deserved. When we pick young players, it’s not just because they are young, it’s because their performances deserve it. “We’ve also had a couple of injuries with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Joe Gomez, which is a huge blow for them personally and disappointing for us.” Adam Lallana was omitted after missing most of the season through injury Credit: Getty images Goalkeeper Joe Hart, midfielder Jack Wilshere and left-back Ryan Bertrand have all been omitted and not placed on Southgate’s five-man standby list that includes Lallana, Tom Heaton, Jake Livermore James Tarkowski and Lewis Cook. “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,” said Southgate, whose goalkeepers are Jordan Pickford, Jack Butland and Nick Pope. “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. Southgate says the three goalkeepers he chose have had 'better seasons' than Hart Credit: Getty images “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.” Lallana has not started a Liverpool game since the beginning of March and Southgate has decided the 30-year-old cannot be risked. He is on Southgate’s list of standbys in case of injuries, but Lallana will be devastated not to be among the 23 players guaranteed a place on the plane. World Cup predictor Southgate tried to offer some consolation by saying: “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. “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.” The majority of the England squad meet up at St George’s Park on Monday, with those involved in the FA Cup and Champions League final given some extra time off. England play warm-up games against Nigeria on Saturday June 2 and Costa Rica on Thursday June 7 before flying out to Russia for the tournament. England squad | World Cup 2018 3:47PM Wonder what the voicemail said... The one call you don’t want to miss!!...���� #WC2018pic.twitter.com/thH8CvavWA— Kyle Walker (@kylewalker2) May 16, 2018 3:33PM You picked largely the same players as Southgate Telegraph readers agree with all but three of Southgate’s choices Using our unique squad selector tool over the last few months, our readers chose their preferred 23 England players to go to Russia. As it turns out, more than 50 per cent of you wanted 20 of Southgate's 23 on the plane. The majority of you, however, did not pick Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Danny Welbeck or Fabian Delph. 3:24PM An inexperienced squad The 23 players have just 449 caps between them - an average of 19.5, which isn't very many at all. They also have just three tournament goals between the lot of them: Danny Welbeck at Euro 2012, and Jamie Vardy and Eric Dier at Euro 2016. Maybe Southgate is taking Gary Linker's advice and building for future competitions. 3:11PM Dele's excited It's an honour to be named in the England squad for the World Cup. It's a dream come true! Get me to Russia!! ��⚽️ #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/D8EjN8z5EI— Dele (@dele_official) May 16, 2018 3:05PM Ashley Young achieves a dream Maybe this picture said I was gonna live my dream and go to a World Cup... dreams do come true ���������� pic.twitter.com/kSM8VORdp0— Ashley Young (@youngy18) May 16, 2018 2:58PM Nawwww Congratulations to @Popey1992 on his call up to the @England World Cup 2018 squad, from Ram Meadow to Russia. pic.twitter.com/mpGWMyXB2v— Bury Town F.C. (@BuryTownFC) May 16, 2018 2:52PM Lovely stuff, Marcus Rashford After years of you standing on the touch line in the cold and rain, Mum we're off to the World Cup! ������ pic.twitter.com/JOCj5oBCtN— Marcus Rashford (@MarcusRashford) May 16, 2018 2:18PM Sweeping changes Only five players in Southgate's 23-man squad from the 23 picked by Hodgson for 2014: Cahill, Jones, Henderson, Welbeck, Sterling. As comparison, 12 from 2006 WC squad were picked in 2010— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) May 16, 2018 2:16PM By the way This is how the England squad was announced before the list was published in full: For the nation, by the nation. The #ThreeLions’ official @FIFAWorldCup squad announcement. pic.twitter.com/YecUWPUZfJ— England (@England) May 16, 2018 2:10PM Back-up list These five players are on the reserve list: Tom Heaton, James Tarkowski, Lewis Cook, Jake Livermore and Adam Lallana 2:09PM The headlines No Adam Lallana in the squad Danny Welbeck and Ruben Loftus-Cheek make the cut Jake Livermore misses out Plenty of options at centre-back, with Cahill, Jones, Maguire, Stones, Dier and Walker selected. 2:06PM Squad in full Goalkeepers Jack Butland, Jordan Pickford, Nick Pope Defenders Trent Alexander-Arnold, Gary Cahill, Phil Jones, Harry Maguire, Danny Rose, John Stones, Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker, Ashley Young Midfielders Eric Dier, Dele Alli, Jordan Henderson, Fabian Delph, Jesse Lingard, Ruben Loftus-Cheek Forwards Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Raheem Sterling, Danny Welbeck, Jamie Vardy 2:04PM The England squad is here 1:59PM Not long now If that 2pm estimate was correct for the squad announcement, then we will know England's World Cup squad very, very soon indeed. 1:57PM Rumours galore There is a sudden surge of excitement on Twitter after Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey posted this picture. Take note of the 'Humble Lion' caption. ���� let me know the dates and I'm in https://t.co/6PgPvhg77X— Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere) May 16, 2018 Jamaica-born Bailey is one of the Bundesliga's most exciting players, and there had been rumours he may qualify through his grandparents, two of whom have British passports. Fifa rules state that a player can only qualify to play for a country if their grandparents were born in that country which, as far as my research tells me, is not the case for Bailey, meaning he would not qualify to play for England. NB: There is a chance I am wrong about this. 1:43PM Jack makes other plans ���� let me know the dates and I'm in https://t.co/6PgPvhg77X— Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere) May 16, 2018 1:33PM So, what's still up in the air? There is a core group of players who will definitely be in the squad, and after this morning's revelations, there are only a few spots still up for grabs. There is probably a centre-back spot that will be contested by Harry Maguire and Phil Jones. Cahill's inclusion could suggest Southgate will go with experience in defence (favouring Jones), but having already picked Cahill he may want a younger player (favouring Maguire). Adam Lallana will probably make the cut, but he has only played 235 minutes of Premier League football all season, so you could understand why Southgate might have reservations. His recent run of injuries will also mean that, if he is named, the back-up midfielders will be on high alert. Will Adam Lallana be given another chance to prove his fitness? Credit: Getty images Support for Ruben Loftus-Cheek's inclusion has gathered pace. Will he make the cut or will Southgate go left-field with his final midfielder? Danny Welbeck will likely be included, but that isn't certain by any stretch. 12:51PM Make football come home Why not have some fun mapping out England's path to glory with our predictor tool? World Cup predictor 12:37PM It's all go today While Premier League clubs are parting ways with managers all over the shop (well, here and here), buzz is building around the squad that England will take to Russia. There has been a fair bit of bemusement about Wilshere's omission (not least from this journalist), but the decisions to take Cahill and Alexander-Arnold will be widely supported, I reckon. Some experience and some youth: Southgate is pleasing everyone. Alexander-Arnold has been a roaring success at Liverpool Credit: Getty images 12:20PM Exclusive: Cahill and Alexander-Arnold are on the plane Matt Lawreports: Gary Cahill has been named in Gareth Southgate’s 23-man England World Cup squad that will be officially revealed later today. And Liverpool teenager Trent Alexander-Arnold has also been called up, despite being uncapped at senior level. You can read the full story here. 11:59AM Not long now Today is the day: England's squad for the 2018 World Cup will be announced this afternoon. Everyone has their own opinion over how the final 23 should look, but the only one that matters is that of Gareth Southgate. Here's me trying to second guess the England manager: England's World Cup 2018 squad - ranked We think the squad will be named around 2pm, so there's a little time to wait yet - and plenty of time to discuss Southgate's options. He has already let Wilshere, Hart and Bertrand know that they won't be going to Russia, which leaves two outfield spots free (presuming Nick Pope goes as third-choice goalkeeper). Will Ruben Loftus-Cheek sneak in? Will Danny Welbeck go to another major tournament? Is there any chance of a complete curveball in the shape of someone like Ryan Sessegnon or Ademola Lookman? Let's see what Southgate decides.
England World Cup 2018 squad revealed: Gareth Southgate names Trent Alexander-Arnold in 23 'to get excited about'
Gareth Southgate has claimed he has picked an England squad to excite the nation at this summer’s World Cup. Manager Southgate revealed his 23-man squad on Wednesday afternoon, with Adam Lallana, who is on the standby list, the big-name omission. But Southgate believes, with the likes of Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, Dele Alli and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, his young England squad offers plenty of encouragement. “I believe this is a squad which we can be excited about,” said Southgate. “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. “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.” Dreamt of going to a World Cup since I was a kid. Today that dream come true, an honour to represent the 3 Lions this summer! �� @Englandpic.twitter.com/e6c8agtVar— Trent Arnold (@trentaa98) May 16, 2018 As revealed by Telegraph Sport earlier today, Gary Cahill is part of the squad and Liverpool teenager Trent Alexander-Arnold has also been called up, despite being uncapped at senior level. “The selection process has been over months really, it’s not just been the last few weeks,” said Southgate. “We feel the team are improving and we want to continue that momentum. “The first call up for Trent Alexander-Arnold is well deserved. When we pick young players, it’s not just because they are young, it’s because their performances deserve it. “We’ve also had a couple of injuries with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Joe Gomez, which is a huge blow for them personally and disappointing for us.” Adam Lallana was omitted after missing most of the season through injury Credit: Getty images Goalkeeper Joe Hart, midfielder Jack Wilshere and left-back Ryan Bertrand have all been omitted and not placed on Southgate’s five-man standby list that includes Lallana, Tom Heaton, Jake Livermore James Tarkowski and Lewis Cook. “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,” said Southgate, whose goalkeepers are Jordan Pickford, Jack Butland and Nick Pope. “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. Southgate says the three goalkeepers he chose have had 'better seasons' than Hart Credit: Getty images “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.” Lallana has not started a Liverpool game since the beginning of March and Southgate has decided the 30-year-old cannot be risked. He is on Southgate’s list of standbys in case of injuries, but Lallana will be devastated not to be among the 23 players guaranteed a place on the plane. World Cup predictor Southgate tried to offer some consolation by saying: “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. “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.” The majority of the England squad meet up at St George’s Park on Monday, with those involved in the FA Cup and Champions League final given some extra time off. England play warm-up games against Nigeria on Saturday June 2 and Costa Rica on Thursday June 7 before flying out to Russia for the tournament. England squad | World Cup 2018 3:47PM Wonder what the voicemail said... The one call you don’t want to miss!!...���� #WC2018pic.twitter.com/thH8CvavWA— Kyle Walker (@kylewalker2) May 16, 2018 3:33PM You picked largely the same players as Southgate Telegraph readers agree with all but three of Southgate’s choices Using our unique squad selector tool over the last few months, our readers chose their preferred 23 England players to go to Russia. As it turns out, more than 50 per cent of you wanted 20 of Southgate's 23 on the plane. The majority of you, however, did not pick Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Danny Welbeck or Fabian Delph. 3:24PM An inexperienced squad The 23 players have just 449 caps between them - an average of 19.5, which isn't very many at all. They also have just three tournament goals between the lot of them: Danny Welbeck at Euro 2012, and Jamie Vardy and Eric Dier at Euro 2016. Maybe Southgate is taking Gary Linker's advice and building for future competitions. 3:11PM Dele's excited It's an honour to be named in the England squad for the World Cup. It's a dream come true! Get me to Russia!! ��⚽️ #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/D8EjN8z5EI— Dele (@dele_official) May 16, 2018 3:05PM Ashley Young achieves a dream Maybe this picture said I was gonna live my dream and go to a World Cup... dreams do come true ���������� pic.twitter.com/kSM8VORdp0— Ashley Young (@youngy18) May 16, 2018 2:58PM Nawwww Congratulations to @Popey1992 on his call up to the @England World Cup 2018 squad, from Ram Meadow to Russia. pic.twitter.com/mpGWMyXB2v— Bury Town F.C. (@BuryTownFC) May 16, 2018 2:52PM Lovely stuff, Marcus Rashford After years of you standing on the touch line in the cold and rain, Mum we're off to the World Cup! ������ pic.twitter.com/JOCj5oBCtN— Marcus Rashford (@MarcusRashford) May 16, 2018 2:18PM Sweeping changes Only five players in Southgate's 23-man squad from the 23 picked by Hodgson for 2014: Cahill, Jones, Henderson, Welbeck, Sterling. As comparison, 12 from 2006 WC squad were picked in 2010— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) May 16, 2018 2:16PM By the way This is how the England squad was announced before the list was published in full: For the nation, by the nation. The #ThreeLions’ official @FIFAWorldCup squad announcement. pic.twitter.com/YecUWPUZfJ— England (@England) May 16, 2018 2:10PM Back-up list These five players are on the reserve list: Tom Heaton, James Tarkowski, Lewis Cook, Jake Livermore and Adam Lallana 2:09PM The headlines No Adam Lallana in the squad Danny Welbeck and Ruben Loftus-Cheek make the cut Jake Livermore misses out Plenty of options at centre-back, with Cahill, Jones, Maguire, Stones, Dier and Walker selected. 2:06PM Squad in full Goalkeepers Jack Butland, Jordan Pickford, Nick Pope Defenders Trent Alexander-Arnold, Gary Cahill, Phil Jones, Harry Maguire, Danny Rose, John Stones, Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker, Ashley Young Midfielders Eric Dier, Dele Alli, Jordan Henderson, Fabian Delph, Jesse Lingard, Ruben Loftus-Cheek Forwards Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Raheem Sterling, Danny Welbeck, Jamie Vardy 2:04PM The England squad is here 1:59PM Not long now If that 2pm estimate was correct for the squad announcement, then we will know England's World Cup squad very, very soon indeed. 1:57PM Rumours galore There is a sudden surge of excitement on Twitter after Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey posted this picture. Take note of the 'Humble Lion' caption. ���� let me know the dates and I'm in https://t.co/6PgPvhg77X— Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere) May 16, 2018 Jamaica-born Bailey is one of the Bundesliga's most exciting players, and there had been rumours he may qualify through his grandparents, two of whom have British passports. Fifa rules state that a player can only qualify to play for a country if their grandparents were born in that country which, as far as my research tells me, is not the case for Bailey, meaning he would not qualify to play for England. NB: There is a chance I am wrong about this. 1:43PM Jack makes other plans ���� let me know the dates and I'm in https://t.co/6PgPvhg77X— Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere) May 16, 2018 1:33PM So, what's still up in the air? There is a core group of players who will definitely be in the squad, and after this morning's revelations, there are only a few spots still up for grabs. There is probably a centre-back spot that will be contested by Harry Maguire and Phil Jones. Cahill's inclusion could suggest Southgate will go with experience in defence (favouring Jones), but having already picked Cahill he may want a younger player (favouring Maguire). Adam Lallana will probably make the cut, but he has only played 235 minutes of Premier League football all season, so you could understand why Southgate might have reservations. His recent run of injuries will also mean that, if he is named, the back-up midfielders will be on high alert. Will Adam Lallana be given another chance to prove his fitness? Credit: Getty images Support for Ruben Loftus-Cheek's inclusion has gathered pace. Will he make the cut or will Southgate go left-field with his final midfielder? Danny Welbeck will likely be included, but that isn't certain by any stretch. 12:51PM Make football come home Why not have some fun mapping out England's path to glory with our predictor tool? World Cup predictor 12:37PM It's all go today While Premier League clubs are parting ways with managers all over the shop (well, here and here), buzz is building around the squad that England will take to Russia. There has been a fair bit of bemusement about Wilshere's omission (not least from this journalist), but the decisions to take Cahill and Alexander-Arnold will be widely supported, I reckon. Some experience and some youth: Southgate is pleasing everyone. Alexander-Arnold has been a roaring success at Liverpool Credit: Getty images 12:20PM Exclusive: Cahill and Alexander-Arnold are on the plane Matt Lawreports: Gary Cahill has been named in Gareth Southgate’s 23-man England World Cup squad that will be officially revealed later today. And Liverpool teenager Trent Alexander-Arnold has also been called up, despite being uncapped at senior level. You can read the full story here. 11:59AM Not long now Today is the day: England's squad for the 2018 World Cup will be announced this afternoon. Everyone has their own opinion over how the final 23 should look, but the only one that matters is that of Gareth Southgate. Here's me trying to second guess the England manager: England's World Cup 2018 squad - ranked We think the squad will be named around 2pm, so there's a little time to wait yet - and plenty of time to discuss Southgate's options. He has already let Wilshere, Hart and Bertrand know that they won't be going to Russia, which leaves two outfield spots free (presuming Nick Pope goes as third-choice goalkeeper). Will Ruben Loftus-Cheek sneak in? Will Danny Welbeck go to another major tournament? Is there any chance of a complete curveball in the shape of someone like Ryan Sessegnon or Ademola Lookman? Let's see what Southgate decides.
Gareth Southgate has claimed he has picked an England squad to excite the nation at this summer’s World Cup. Manager Southgate revealed his 23-man squad on Wednesday afternoon, with Adam Lallana, who is on the standby list, the big-name omission. But Southgate believes, with the likes of Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, Dele Alli and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, his young England squad offers plenty of encouragement. “I believe this is a squad which we can be excited about,” said Southgate. “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. “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.” Dreamt of going to a World Cup since I was a kid. Today that dream come true, an honour to represent the 3 Lions this summer! �� @Englandpic.twitter.com/e6c8agtVar— Trent Arnold (@trentaa98) May 16, 2018 As revealed by Telegraph Sport earlier today, Gary Cahill is part of the squad and Liverpool teenager Trent Alexander-Arnold has also been called up, despite being uncapped at senior level. “The selection process has been over months really, it’s not just been the last few weeks,” said Southgate. “We feel the team are improving and we want to continue that momentum. “The first call up for Trent Alexander-Arnold is well deserved. When we pick young players, it’s not just because they are young, it’s because their performances deserve it. “We’ve also had a couple of injuries with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Joe Gomez, which is a huge blow for them personally and disappointing for us.” Adam Lallana was omitted after missing most of the season through injury Credit: Getty images Goalkeeper Joe Hart, midfielder Jack Wilshere and left-back Ryan Bertrand have all been omitted and not placed on Southgate’s five-man standby list that includes Lallana, Tom Heaton, Jake Livermore James Tarkowski and Lewis Cook. “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,” said Southgate, whose goalkeepers are Jordan Pickford, Jack Butland and Nick Pope. “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. Southgate says the three goalkeepers he chose have had 'better seasons' than Hart Credit: Getty images “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.” Lallana has not started a Liverpool game since the beginning of March and Southgate has decided the 30-year-old cannot be risked. He is on Southgate’s list of standbys in case of injuries, but Lallana will be devastated not to be among the 23 players guaranteed a place on the plane. World Cup predictor Southgate tried to offer some consolation by saying: “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. “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.” The majority of the England squad meet up at St George’s Park on Monday, with those involved in the FA Cup and Champions League final given some extra time off. England play warm-up games against Nigeria on Saturday June 2 and Costa Rica on Thursday June 7 before flying out to Russia for the tournament. England squad | World Cup 2018 3:47PM Wonder what the voicemail said... The one call you don’t want to miss!!...���� #WC2018pic.twitter.com/thH8CvavWA— Kyle Walker (@kylewalker2) May 16, 2018 3:33PM You picked largely the same players as Southgate Telegraph readers agree with all but three of Southgate’s choices Using our unique squad selector tool over the last few months, our readers chose their preferred 23 England players to go to Russia. As it turns out, more than 50 per cent of you wanted 20 of Southgate's 23 on the plane. The majority of you, however, did not pick Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Danny Welbeck or Fabian Delph. 3:24PM An inexperienced squad The 23 players have just 449 caps between them - an average of 19.5, which isn't very many at all. They also have just three tournament goals between the lot of them: Danny Welbeck at Euro 2012, and Jamie Vardy and Eric Dier at Euro 2016. Maybe Southgate is taking Gary Linker's advice and building for future competitions. 3:11PM Dele's excited It's an honour to be named in the England squad for the World Cup. It's a dream come true! Get me to Russia!! ��⚽️ #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/D8EjN8z5EI— Dele (@dele_official) May 16, 2018 3:05PM Ashley Young achieves a dream Maybe this picture said I was gonna live my dream and go to a World Cup... dreams do come true ���������� pic.twitter.com/kSM8VORdp0— Ashley Young (@youngy18) May 16, 2018 2:58PM Nawwww Congratulations to @Popey1992 on his call up to the @England World Cup 2018 squad, from Ram Meadow to Russia. pic.twitter.com/mpGWMyXB2v— Bury Town F.C. (@BuryTownFC) May 16, 2018 2:52PM Lovely stuff, Marcus Rashford After years of you standing on the touch line in the cold and rain, Mum we're off to the World Cup! ������ pic.twitter.com/JOCj5oBCtN— Marcus Rashford (@MarcusRashford) May 16, 2018 2:18PM Sweeping changes Only five players in Southgate's 23-man squad from the 23 picked by Hodgson for 2014: Cahill, Jones, Henderson, Welbeck, Sterling. As comparison, 12 from 2006 WC squad were picked in 2010— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) May 16, 2018 2:16PM By the way This is how the England squad was announced before the list was published in full: For the nation, by the nation. The #ThreeLions’ official @FIFAWorldCup squad announcement. pic.twitter.com/YecUWPUZfJ— England (@England) May 16, 2018 2:10PM Back-up list These five players are on the reserve list: Tom Heaton, James Tarkowski, Lewis Cook, Jake Livermore and Adam Lallana 2:09PM The headlines No Adam Lallana in the squad Danny Welbeck and Ruben Loftus-Cheek make the cut Jake Livermore misses out Plenty of options at centre-back, with Cahill, Jones, Maguire, Stones, Dier and Walker selected. 2:06PM Squad in full Goalkeepers Jack Butland, Jordan Pickford, Nick Pope Defenders Trent Alexander-Arnold, Gary Cahill, Phil Jones, Harry Maguire, Danny Rose, John Stones, Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker, Ashley Young Midfielders Eric Dier, Dele Alli, Jordan Henderson, Fabian Delph, Jesse Lingard, Ruben Loftus-Cheek Forwards Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Raheem Sterling, Danny Welbeck, Jamie Vardy 2:04PM The England squad is here 1:59PM Not long now If that 2pm estimate was correct for the squad announcement, then we will know England's World Cup squad very, very soon indeed. 1:57PM Rumours galore There is a sudden surge of excitement on Twitter after Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey posted this picture. Take note of the 'Humble Lion' caption. ���� let me know the dates and I'm in https://t.co/6PgPvhg77X— Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere) May 16, 2018 Jamaica-born Bailey is one of the Bundesliga's most exciting players, and there had been rumours he may qualify through his grandparents, two of whom have British passports. Fifa rules state that a player can only qualify to play for a country if their grandparents were born in that country which, as far as my research tells me, is not the case for Bailey, meaning he would not qualify to play for England. NB: There is a chance I am wrong about this. 1:43PM Jack makes other plans ���� let me know the dates and I'm in https://t.co/6PgPvhg77X— Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere) May 16, 2018 1:33PM So, what's still up in the air? There is a core group of players who will definitely be in the squad, and after this morning's revelations, there are only a few spots still up for grabs. There is probably a centre-back spot that will be contested by Harry Maguire and Phil Jones. Cahill's inclusion could suggest Southgate will go with experience in defence (favouring Jones), but having already picked Cahill he may want a younger player (favouring Maguire). Adam Lallana will probably make the cut, but he has only played 235 minutes of Premier League football all season, so you could understand why Southgate might have reservations. His recent run of injuries will also mean that, if he is named, the back-up midfielders will be on high alert. Will Adam Lallana be given another chance to prove his fitness? Credit: Getty images Support for Ruben Loftus-Cheek's inclusion has gathered pace. Will he make the cut or will Southgate go left-field with his final midfielder? Danny Welbeck will likely be included, but that isn't certain by any stretch. 12:51PM Make football come home Why not have some fun mapping out England's path to glory with our predictor tool? World Cup predictor 12:37PM It's all go today While Premier League clubs are parting ways with managers all over the shop (well, here and here), buzz is building around the squad that England will take to Russia. There has been a fair bit of bemusement about Wilshere's omission (not least from this journalist), but the decisions to take Cahill and Alexander-Arnold will be widely supported, I reckon. Some experience and some youth: Southgate is pleasing everyone. Alexander-Arnold has been a roaring success at Liverpool Credit: Getty images 12:20PM Exclusive: Cahill and Alexander-Arnold are on the plane Matt Lawreports: Gary Cahill has been named in Gareth Southgate’s 23-man England World Cup squad that will be officially revealed later today. And Liverpool teenager Trent Alexander-Arnold has also been called up, despite being uncapped at senior level. You can read the full story here. 11:59AM Not long now Today is the day: England's squad for the 2018 World Cup will be announced this afternoon. Everyone has their own opinion over how the final 23 should look, but the only one that matters is that of Gareth Southgate. Here's me trying to second guess the England manager: England's World Cup 2018 squad - ranked We think the squad will be named around 2pm, so there's a little time to wait yet - and plenty of time to discuss Southgate's options. He has already let Wilshere, Hart and Bertrand know that they won't be going to Russia, which leaves two outfield spots free (presuming Nick Pope goes as third-choice goalkeeper). Will Ruben Loftus-Cheek sneak in? Will Danny Welbeck go to another major tournament? Is there any chance of a complete curveball in the shape of someone like Ryan Sessegnon or Ademola Lookman? Let's see what Southgate decides.
England World Cup 2018 squad revealed: Gareth Southgate names Trent Alexander-Arnold in 23 'to get excited about'
Gareth Southgate has claimed he has picked an England squad to excite the nation at this summer’s World Cup. Manager Southgate revealed his 23-man squad on Wednesday afternoon, with Adam Lallana, who is on the standby list, the big-name omission. But Southgate believes, with the likes of Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, Dele Alli and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, his young England squad offers plenty of encouragement. “I believe this is a squad which we can be excited about,” said Southgate. “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. “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.” Dreamt of going to a World Cup since I was a kid. Today that dream come true, an honour to represent the 3 Lions this summer! �� @Englandpic.twitter.com/e6c8agtVar— Trent Arnold (@trentaa98) May 16, 2018 As revealed by Telegraph Sport earlier today, Gary Cahill is part of the squad and Liverpool teenager Trent Alexander-Arnold has also been called up, despite being uncapped at senior level. “The selection process has been over months really, it’s not just been the last few weeks,” said Southgate. “We feel the team are improving and we want to continue that momentum. “The first call up for Trent Alexander-Arnold is well deserved. When we pick young players, it’s not just because they are young, it’s because their performances deserve it. “We’ve also had a couple of injuries with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Joe Gomez, which is a huge blow for them personally and disappointing for us.” Adam Lallana was omitted after missing most of the season through injury Credit: Getty images Goalkeeper Joe Hart, midfielder Jack Wilshere and left-back Ryan Bertrand have all been omitted and not placed on Southgate’s five-man standby list that includes Lallana, Tom Heaton, Jake Livermore James Tarkowski and Lewis Cook. “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,” said Southgate, whose goalkeepers are Jordan Pickford, Jack Butland and Nick Pope. “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. Southgate says the three goalkeepers he chose have had 'better seasons' than Hart Credit: Getty images “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.” Lallana has not started a Liverpool game since the beginning of March and Southgate has decided the 30-year-old cannot be risked. He is on Southgate’s list of standbys in case of injuries, but Lallana will be devastated not to be among the 23 players guaranteed a place on the plane. World Cup predictor Southgate tried to offer some consolation by saying: “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. “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.” The majority of the England squad meet up at St George’s Park on Monday, with those involved in the FA Cup and Champions League final given some extra time off. England play warm-up games against Nigeria on Saturday June 2 and Costa Rica on Thursday June 7 before flying out to Russia for the tournament. England squad | World Cup 2018 3:47PM Wonder what the voicemail said... The one call you don’t want to miss!!...���� #WC2018pic.twitter.com/thH8CvavWA— Kyle Walker (@kylewalker2) May 16, 2018 3:33PM You picked largely the same players as Southgate Telegraph readers agree with all but three of Southgate’s choices Using our unique squad selector tool over the last few months, our readers chose their preferred 23 England players to go to Russia. As it turns out, more than 50 per cent of you wanted 20 of Southgate's 23 on the plane. The majority of you, however, did not pick Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Danny Welbeck or Fabian Delph. 3:24PM An inexperienced squad The 23 players have just 449 caps between them - an average of 19.5, which isn't very many at all. They also have just three tournament goals between the lot of them: Danny Welbeck at Euro 2012, and Jamie Vardy and Eric Dier at Euro 2016. Maybe Southgate is taking Gary Linker's advice and building for future competitions. 3:11PM Dele's excited It's an honour to be named in the England squad for the World Cup. It's a dream come true! Get me to Russia!! ��⚽️ #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/D8EjN8z5EI— Dele (@dele_official) May 16, 2018 3:05PM Ashley Young achieves a dream Maybe this picture said I was gonna live my dream and go to a World Cup... dreams do come true ���������� pic.twitter.com/kSM8VORdp0— Ashley Young (@youngy18) May 16, 2018 2:58PM Nawwww Congratulations to @Popey1992 on his call up to the @England World Cup 2018 squad, from Ram Meadow to Russia. pic.twitter.com/mpGWMyXB2v— Bury Town F.C. (@BuryTownFC) May 16, 2018 2:52PM Lovely stuff, Marcus Rashford After years of you standing on the touch line in the cold and rain, Mum we're off to the World Cup! ������ pic.twitter.com/JOCj5oBCtN— Marcus Rashford (@MarcusRashford) May 16, 2018 2:18PM Sweeping changes Only five players in Southgate's 23-man squad from the 23 picked by Hodgson for 2014: Cahill, Jones, Henderson, Welbeck, Sterling. As comparison, 12 from 2006 WC squad were picked in 2010— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) May 16, 2018 2:16PM By the way This is how the England squad was announced before the list was published in full: For the nation, by the nation. The #ThreeLions’ official @FIFAWorldCup squad announcement. pic.twitter.com/YecUWPUZfJ— England (@England) May 16, 2018 2:10PM Back-up list These five players are on the reserve list: Tom Heaton, James Tarkowski, Lewis Cook, Jake Livermore and Adam Lallana 2:09PM The headlines No Adam Lallana in the squad Danny Welbeck and Ruben Loftus-Cheek make the cut Jake Livermore misses out Plenty of options at centre-back, with Cahill, Jones, Maguire, Stones, Dier and Walker selected. 2:06PM Squad in full Goalkeepers Jack Butland, Jordan Pickford, Nick Pope Defenders Trent Alexander-Arnold, Gary Cahill, Phil Jones, Harry Maguire, Danny Rose, John Stones, Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker, Ashley Young Midfielders Eric Dier, Dele Alli, Jordan Henderson, Fabian Delph, Jesse Lingard, Ruben Loftus-Cheek Forwards Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Raheem Sterling, Danny Welbeck, Jamie Vardy 2:04PM The England squad is here 1:59PM Not long now If that 2pm estimate was correct for the squad announcement, then we will know England's World Cup squad very, very soon indeed. 1:57PM Rumours galore There is a sudden surge of excitement on Twitter after Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey posted this picture. Take note of the 'Humble Lion' caption. ���� let me know the dates and I'm in https://t.co/6PgPvhg77X— Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere) May 16, 2018 Jamaica-born Bailey is one of the Bundesliga's most exciting players, and there had been rumours he may qualify through his grandparents, two of whom have British passports. Fifa rules state that a player can only qualify to play for a country if their grandparents were born in that country which, as far as my research tells me, is not the case for Bailey, meaning he would not qualify to play for England. NB: There is a chance I am wrong about this. 1:43PM Jack makes other plans ���� let me know the dates and I'm in https://t.co/6PgPvhg77X— Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere) May 16, 2018 1:33PM So, what's still up in the air? There is a core group of players who will definitely be in the squad, and after this morning's revelations, there are only a few spots still up for grabs. There is probably a centre-back spot that will be contested by Harry Maguire and Phil Jones. Cahill's inclusion could suggest Southgate will go with experience in defence (favouring Jones), but having already picked Cahill he may want a younger player (favouring Maguire). Adam Lallana will probably make the cut, but he has only played 235 minutes of Premier League football all season, so you could understand why Southgate might have reservations. His recent run of injuries will also mean that, if he is named, the back-up midfielders will be on high alert. Will Adam Lallana be given another chance to prove his fitness? Credit: Getty images Support for Ruben Loftus-Cheek's inclusion has gathered pace. Will he make the cut or will Southgate go left-field with his final midfielder? Danny Welbeck will likely be included, but that isn't certain by any stretch. 12:51PM Make football come home Why not have some fun mapping out England's path to glory with our predictor tool? World Cup predictor 12:37PM It's all go today While Premier League clubs are parting ways with managers all over the shop (well, here and here), buzz is building around the squad that England will take to Russia. There has been a fair bit of bemusement about Wilshere's omission (not least from this journalist), but the decisions to take Cahill and Alexander-Arnold will be widely supported, I reckon. Some experience and some youth: Southgate is pleasing everyone. Alexander-Arnold has been a roaring success at Liverpool Credit: Getty images 12:20PM Exclusive: Cahill and Alexander-Arnold are on the plane Matt Lawreports: Gary Cahill has been named in Gareth Southgate’s 23-man England World Cup squad that will be officially revealed later today. And Liverpool teenager Trent Alexander-Arnold has also been called up, despite being uncapped at senior level. You can read the full story here. 11:59AM Not long now Today is the day: England's squad for the 2018 World Cup will be announced this afternoon. Everyone has their own opinion over how the final 23 should look, but the only one that matters is that of Gareth Southgate. Here's me trying to second guess the England manager: England's World Cup 2018 squad - ranked We think the squad will be named around 2pm, so there's a little time to wait yet - and plenty of time to discuss Southgate's options. He has already let Wilshere, Hart and Bertrand know that they won't be going to Russia, which leaves two outfield spots free (presuming Nick Pope goes as third-choice goalkeeper). Will Ruben Loftus-Cheek sneak in? Will Danny Welbeck go to another major tournament? Is there any chance of a complete curveball in the shape of someone like Ryan Sessegnon or Ademola Lookman? Let's see what Southgate decides.
Gareth Southgate has claimed he has picked an England squad to excite the nation at this summer’s World Cup. Manager Southgate revealed his 23-man squad on Wednesday afternoon, with Adam Lallana, who is on the standby list, the big-name omission. But Southgate believes, with the likes of Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, Dele Alli and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, his young England squad offers plenty of encouragement. “I believe this is a squad which we can be excited about,” said Southgate. “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. “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.” Dreamt of going to a World Cup since I was a kid. Today that dream come true, an honour to represent the 3 Lions this summer! �� @Englandpic.twitter.com/e6c8agtVar— Trent Arnold (@trentaa98) May 16, 2018 As revealed by Telegraph Sport earlier today, Gary Cahill is part of the squad and Liverpool teenager Trent Alexander-Arnold has also been called up, despite being uncapped at senior level. “The selection process has been over months really, it’s not just been the last few weeks,” said Southgate. “We feel the team are improving and we want to continue that momentum. “The first call up for Trent Alexander-Arnold is well deserved. When we pick young players, it’s not just because they are young, it’s because their performances deserve it. “We’ve also had a couple of injuries with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Joe Gomez, which is a huge blow for them personally and disappointing for us.” Adam Lallana was omitted after missing most of the season through injury Credit: Getty images Goalkeeper Joe Hart, midfielder Jack Wilshere and left-back Ryan Bertrand have all been omitted and not placed on Southgate’s five-man standby list that includes Lallana, Tom Heaton, Jake Livermore James Tarkowski and Lewis Cook. “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,” said Southgate, whose goalkeepers are Jordan Pickford, Jack Butland and Nick Pope. “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. Southgate says the three goalkeepers he chose have had 'better seasons' than Hart Credit: Getty images “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.” Lallana has not started a Liverpool game since the beginning of March and Southgate has decided the 30-year-old cannot be risked. He is on Southgate’s list of standbys in case of injuries, but Lallana will be devastated not to be among the 23 players guaranteed a place on the plane. World Cup predictor Southgate tried to offer some consolation by saying: “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. “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.” The majority of the England squad meet up at St George’s Park on Monday, with those involved in the FA Cup and Champions League final given some extra time off. England play warm-up games against Nigeria on Saturday June 2 and Costa Rica on Thursday June 7 before flying out to Russia for the tournament. England squad | World Cup 2018 3:47PM Wonder what the voicemail said... The one call you don’t want to miss!!...���� #WC2018pic.twitter.com/thH8CvavWA— Kyle Walker (@kylewalker2) May 16, 2018 3:33PM You picked largely the same players as Southgate Telegraph readers agree with all but three of Southgate’s choices Using our unique squad selector tool over the last few months, our readers chose their preferred 23 England players to go to Russia. As it turns out, more than 50 per cent of you wanted 20 of Southgate's 23 on the plane. The majority of you, however, did not pick Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Danny Welbeck or Fabian Delph. 3:24PM An inexperienced squad The 23 players have just 449 caps between them - an average of 19.5, which isn't very many at all. They also have just three tournament goals between the lot of them: Danny Welbeck at Euro 2012, and Jamie Vardy and Eric Dier at Euro 2016. Maybe Southgate is taking Gary Linker's advice and building for future competitions. 3:11PM Dele's excited It's an honour to be named in the England squad for the World Cup. It's a dream come true! Get me to Russia!! ��⚽️ #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/D8EjN8z5EI— Dele (@dele_official) May 16, 2018 3:05PM Ashley Young achieves a dream Maybe this picture said I was gonna live my dream and go to a World Cup... dreams do come true ���������� pic.twitter.com/kSM8VORdp0— Ashley Young (@youngy18) May 16, 2018 2:58PM Nawwww Congratulations to @Popey1992 on his call up to the @England World Cup 2018 squad, from Ram Meadow to Russia. pic.twitter.com/mpGWMyXB2v— Bury Town F.C. (@BuryTownFC) May 16, 2018 2:52PM Lovely stuff, Marcus Rashford After years of you standing on the touch line in the cold and rain, Mum we're off to the World Cup! ������ pic.twitter.com/JOCj5oBCtN— Marcus Rashford (@MarcusRashford) May 16, 2018 2:18PM Sweeping changes Only five players in Southgate's 23-man squad from the 23 picked by Hodgson for 2014: Cahill, Jones, Henderson, Welbeck, Sterling. As comparison, 12 from 2006 WC squad were picked in 2010— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) May 16, 2018 2:16PM By the way This is how the England squad was announced before the list was published in full: For the nation, by the nation. The #ThreeLions’ official @FIFAWorldCup squad announcement. pic.twitter.com/YecUWPUZfJ— England (@England) May 16, 2018 2:10PM Back-up list These five players are on the reserve list: Tom Heaton, James Tarkowski, Lewis Cook, Jake Livermore and Adam Lallana 2:09PM The headlines No Adam Lallana in the squad Danny Welbeck and Ruben Loftus-Cheek make the cut Jake Livermore misses out Plenty of options at centre-back, with Cahill, Jones, Maguire, Stones, Dier and Walker selected. 2:06PM Squad in full Goalkeepers Jack Butland, Jordan Pickford, Nick Pope Defenders Trent Alexander-Arnold, Gary Cahill, Phil Jones, Harry Maguire, Danny Rose, John Stones, Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker, Ashley Young Midfielders Eric Dier, Dele Alli, Jordan Henderson, Fabian Delph, Jesse Lingard, Ruben Loftus-Cheek Forwards Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Raheem Sterling, Danny Welbeck, Jamie Vardy 2:04PM The England squad is here 1:59PM Not long now If that 2pm estimate was correct for the squad announcement, then we will know England's World Cup squad very, very soon indeed. 1:57PM Rumours galore There is a sudden surge of excitement on Twitter after Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey posted this picture. Take note of the 'Humble Lion' caption. ���� let me know the dates and I'm in https://t.co/6PgPvhg77X— Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere) May 16, 2018 Jamaica-born Bailey is one of the Bundesliga's most exciting players, and there had been rumours he may qualify through his grandparents, two of whom have British passports. Fifa rules state that a player can only qualify to play for a country if their grandparents were born in that country which, as far as my research tells me, is not the case for Bailey, meaning he would not qualify to play for England. NB: There is a chance I am wrong about this. 1:43PM Jack makes other plans ���� let me know the dates and I'm in https://t.co/6PgPvhg77X— Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere) May 16, 2018 1:33PM So, what's still up in the air? There is a core group of players who will definitely be in the squad, and after this morning's revelations, there are only a few spots still up for grabs. There is probably a centre-back spot that will be contested by Harry Maguire and Phil Jones. Cahill's inclusion could suggest Southgate will go with experience in defence (favouring Jones), but having already picked Cahill he may want a younger player (favouring Maguire). Adam Lallana will probably make the cut, but he has only played 235 minutes of Premier League football all season, so you could understand why Southgate might have reservations. His recent run of injuries will also mean that, if he is named, the back-up midfielders will be on high alert. Will Adam Lallana be given another chance to prove his fitness? Credit: Getty images Support for Ruben Loftus-Cheek's inclusion has gathered pace. Will he make the cut or will Southgate go left-field with his final midfielder? Danny Welbeck will likely be included, but that isn't certain by any stretch. 12:51PM Make football come home Why not have some fun mapping out England's path to glory with our predictor tool? World Cup predictor 12:37PM It's all go today While Premier League clubs are parting ways with managers all over the shop (well, here and here), buzz is building around the squad that England will take to Russia. There has been a fair bit of bemusement about Wilshere's omission (not least from this journalist), but the decisions to take Cahill and Alexander-Arnold will be widely supported, I reckon. Some experience and some youth: Southgate is pleasing everyone. Alexander-Arnold has been a roaring success at Liverpool Credit: Getty images 12:20PM Exclusive: Cahill and Alexander-Arnold are on the plane Matt Lawreports: Gary Cahill has been named in Gareth Southgate’s 23-man England World Cup squad that will be officially revealed later today. And Liverpool teenager Trent Alexander-Arnold has also been called up, despite being uncapped at senior level. You can read the full story here. 11:59AM Not long now Today is the day: England's squad for the 2018 World Cup will be announced this afternoon. Everyone has their own opinion over how the final 23 should look, but the only one that matters is that of Gareth Southgate. Here's me trying to second guess the England manager: England's World Cup 2018 squad - ranked We think the squad will be named around 2pm, so there's a little time to wait yet - and plenty of time to discuss Southgate's options. He has already let Wilshere, Hart and Bertrand know that they won't be going to Russia, which leaves two outfield spots free (presuming Nick Pope goes as third-choice goalkeeper). Will Ruben Loftus-Cheek sneak in? Will Danny Welbeck go to another major tournament? Is there any chance of a complete curveball in the shape of someone like Ryan Sessegnon or Ademola Lookman? Let's see what Southgate decides.
England World Cup 2018 squad revealed: Gareth Southgate names Trent Alexander-Arnold in 23 'to get excited about'
Gareth Southgate has claimed he has picked an England squad to excite the nation at this summer’s World Cup. Manager Southgate revealed his 23-man squad on Wednesday afternoon, with Adam Lallana, who is on the standby list, the big-name omission. But Southgate believes, with the likes of Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, Dele Alli and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, his young England squad offers plenty of encouragement. “I believe this is a squad which we can be excited about,” said Southgate. “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. “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.” Dreamt of going to a World Cup since I was a kid. Today that dream come true, an honour to represent the 3 Lions this summer! �� @Englandpic.twitter.com/e6c8agtVar— Trent Arnold (@trentaa98) May 16, 2018 As revealed by Telegraph Sport earlier today, Gary Cahill is part of the squad and Liverpool teenager Trent Alexander-Arnold has also been called up, despite being uncapped at senior level. “The selection process has been over months really, it’s not just been the last few weeks,” said Southgate. “We feel the team are improving and we want to continue that momentum. “The first call up for Trent Alexander-Arnold is well deserved. When we pick young players, it’s not just because they are young, it’s because their performances deserve it. “We’ve also had a couple of injuries with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Joe Gomez, which is a huge blow for them personally and disappointing for us.” Adam Lallana was omitted after missing most of the season through injury Credit: Getty images Goalkeeper Joe Hart, midfielder Jack Wilshere and left-back Ryan Bertrand have all been omitted and not placed on Southgate’s five-man standby list that includes Lallana, Tom Heaton, Jake Livermore James Tarkowski and Lewis Cook. “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,” said Southgate, whose goalkeepers are Jordan Pickford, Jack Butland and Nick Pope. “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. Southgate says the three goalkeepers he chose have had 'better seasons' than Hart Credit: Getty images “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.” Lallana has not started a Liverpool game since the beginning of March and Southgate has decided the 30-year-old cannot be risked. He is on Southgate’s list of standbys in case of injuries, but Lallana will be devastated not to be among the 23 players guaranteed a place on the plane. World Cup predictor Southgate tried to offer some consolation by saying: “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. “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.” The majority of the England squad meet up at St George’s Park on Monday, with those involved in the FA Cup and Champions League final given some extra time off. England play warm-up games against Nigeria on Saturday June 2 and Costa Rica on Thursday June 7 before flying out to Russia for the tournament. England squad | World Cup 2018 3:47PM Wonder what the voicemail said... The one call you don’t want to miss!!...���� #WC2018pic.twitter.com/thH8CvavWA— Kyle Walker (@kylewalker2) May 16, 2018 3:33PM You picked largely the same players as Southgate Telegraph readers agree with all but three of Southgate’s choices Using our unique squad selector tool over the last few months, our readers chose their preferred 23 England players to go to Russia. As it turns out, more than 50 per cent of you wanted 20 of Southgate's 23 on the plane. The majority of you, however, did not pick Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Danny Welbeck or Fabian Delph. 3:24PM An inexperienced squad The 23 players have just 449 caps between them - an average of 19.5, which isn't very many at all. They also have just three tournament goals between the lot of them: Danny Welbeck at Euro 2012, and Jamie Vardy and Eric Dier at Euro 2016. Maybe Southgate is taking Gary Linker's advice and building for future competitions. 3:11PM Dele's excited It's an honour to be named in the England squad for the World Cup. It's a dream come true! Get me to Russia!! ��⚽️ #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/D8EjN8z5EI— Dele (@dele_official) May 16, 2018 3:05PM Ashley Young achieves a dream Maybe this picture said I was gonna live my dream and go to a World Cup... dreams do come true ���������� pic.twitter.com/kSM8VORdp0— Ashley Young (@youngy18) May 16, 2018 2:58PM Nawwww Congratulations to @Popey1992 on his call up to the @England World Cup 2018 squad, from Ram Meadow to Russia. pic.twitter.com/mpGWMyXB2v— Bury Town F.C. (@BuryTownFC) May 16, 2018 2:52PM Lovely stuff, Marcus Rashford After years of you standing on the touch line in the cold and rain, Mum we're off to the World Cup! ������ pic.twitter.com/JOCj5oBCtN— Marcus Rashford (@MarcusRashford) May 16, 2018 2:18PM Sweeping changes Only five players in Southgate's 23-man squad from the 23 picked by Hodgson for 2014: Cahill, Jones, Henderson, Welbeck, Sterling. As comparison, 12 from 2006 WC squad were picked in 2010— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) May 16, 2018 2:16PM By the way This is how the England squad was announced before the list was published in full: For the nation, by the nation. The #ThreeLions’ official @FIFAWorldCup squad announcement. pic.twitter.com/YecUWPUZfJ— England (@England) May 16, 2018 2:10PM Back-up list These five players are on the reserve list: Tom Heaton, James Tarkowski, Lewis Cook, Jake Livermore and Adam Lallana 2:09PM The headlines No Adam Lallana in the squad Danny Welbeck and Ruben Loftus-Cheek make the cut Jake Livermore misses out Plenty of options at centre-back, with Cahill, Jones, Maguire, Stones, Dier and Walker selected. 2:06PM Squad in full Goalkeepers Jack Butland, Jordan Pickford, Nick Pope Defenders Trent Alexander-Arnold, Gary Cahill, Phil Jones, Harry Maguire, Danny Rose, John Stones, Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker, Ashley Young Midfielders Eric Dier, Dele Alli, Jordan Henderson, Fabian Delph, Jesse Lingard, Ruben Loftus-Cheek Forwards Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Raheem Sterling, Danny Welbeck, Jamie Vardy 2:04PM The England squad is here 1:59PM Not long now If that 2pm estimate was correct for the squad announcement, then we will know England's World Cup squad very, very soon indeed. 1:57PM Rumours galore There is a sudden surge of excitement on Twitter after Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey posted this picture. Take note of the 'Humble Lion' caption. ���� let me know the dates and I'm in https://t.co/6PgPvhg77X— Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere) May 16, 2018 Jamaica-born Bailey is one of the Bundesliga's most exciting players, and there had been rumours he may qualify through his grandparents, two of whom have British passports. Fifa rules state that a player can only qualify to play for a country if their grandparents were born in that country which, as far as my research tells me, is not the case for Bailey, meaning he would not qualify to play for England. NB: There is a chance I am wrong about this. 1:43PM Jack makes other plans ���� let me know the dates and I'm in https://t.co/6PgPvhg77X— Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere) May 16, 2018 1:33PM So, what's still up in the air? There is a core group of players who will definitely be in the squad, and after this morning's revelations, there are only a few spots still up for grabs. There is probably a centre-back spot that will be contested by Harry Maguire and Phil Jones. Cahill's inclusion could suggest Southgate will go with experience in defence (favouring Jones), but having already picked Cahill he may want a younger player (favouring Maguire). Adam Lallana will probably make the cut, but he has only played 235 minutes of Premier League football all season, so you could understand why Southgate might have reservations. His recent run of injuries will also mean that, if he is named, the back-up midfielders will be on high alert. Will Adam Lallana be given another chance to prove his fitness? Credit: Getty images Support for Ruben Loftus-Cheek's inclusion has gathered pace. Will he make the cut or will Southgate go left-field with his final midfielder? Danny Welbeck will likely be included, but that isn't certain by any stretch. 12:51PM Make football come home Why not have some fun mapping out England's path to glory with our predictor tool? World Cup predictor 12:37PM It's all go today While Premier League clubs are parting ways with managers all over the shop (well, here and here), buzz is building around the squad that England will take to Russia. There has been a fair bit of bemusement about Wilshere's omission (not least from this journalist), but the decisions to take Cahill and Alexander-Arnold will be widely supported, I reckon. Some experience and some youth: Southgate is pleasing everyone. Alexander-Arnold has been a roaring success at Liverpool Credit: Getty images 12:20PM Exclusive: Cahill and Alexander-Arnold are on the plane Matt Lawreports: Gary Cahill has been named in Gareth Southgate’s 23-man England World Cup squad that will be officially revealed later today. And Liverpool teenager Trent Alexander-Arnold has also been called up, despite being uncapped at senior level. You can read the full story here. 11:59AM Not long now Today is the day: England's squad for the 2018 World Cup will be announced this afternoon. Everyone has their own opinion over how the final 23 should look, but the only one that matters is that of Gareth Southgate. Here's me trying to second guess the England manager: England's World Cup 2018 squad - ranked We think the squad will be named around 2pm, so there's a little time to wait yet - and plenty of time to discuss Southgate's options. He has already let Wilshere, Hart and Bertrand know that they won't be going to Russia, which leaves two outfield spots free (presuming Nick Pope goes as third-choice goalkeeper). Will Ruben Loftus-Cheek sneak in? Will Danny Welbeck go to another major tournament? Is there any chance of a complete curveball in the shape of someone like Ryan Sessegnon or Ademola Lookman? Let's see what Southgate decides.
Adam Lallana misses out on the World Cup squad Gary Cahill and Trent Alexander-Arnold included Who'll be in your Telegraph Fantasy Football team for the World Cup? Gareth Southgate has claimed he has picked an England squad to excite the nation at this summer’s World Cup. Manager Southgate revealed his 23-man squad on Wednesday afternoon, with Adam Lallana, who is on the standby list, the big-name omission. But Southgate believes, with the likes of Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, Dele Alli and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, his young England squad offers plenty of encouragement. “I believe this is a squad which we can be excited about,” said Southgate. “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. “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.” Southgate is excited about his squad Credit: Getty images As revealed by Telegraph Sport earlier today, Gary Cahill is part of the squad and Liverpool teenager Trent Alexander-Arnold has also been called up, despite being uncapped at senior level. “The selection process has been over months really, it’s not just been the last few weeks,” said Southgate. “We feel the team are improving and we want to continue that momentum. “The first call up for Trent Alexander-Arnold is well deserved. When we pick young players, it’s not just because they are young, it’s because their performances deserve it. “We’ve also had a couple of injuries with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Joe Gomez, which is a huge blow for them personally and disappointing for us.” Goalkeeper Joe Hart, midfielder Jack Wilshere and left-back Ryan Bertrand have all been omitted and not placed on Southgate’s five-man standby list that includes Lallana, Tom Heaton, Jake Livermore James Tarkowski and Lewis Cook. Adam Lallana has missed most of the season through injury Credit: Getty images “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,” said Southgate, whose goalkeepers are Jordan Pickford, Jack Butland and Nick Pope. “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. Southgate says the three goalkeepers he chose have had 'better seasons' than Hart Credit: Getty images “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.” Lallana has not started a Liverpool game since the beginning of March and Southgate has decided the 30-year-old cannot be risked. He is on Southgate’s list of standbys in case of injuries, but Lallana will be devastated not to be among the 23 players guaranteed a place on the plane. World Cup predictor Southgate tried to offer some consolation by saying: “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. “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.” The majority of the England squad meet up at St George’s Park on Monday, with those involved in the FA Cup and Champions League final given some extra time off. England play warm-up games against Nigeria on Saturday June 2 and Costa Rica on Thursday June 7 before flying out to Russia for the tournament. England squad | World Cup 2018 3:47PM Wonder what the voicemail said... The one call you don’t want to miss!!...���� #WC2018pic.twitter.com/thH8CvavWA— Kyle Walker (@kylewalker2) May 16, 2018 3:43PM TAA joins in with a picture of himself Dreamt of going to a World Cup since I was a kid. Today that dream come true, an honour to represent the 3 Lions this summer! �� @Englandpic.twitter.com/e6c8agtVar— Trent Arnold (@trentaa98) May 16, 2018 3:33PM You picked largely the same players as Southgate Telegraph readers agree with all but three of Southgate’s choices Using our unique squad selector tool over the last few months, our readers chose their preferred 23 England players to go to Russia. As it turns out, more than 50 per cent of you wanted 20 of Southgate's 23 on the plane. The majority of you, however, did not pick Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Danny Welbeck or Fabian Delph. 3:24PM An inexperienced squad The 23 players have just 449 caps between them - an average of 19.5, which isn't very many at all. They also have just three tournament goals between the lot of them: Danny Welbeck at Euro 2012, and Jamie Vardy and Eric Dier at Euro 2016. Maybe Southgate is taking Gary Linker's advice and building for future competitions. 3:11PM Dele's excited It's an honour to be named in the England squad for the World Cup. It's a dream come true! Get me to Russia!! ��⚽️ #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/D8EjN8z5EI— Dele (@dele_official) May 16, 2018 3:05PM Ashley Young achieves a dream Maybe this picture said I was gonna live my dream and go to a World Cup... dreams do come true ���������� pic.twitter.com/kSM8VORdp0— Ashley Young (@youngy18) May 16, 2018 2:58PM Nawwww Congratulations to @Popey1992 on his call up to the @England World Cup 2018 squad, from Ram Meadow to Russia. pic.twitter.com/mpGWMyXB2v— Bury Town F.C. (@BuryTownFC) May 16, 2018 2:52PM Lovely stuff, Marcus Rashford After years of you standing on the touch line in the cold and rain, Mum we're off to the World Cup! ������ pic.twitter.com/JOCj5oBCtN— Marcus Rashford (@MarcusRashford) May 16, 2018 2:18PM Sweeping changes Only five players in Southgate's 23-man squad from the 23 picked by Hodgson for 2014: Cahill, Jones, Henderson, Welbeck, Sterling. As comparison, 12 from 2006 WC squad were picked in 2010— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) May 16, 2018 2:16PM By the way This is how the England squad was announced before the list was published in full: For the nation, by the nation. The #ThreeLions’ official @FIFAWorldCup squad announcement. pic.twitter.com/YecUWPUZfJ— England (@England) May 16, 2018 2:10PM Back-up list These five players are on the reserve list: Tom Heaton, James Tarkowski, Lewis Cook, Jake Livermore and Adam Lallana 2:09PM The headlines No Adam Lallana in the squad Danny Welbeck and Ruben Loftus-Cheek make the cut Jake Livermore misses out Plenty of options at centre-back, with Cahill, Jones, Maguire, Stones, Dier and Walker selected. 2:06PM Squad in full Goalkeepers Jack Butland, Jordan Pickford, Nick Pope Defenders Trent Alexander-Arnold, Gary Cahill, Phil Jones, Harry Maguire, Danny Rose, John Stones, Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker, Ashley Young Midfielders Eric Dier, Dele Alli, Jordan Henderson, Fabian Delph, Jesse Lingard, Ruben Loftus-Cheek Forwards Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Raheem Sterling, Danny Welbeck, Jamie Vardy 2:04PM The England squad is here 1:59PM Not long now If that 2pm estimate was correct for the squad announcement, then we will know England's World Cup squad very, very soon indeed. 1:57PM Rumours galore There is a sudden surge of excitement on Twitter after Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey posted this picture. Take note of the 'Humble Lion' caption. ���� let me know the dates and I'm in https://t.co/6PgPvhg77X— Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere) May 16, 2018 Jamaica-born Bailey is one of the Bundesliga's most exciting players, and there had been rumours he may qualify through his grandparents, two of whom have British passports. Fifa rules state that a player can only qualify to play for a country if their grandparents were born in that country which, as far as my research tells me, is not the case for Bailey, meaning he would not qualify to play for England. NB: There is a chance I am wrong about this. 1:43PM Jack makes other plans ���� let me know the dates and I'm in https://t.co/6PgPvhg77X— Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere) May 16, 2018 1:33PM So, what's still up in the air? There is a core group of players who will definitely be in the squad, and after this morning's revelations, there are only a few spots still up for grabs. There is probably a centre-back spot that will be contested by Harry Maguire and Phil Jones. Cahill's inclusion could suggest Southgate will go with experience in defence (favouring Jones), but having already picked Cahill he may want a younger player (favouring Maguire). Adam Lallana will probably make the cut, but he has only played 235 minutes of Premier League football all season, so you could understand why Southgate might have reservations. His recent run of injuries will also mean that, if he is named, the back-up midfielders will be on high alert. Will Adam Lallana be given another chance to prove his fitness? Credit: Getty images Support for Ruben Loftus-Cheek's inclusion has gathered pace. Will he make the cut or will Southgate go left-field with his final midfielder? Danny Welbeck will likely be included, but that isn't certain by any stretch. 12:51PM Make football come home Why not have some fun mapping out England's path to glory with our predictor tool? World Cup predictor 12:37PM It's all go today While Premier League clubs are parting ways with managers all over the shop (well, here and here), buzz is building around the squad that England will take to Russia. There has been a fair bit of bemusement about Wilshere's omission (not least from this journalist), but the decisions to take Cahill and Alexander-Arnold will be widely supported, I reckon. Some experience and some youth: Southgate is pleasing everyone. Alexander-Arnold has been a roaring success at Liverpool Credit: Getty images 12:20PM Exclusive: Cahill and Alexander-Arnold are on the plane Matt Lawreports: Gary Cahill has been named in Gareth Southgate’s 23-man England World Cup squad that will be officially revealed later today. And Liverpool teenager Trent Alexander-Arnold has also been called up, despite being uncapped at senior level. You can read the full story here. 11:59AM Not long now Today is the day: England's squad for the 2018 World Cup will be announced this afternoon. Everyone has their own opinion over how the final 23 should look, but the only one that matters is that of Gareth Southgate. Here's me trying to second guess the England manager: England's World Cup 2018 squad - ranked We think the squad will be named around 2pm, so there's a little time to wait yet - and plenty of time to discuss Southgate's options. He has already let Wilshere, Hart and Bertrand know that they won't be going to Russia, which leaves two outfield spots free (presuming Nick Pope goes as third-choice goalkeeper). Will Ruben Loftus-Cheek sneak in? Will Danny Welbeck go to another major tournament? Is there any chance of a complete curveball in the shape of someone like Ryan Sessegnon or Ademola Lookman? Let's see what Southgate decides.
England World Cup squad announcement live: Gareth Southgate leaves out Adam Lallana
Adam Lallana misses out on the World Cup squad Gary Cahill and Trent Alexander-Arnold included Who'll be in your Telegraph Fantasy Football team for the World Cup? Gareth Southgate has claimed he has picked an England squad to excite the nation at this summer’s World Cup. Manager Southgate revealed his 23-man squad on Wednesday afternoon, with Adam Lallana, who is on the standby list, the big-name omission. But Southgate believes, with the likes of Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, Dele Alli and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, his young England squad offers plenty of encouragement. “I believe this is a squad which we can be excited about,” said Southgate. “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. “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.” Southgate is excited about his squad Credit: Getty images As revealed by Telegraph Sport earlier today, Gary Cahill is part of the squad and Liverpool teenager Trent Alexander-Arnold has also been called up, despite being uncapped at senior level. “The selection process has been over months really, it’s not just been the last few weeks,” said Southgate. “We feel the team are improving and we want to continue that momentum. “The first call up for Trent Alexander-Arnold is well deserved. When we pick young players, it’s not just because they are young, it’s because their performances deserve it. “We’ve also had a couple of injuries with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Joe Gomez, which is a huge blow for them personally and disappointing for us.” Goalkeeper Joe Hart, midfielder Jack Wilshere and left-back Ryan Bertrand have all been omitted and not placed on Southgate’s five-man standby list that includes Lallana, Tom Heaton, Jake Livermore James Tarkowski and Lewis Cook. Adam Lallana has missed most of the season through injury Credit: Getty images “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,” said Southgate, whose goalkeepers are Jordan Pickford, Jack Butland and Nick Pope. “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. Southgate says the three goalkeepers he chose have had 'better seasons' than Hart Credit: Getty images “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.” Lallana has not started a Liverpool game since the beginning of March and Southgate has decided the 30-year-old cannot be risked. He is on Southgate’s list of standbys in case of injuries, but Lallana will be devastated not to be among the 23 players guaranteed a place on the plane. World Cup predictor Southgate tried to offer some consolation by saying: “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. “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.” The majority of the England squad meet up at St George’s Park on Monday, with those involved in the FA Cup and Champions League final given some extra time off. England play warm-up games against Nigeria on Saturday June 2 and Costa Rica on Thursday June 7 before flying out to Russia for the tournament. England squad | World Cup 2018 3:47PM Wonder what the voicemail said... The one call you don’t want to miss!!...���� #WC2018pic.twitter.com/thH8CvavWA— Kyle Walker (@kylewalker2) May 16, 2018 3:43PM TAA joins in with a picture of himself Dreamt of going to a World Cup since I was a kid. Today that dream come true, an honour to represent the 3 Lions this summer! �� @Englandpic.twitter.com/e6c8agtVar— Trent Arnold (@trentaa98) May 16, 2018 3:33PM You picked largely the same players as Southgate Telegraph readers agree with all but three of Southgate’s choices Using our unique squad selector tool over the last few months, our readers chose their preferred 23 England players to go to Russia. As it turns out, more than 50 per cent of you wanted 20 of Southgate's 23 on the plane. The majority of you, however, did not pick Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Danny Welbeck or Fabian Delph. 3:24PM An inexperienced squad The 23 players have just 449 caps between them - an average of 19.5, which isn't very many at all. They also have just three tournament goals between the lot of them: Danny Welbeck at Euro 2012, and Jamie Vardy and Eric Dier at Euro 2016. Maybe Southgate is taking Gary Linker's advice and building for future competitions. 3:11PM Dele's excited It's an honour to be named in the England squad for the World Cup. It's a dream come true! Get me to Russia!! ��⚽️ #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/D8EjN8z5EI— Dele (@dele_official) May 16, 2018 3:05PM Ashley Young achieves a dream Maybe this picture said I was gonna live my dream and go to a World Cup... dreams do come true ���������� pic.twitter.com/kSM8VORdp0— Ashley Young (@youngy18) May 16, 2018 2:58PM Nawwww Congratulations to @Popey1992 on his call up to the @England World Cup 2018 squad, from Ram Meadow to Russia. pic.twitter.com/mpGWMyXB2v— Bury Town F.C. (@BuryTownFC) May 16, 2018 2:52PM Lovely stuff, Marcus Rashford After years of you standing on the touch line in the cold and rain, Mum we're off to the World Cup! ������ pic.twitter.com/JOCj5oBCtN— Marcus Rashford (@MarcusRashford) May 16, 2018 2:18PM Sweeping changes Only five players in Southgate's 23-man squad from the 23 picked by Hodgson for 2014: Cahill, Jones, Henderson, Welbeck, Sterling. As comparison, 12 from 2006 WC squad were picked in 2010— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) May 16, 2018 2:16PM By the way This is how the England squad was announced before the list was published in full: For the nation, by the nation. The #ThreeLions’ official @FIFAWorldCup squad announcement. pic.twitter.com/YecUWPUZfJ— England (@England) May 16, 2018 2:10PM Back-up list These five players are on the reserve list: Tom Heaton, James Tarkowski, Lewis Cook, Jake Livermore and Adam Lallana 2:09PM The headlines No Adam Lallana in the squad Danny Welbeck and Ruben Loftus-Cheek make the cut Jake Livermore misses out Plenty of options at centre-back, with Cahill, Jones, Maguire, Stones, Dier and Walker selected. 2:06PM Squad in full Goalkeepers Jack Butland, Jordan Pickford, Nick Pope Defenders Trent Alexander-Arnold, Gary Cahill, Phil Jones, Harry Maguire, Danny Rose, John Stones, Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker, Ashley Young Midfielders Eric Dier, Dele Alli, Jordan Henderson, Fabian Delph, Jesse Lingard, Ruben Loftus-Cheek Forwards Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Raheem Sterling, Danny Welbeck, Jamie Vardy 2:04PM The England squad is here 1:59PM Not long now If that 2pm estimate was correct for the squad announcement, then we will know England's World Cup squad very, very soon indeed. 1:57PM Rumours galore There is a sudden surge of excitement on Twitter after Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey posted this picture. Take note of the 'Humble Lion' caption. ���� let me know the dates and I'm in https://t.co/6PgPvhg77X— Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere) May 16, 2018 Jamaica-born Bailey is one of the Bundesliga's most exciting players, and there had been rumours he may qualify through his grandparents, two of whom have British passports. Fifa rules state that a player can only qualify to play for a country if their grandparents were born in that country which, as far as my research tells me, is not the case for Bailey, meaning he would not qualify to play for England. NB: There is a chance I am wrong about this. 1:43PM Jack makes other plans ���� let me know the dates and I'm in https://t.co/6PgPvhg77X— Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere) May 16, 2018 1:33PM So, what's still up in the air? There is a core group of players who will definitely be in the squad, and after this morning's revelations, there are only a few spots still up for grabs. There is probably a centre-back spot that will be contested by Harry Maguire and Phil Jones. Cahill's inclusion could suggest Southgate will go with experience in defence (favouring Jones), but having already picked Cahill he may want a younger player (favouring Maguire). Adam Lallana will probably make the cut, but he has only played 235 minutes of Premier League football all season, so you could understand why Southgate might have reservations. His recent run of injuries will also mean that, if he is named, the back-up midfielders will be on high alert. Will Adam Lallana be given another chance to prove his fitness? Credit: Getty images Support for Ruben Loftus-Cheek's inclusion has gathered pace. Will he make the cut or will Southgate go left-field with his final midfielder? Danny Welbeck will likely be included, but that isn't certain by any stretch. 12:51PM Make football come home Why not have some fun mapping out England's path to glory with our predictor tool? World Cup predictor 12:37PM It's all go today While Premier League clubs are parting ways with managers all over the shop (well, here and here), buzz is building around the squad that England will take to Russia. There has been a fair bit of bemusement about Wilshere's omission (not least from this journalist), but the decisions to take Cahill and Alexander-Arnold will be widely supported, I reckon. Some experience and some youth: Southgate is pleasing everyone. Alexander-Arnold has been a roaring success at Liverpool Credit: Getty images 12:20PM Exclusive: Cahill and Alexander-Arnold are on the plane Matt Lawreports: Gary Cahill has been named in Gareth Southgate’s 23-man England World Cup squad that will be officially revealed later today. And Liverpool teenager Trent Alexander-Arnold has also been called up, despite being uncapped at senior level. You can read the full story here. 11:59AM Not long now Today is the day: England's squad for the 2018 World Cup will be announced this afternoon. Everyone has their own opinion over how the final 23 should look, but the only one that matters is that of Gareth Southgate. Here's me trying to second guess the England manager: England's World Cup 2018 squad - ranked We think the squad will be named around 2pm, so there's a little time to wait yet - and plenty of time to discuss Southgate's options. He has already let Wilshere, Hart and Bertrand know that they won't be going to Russia, which leaves two outfield spots free (presuming Nick Pope goes as third-choice goalkeeper). Will Ruben Loftus-Cheek sneak in? Will Danny Welbeck go to another major tournament? Is there any chance of a complete curveball in the shape of someone like Ryan Sessegnon or Ademola Lookman? Let's see what Southgate decides.
<p>Danny Welbeck<br>Age 27<br>Caps 37<br>Goals 15<br>Proud owner of a surprisingly impressive scoring record in the international arena but yet to nail down a role in the Southgate regime. Valued most for his tactical discipline and reliability but the Gunners forward may have to settle for a supporting slot.<br>Key stat: Has made six previous appearances at major international tournaments, scoring one goal against Sweden at Euro 2012. </p>
England’s 23-man World Cup squad

Danny Welbeck
Age 27
Caps 37
Goals 15
Proud owner of a surprisingly impressive scoring record in the international arena but yet to nail down a role in the Southgate regime. Valued most for his tactical discipline and reliability but the Gunners forward may have to settle for a supporting slot.
Key stat: Has made six previous appearances at major international tournaments, scoring one goal against Sweden at Euro 2012.

Aerial drone footage of the Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex in Kiev, Ukraine, where the UEFA Champions League Final is set to take place on May 26. Real Madrid will face off against Liverpool at 9:45pm local time (7:45pm BST). The footage of the stadium was captured on May 13 by local Aleksandr Goncharov. The Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex is located on the banks of the River Dnieper and has a capacity of just over 70,000. It also hosted the Euro 2012 final and has hosted performers such as Madonna, Depeche Mode, and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers.
Drone footage of Champions League final stadium in Kiev
Aerial drone footage of the Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex in Kiev, Ukraine, where the UEFA Champions League Final is set to take place on May 26. Real Madrid will face off against Liverpool at 9:45pm local time (7:45pm BST). The footage of the stadium was captured on May 13 by local Aleksandr Goncharov. The Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex is located on the banks of the River Dnieper and has a capacity of just over 70,000. It also hosted the Euro 2012 final and has hosted performers such as Madonna, Depeche Mode, and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers.
Aerial drone footage of the Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex in Kiev, Ukraine, where the UEFA Champions League Final is set to take place on May 26. Real Madrid will face off against Liverpool at 9:45pm local time (7:45pm BST). The footage of the stadium was captured on May 13 by local Aleksandr Goncharov. The Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex is located on the banks of the River Dnieper and has a capacity of just over 70,000. It also hosted the Euro 2012 final and has hosted performers such as Madonna, Depeche Mode, and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers.
Drone footage of Champions League final stadium in Kiev
Aerial drone footage of the Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex in Kiev, Ukraine, where the UEFA Champions League Final is set to take place on May 26. Real Madrid will face off against Liverpool at 9:45pm local time (7:45pm BST). The footage of the stadium was captured on May 13 by local Aleksandr Goncharov. The Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex is located on the banks of the River Dnieper and has a capacity of just over 70,000. It also hosted the Euro 2012 final and has hosted performers such as Madonna, Depeche Mode, and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers.
Aerial drone footage of the Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex in Kiev, Ukraine, where the UEFA Champions League Final is set to take place on May 26. Real Madrid will face off against Liverpool at 9:45pm local time (7:45pm BST). The footage of the stadium was captured on May 13 by local Aleksandr Goncharov. The Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex is located on the banks of the River Dnieper and has a capacity of just over 70,000. It also hosted the Euro 2012 final and has hosted performers such as Madonna, Depeche Mode, and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers.
Drone footage of Champions League final stadium in Kiev
Aerial drone footage of the Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex in Kiev, Ukraine, where the UEFA Champions League Final is set to take place on May 26. Real Madrid will face off against Liverpool at 9:45pm local time (7:45pm BST). The footage of the stadium was captured on May 13 by local Aleksandr Goncharov. The Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex is located on the banks of the River Dnieper and has a capacity of just over 70,000. It also hosted the Euro 2012 final and has hosted performers such as Madonna, Depeche Mode, and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers.
Aerial drone footage of the Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex in Kiev, Ukraine, where the UEFA Champions League Final is set to take place on May 26. Real Madrid will face off against Liverpool at 9:45pm local time (7:45pm BST). The footage of the stadium was captured on May 13 by local Aleksandr Goncharov. The Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex is located on the banks of the River Dnieper and has a capacity of just over 70,000. It also hosted the Euro 2012 final and has hosted performers such as Madonna, Depeche Mode, and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers.
Drone footage of Champions League final stadium in Kiev
Aerial drone footage of the Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex in Kiev, Ukraine, where the UEFA Champions League Final is set to take place on May 26. Real Madrid will face off against Liverpool at 9:45pm local time (7:45pm BST). The footage of the stadium was captured on May 13 by local Aleksandr Goncharov. The Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex is located on the banks of the River Dnieper and has a capacity of just over 70,000. It also hosted the Euro 2012 final and has hosted performers such as Madonna, Depeche Mode, and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers.
What is it? European club football&#39;s greatest prize. Two of history&#39;s most successful clubs will meet in the Champions League final when Real Madrid face Liverpool in Kiev. The defending champions and 12-time winners Real are bidding for their third successive title while Liverpool are seeking the sixth in their history. When is it? Saturday, May 26, 2018. Where is it? The 2018 Champions League final will be held at the NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine. It is the home of Dynamo Kiev. The stadium previously hosted the Euro 2012 final and holds a maximum capacity of 63,000 - the second largest in eastern Europe. What time is kick-off? 7.45pm BST. What TV channel is it on? BT Sport. Liverpool in Europe: Finals ranked and rated What happened in the semi-finals? In the first semi, Bayern Munich goalkeeper Sven Ulreich committed a huge blunder as holders Real edged into the final. Ulreich missed a backpass to gift a vital second goal to Karim Benzema at the Bernabeu Stadium, and the Frenchman&#39;s double in a pulsating 2-2 draw ensured Real progressed 4-3 on aggregate. Bayern had led early through Joshua Kimmich and a strike from James Rodriguez - who is on loan at the German club from Real - set up a tense finish. However, the hosts withstood considerable pressure to keep their bid for a third successive title on track. Just confirming this actually happened and is not a FIFA &#39;18 bugpic.twitter.com/nNsfSDZvm4— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) May 1, 2018 The following night, Liverpool set up a repeat of their 1981 meeting against Real despite a first Champions League defeat of the season at the Stadio Olimpico. A chaotic 4-2 semi-final second leg loss to Roma saw Liverpool progress 7-6 on aggregate, with victory secured thanks to Sadio Mane&#39;s 19th of the season and the rare sight of Georginio Wijnaldum&#39;s first away goal in almost three years. A fortuitous own goal by James Milner inbetween had put the hosts back in the game, while Edin Dzeko&#39;s strike shortly after half-time ensured the Reds endured a testing conclusion and two late goals for Radja Nainngolan - including a penalty with the last kick of the game - came too late for Roma. Roma v Liverpool Can I still get tickets? The window for buying standard tickets is now closed. It ran on Uefa&#39;s website from March 15-22. Hospitality tickets are still on sale on Uefa&#39;s website, with prices starting from €3,200 per person. How do I get to Kiev? The City has two airports, Zhulyany (8km south-west of the city centre) and Boryspil International (35km east). Public transport includes buses, trolleybuses, trams and an ever-expanding metro system. Blaggers guide to speaking Ukrainian (source Uefa.com) Hello: Привіт – pree-vee&#39;-t How are you?: Як справи? – yak spra&#39;-vee Please: Будь ласка – bood la&#39;-skah Thank you: Дякую – dja-ku&#39;-yu Goodbye: До побачення – doh po-bah&#39;-chen-ya Where is the stadium?: Де знаходиться стадіон? – de zna-kho&#39;-dee-tsja sta-dee-on&#39; Goal: Гол – Ghol Most European Cups What are they saying? Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has said his team will be &quot;on fire&quot; for the final: &quot;We were in a League Cup final and didn&#39;t win it. People don&#39;t tell me in the street since then: &#39;Thank you for bringing us to the final&#39;. We were in the Europa League final too. Nobody tells me thank you. &quot;I see no trophies after these games. They don&#39;t hang silver medals at Melwood. That&#39;s a pity, but that&#39;s the game. There&#39;s still a job to do. &quot;You cannot be more experienced in this competition than Real Madrid. &quot;I think 80 per cent of their team played all these finals. They are four times in the last five years and still together. They are experienced, we are not, but we will be really on fire.&quot; Liverpool vs Real Madrid: Head-to-head Road to the final Zinedine Zidane&#39;s side won their first two games but a home draw with Tottenham followed by a loss at Wembley meant they finished second in their group. Despite failing behind to Paris St Germain at the Bernabeu, they won 5-2 on aggregate in the last 16 then overcame an almighty scare against Juventus, advancing thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo&#39;s last-gasp penalty despite a 3-1 home loss. A semi-final first leg victory in Munich proved pivotal as a 2-2 draw with Bayern in Spain got them over the line. Liverpool had to come through a qualifying round against Hoffenheim and then drew the opening two games in their group. They also threw away a three-goal lead against Sevilla in a 3-3 draw but thumped both Maribor and Spartak Moscow to finish top of Group E. They beat Porto 5-0 in the first leg of their last-16 tie, won both legs in the all-English clash with Manchester City and then saw off Roma 7-6 on aggregate following a 5-2 first-leg win at Anfield. Who fizzed and who flopped in the Champions League semi-final decider? Star men Real have the current Ballon d&#39;or winner. Liverpool may have the next one. Cristiano Ronaldo is the Champions League&#39;s all-time leading scorer - with 120 goals, Real Madrid&#39;s all-time top scorer and a four-time winner of the competition. Ronaldo, who turned 33 this year, has scored 42 club goals this season. Yet Mohamed Salah has already exceeded that tally. The former Roma winger has enjoyed an incredible first season at Anfield, becoming just the third player in Liverpool history to score 40-plus goals in a single season and winning a slew of personal accolades. If he can outshine Ronaldo in Kiev, the ultimate individual prize may be next. Managers Zidane and Jurgen Klopp have experienced contrasting fortunes in finals. The former has won both of the Champions League finals he has been involved in as a boss. Meanwhile, Klopp has lost his previous five finals as a manage, including in the Europa League against Sevilla two seasons ago. Jurgen Klopp celebrates with his players Credit: GETTY IMAGES Tactics Real have not been as dominant as previous seasons, when their BBC (Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Ronaldo) strikeforce was in full flow and Luka Modric and Toni Kroos ran the midfield. This team is more pragmatic. Centre-backs Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane and defensive midfielder Casemiro form a strong spine and Zidane can usually rely on Ronaldo for a moment of magic. Klopp&#39;s gegenpressing style has been used to devastating effect this year thanks to the relentless front three of Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane. Liverpool will pin their hopes on that trio and their harassing style. History This is a meeting of the two of the most decorated clubs in the competition&#39;s history. No team has won more European Cups than Real Madrid&#39;s 12. Los Blancos won five in a row between 1956 and 1960 and last year they become the first club to retain the title in the Champions League era. Only Real and AC Milan have won more European Cups than Liverpool. The five-time winners&#39; most recent success came in an astonishing 2005 final against AC Milan, who exacted revenge in the 2007 final. The Reds also beat Real in the 1981 final when Alan Kennedy scored the winner. Goals aplenty made Roma vs Liverpool a semi-final to sing and dance about Salah vs Ronaldo: A comparison Liverpool and Real Madrid will be looking to Mohamed Salah and Cristiano Ronaldo to make the difference for their respective teams on May 26. Here, we look at the numbers behind the two players&#39; astonishing campaigns: Club appearances (all competitions): Salah (Liverpool) 49, Ronaldo (Real Madrid) 41 Club goals (all competitions): Salah 43, Ronaldo 42 Domestic league goals: Salah 31, Ronaldo 24 Domestic league assists: Salah 9, Ronaldo 5 Champions League goals (includes qualifiers): Salah 11, Ronaldo 15 Champions League assists (includes qualifiers): Salah 4, Ronaldo 2 Braces: Salah 7, Ronaldo 11 Hat-tricks: Salah 0, Ronaldo 1 Four goals in a game: Salah 1, Ronaldo 1 Longest scoring streak: Salah 7 games, Ronaldo 12 games Longest run without a goal: Salah 3 games, Ronaldo 3 games *Includes all competitive games except internationals. How Spanish sides have dominated past decade What are the odds? Real Madrid to win 6/5 Draw 5/2 Liverpool to win 2/1 What is our prediction? Real have not been as dominant as previous seasons, although they still managed to see off PSG, Juventus and Bayern Munich en route to the final. If Liverpool are to win, much will depend on their front three of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane and their harassing style. There will be goals aplenty, and this feels like Liverpool&#39;s time. Predicted score: Liverpool win 4-3 in extra time. Liverpool&#39;s Champions League campaign | In Numbers
Champions League final 2018: When is Liverpool vs Real Madrid, where is the venue and can I still get tickets?
What is it? European club football's greatest prize. Two of history's most successful clubs will meet in the Champions League final when Real Madrid face Liverpool in Kiev. The defending champions and 12-time winners Real are bidding for their third successive title while Liverpool are seeking the sixth in their history. When is it? Saturday, May 26, 2018. Where is it? The 2018 Champions League final will be held at the NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine. It is the home of Dynamo Kiev. The stadium previously hosted the Euro 2012 final and holds a maximum capacity of 63,000 - the second largest in eastern Europe. What time is kick-off? 7.45pm BST. What TV channel is it on? BT Sport. Liverpool in Europe: Finals ranked and rated What happened in the semi-finals? In the first semi, Bayern Munich goalkeeper Sven Ulreich committed a huge blunder as holders Real edged into the final. Ulreich missed a backpass to gift a vital second goal to Karim Benzema at the Bernabeu Stadium, and the Frenchman's double in a pulsating 2-2 draw ensured Real progressed 4-3 on aggregate. Bayern had led early through Joshua Kimmich and a strike from James Rodriguez - who is on loan at the German club from Real - set up a tense finish. However, the hosts withstood considerable pressure to keep their bid for a third successive title on track. Just confirming this actually happened and is not a FIFA '18 bugpic.twitter.com/nNsfSDZvm4— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) May 1, 2018 The following night, Liverpool set up a repeat of their 1981 meeting against Real despite a first Champions League defeat of the season at the Stadio Olimpico. A chaotic 4-2 semi-final second leg loss to Roma saw Liverpool progress 7-6 on aggregate, with victory secured thanks to Sadio Mane's 19th of the season and the rare sight of Georginio Wijnaldum's first away goal in almost three years. A fortuitous own goal by James Milner inbetween had put the hosts back in the game, while Edin Dzeko's strike shortly after half-time ensured the Reds endured a testing conclusion and two late goals for Radja Nainngolan - including a penalty with the last kick of the game - came too late for Roma. Roma v Liverpool Can I still get tickets? The window for buying standard tickets is now closed. It ran on Uefa's website from March 15-22. Hospitality tickets are still on sale on Uefa's website, with prices starting from €3,200 per person. How do I get to Kiev? The City has two airports, Zhulyany (8km south-west of the city centre) and Boryspil International (35km east). Public transport includes buses, trolleybuses, trams and an ever-expanding metro system. Blaggers guide to speaking Ukrainian (source Uefa.com) Hello: Привіт – pree-vee'-t How are you?: Як справи? – yak spra'-vee Please: Будь ласка – bood la'-skah Thank you: Дякую – dja-ku'-yu Goodbye: До побачення – doh po-bah'-chen-ya Where is the stadium?: Де знаходиться стадіон? – de zna-kho'-dee-tsja sta-dee-on' Goal: Гол – Ghol Most European Cups What are they saying? Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has said his team will be "on fire" for the final: "We were in a League Cup final and didn't win it. People don't tell me in the street since then: 'Thank you for bringing us to the final'. We were in the Europa League final too. Nobody tells me thank you. "I see no trophies after these games. They don't hang silver medals at Melwood. That's a pity, but that's the game. There's still a job to do. "You cannot be more experienced in this competition than Real Madrid. "I think 80 per cent of their team played all these finals. They are four times in the last five years and still together. They are experienced, we are not, but we will be really on fire." Liverpool vs Real Madrid: Head-to-head Road to the final Zinedine Zidane's side won their first two games but a home draw with Tottenham followed by a loss at Wembley meant they finished second in their group. Despite failing behind to Paris St Germain at the Bernabeu, they won 5-2 on aggregate in the last 16 then overcame an almighty scare against Juventus, advancing thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo's last-gasp penalty despite a 3-1 home loss. A semi-final first leg victory in Munich proved pivotal as a 2-2 draw with Bayern in Spain got them over the line. Liverpool had to come through a qualifying round against Hoffenheim and then drew the opening two games in their group. They also threw away a three-goal lead against Sevilla in a 3-3 draw but thumped both Maribor and Spartak Moscow to finish top of Group E. They beat Porto 5-0 in the first leg of their last-16 tie, won both legs in the all-English clash with Manchester City and then saw off Roma 7-6 on aggregate following a 5-2 first-leg win at Anfield. Who fizzed and who flopped in the Champions League semi-final decider? Star men Real have the current Ballon d'or winner. Liverpool may have the next one. Cristiano Ronaldo is the Champions League's all-time leading scorer - with 120 goals, Real Madrid's all-time top scorer and a four-time winner of the competition. Ronaldo, who turned 33 this year, has scored 42 club goals this season. Yet Mohamed Salah has already exceeded that tally. The former Roma winger has enjoyed an incredible first season at Anfield, becoming just the third player in Liverpool history to score 40-plus goals in a single season and winning a slew of personal accolades. If he can outshine Ronaldo in Kiev, the ultimate individual prize may be next. Managers Zidane and Jurgen Klopp have experienced contrasting fortunes in finals. The former has won both of the Champions League finals he has been involved in as a boss. Meanwhile, Klopp has lost his previous five finals as a manage, including in the Europa League against Sevilla two seasons ago. Jurgen Klopp celebrates with his players Credit: GETTY IMAGES Tactics Real have not been as dominant as previous seasons, when their BBC (Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Ronaldo) strikeforce was in full flow and Luka Modric and Toni Kroos ran the midfield. This team is more pragmatic. Centre-backs Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane and defensive midfielder Casemiro form a strong spine and Zidane can usually rely on Ronaldo for a moment of magic. Klopp's gegenpressing style has been used to devastating effect this year thanks to the relentless front three of Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane. Liverpool will pin their hopes on that trio and their harassing style. History This is a meeting of the two of the most decorated clubs in the competition's history. No team has won more European Cups than Real Madrid's 12. Los Blancos won five in a row between 1956 and 1960 and last year they become the first club to retain the title in the Champions League era. Only Real and AC Milan have won more European Cups than Liverpool. The five-time winners' most recent success came in an astonishing 2005 final against AC Milan, who exacted revenge in the 2007 final. The Reds also beat Real in the 1981 final when Alan Kennedy scored the winner. Goals aplenty made Roma vs Liverpool a semi-final to sing and dance about Salah vs Ronaldo: A comparison Liverpool and Real Madrid will be looking to Mohamed Salah and Cristiano Ronaldo to make the difference for their respective teams on May 26. Here, we look at the numbers behind the two players' astonishing campaigns: Club appearances (all competitions): Salah (Liverpool) 49, Ronaldo (Real Madrid) 41 Club goals (all competitions): Salah 43, Ronaldo 42 Domestic league goals: Salah 31, Ronaldo 24 Domestic league assists: Salah 9, Ronaldo 5 Champions League goals (includes qualifiers): Salah 11, Ronaldo 15 Champions League assists (includes qualifiers): Salah 4, Ronaldo 2 Braces: Salah 7, Ronaldo 11 Hat-tricks: Salah 0, Ronaldo 1 Four goals in a game: Salah 1, Ronaldo 1 Longest scoring streak: Salah 7 games, Ronaldo 12 games Longest run without a goal: Salah 3 games, Ronaldo 3 games *Includes all competitive games except internationals. How Spanish sides have dominated past decade What are the odds? Real Madrid to win 6/5 Draw 5/2 Liverpool to win 2/1 What is our prediction? Real have not been as dominant as previous seasons, although they still managed to see off PSG, Juventus and Bayern Munich en route to the final. If Liverpool are to win, much will depend on their front three of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane and their harassing style. There will be goals aplenty, and this feels like Liverpool's time. Predicted score: Liverpool win 4-3 in extra time. Liverpool's Champions League campaign | In Numbers
What is it? European club football&#39;s greatest prize. Real Madrid became the first team to qualify for the final after defeating Bayern Munich 4-3 on aggregate and were joined by Liverpool on Wednesday following their nail-biting tie with Roma. When is it? Saturday, May 26, 2018. Where is it? The 2018 Champions League final will be held at the NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine. It is the home of Dynamo Kiev. The stadium previously hosted the Euro 2012 final and holds a maximum capacity of 63,000 - the second largest in eastern Europe. What time is kick-off? 7.45pm BST. What TV channel is it on? BT Sport. What happened in the semi-finals? Bayern Munich goalkeeper Sven Ulreich committed a huge blunder as holders Real edged into the final. Ulreich missed a backpass to gift a vital second goal to Karim Benzema at the Bernabeu Stadium, and the Frenchman&#39;s double in a pulsating 2-2 draw ensured Real progressed 4-3 on aggregate. Bayern had led early through Joshua Kimmich and a strike from James Rodriguez - who is on loan at the German club from Real - set up a tense finish. However, the hosts withstood considerable pressure to keep their bid for a third successive title on track. The following night, Liverpool set up a repeat of their 1981 meeting against Real despite a first Champions League defeat of the season at the Stadio Olimpico. A chaotic 4-2 semi-final second leg loss to Roma saw Liverpool progress 7-6 on aggregate, with victory secured thanks to Sadio Mane&#39;s 19th of the season and the rare sight of Georginio Wijnaldum&#39;s first away goal in almost three years. A fortuitous own goal by James Milner inbetween had put the hosts back in the game, while Edin Dzeko&#39;s strike shortly after half-time ensured the Reds endured a testing conclusion and two late goals for Radja Nainngolan - including a penalty with the last kick of the game - came too late for Roma. Just confirming this actually happened and is not a FIFA &#39;18 bugpic.twitter.com/nNsfSDZvm4— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) May 1, 2018 Can I still get tickets? The window for buying standard tickets is now closed. It ran on Uefa&#39;s website from March 15-22. Hospitality tickets are still on sale on Uefa&#39;s website, with prices starting from €3,200 per person. How do I get to Kiev? The City has two airports, Zhulyany (8km south-west of the city centre) and Boryspil International (35km east). Public transport includes buses, trolleybuses, trams and an ever-expanding metro system. Blaggers guide to speaking Ukrainian (courtesy of Uefa.com) Hello: Привіт – pree-vee&#39;-t How are you?: Як справи? – yak spra&#39;-vee Please: Будь ласка – bood la&#39;-skah Thank you: Дякую – dja-ku&#39;-yu Goodbye: До побачення – doh po-bah&#39;-chen-ya Where is the stadium?: Де знаходиться стадіон? – de zna-kho&#39;-dee-tsja sta-dee-on&#39; Goal: Гол – Ghol
Champions League final 2018: What date and time is the match, where is the venue and can I still get tickets?
What is it? European club football's greatest prize. Real Madrid became the first team to qualify for the final after defeating Bayern Munich 4-3 on aggregate and were joined by Liverpool on Wednesday following their nail-biting tie with Roma. When is it? Saturday, May 26, 2018. Where is it? The 2018 Champions League final will be held at the NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine. It is the home of Dynamo Kiev. The stadium previously hosted the Euro 2012 final and holds a maximum capacity of 63,000 - the second largest in eastern Europe. What time is kick-off? 7.45pm BST. What TV channel is it on? BT Sport. What happened in the semi-finals? Bayern Munich goalkeeper Sven Ulreich committed a huge blunder as holders Real edged into the final. Ulreich missed a backpass to gift a vital second goal to Karim Benzema at the Bernabeu Stadium, and the Frenchman's double in a pulsating 2-2 draw ensured Real progressed 4-3 on aggregate. Bayern had led early through Joshua Kimmich and a strike from James Rodriguez - who is on loan at the German club from Real - set up a tense finish. However, the hosts withstood considerable pressure to keep their bid for a third successive title on track. The following night, Liverpool set up a repeat of their 1981 meeting against Real despite a first Champions League defeat of the season at the Stadio Olimpico. A chaotic 4-2 semi-final second leg loss to Roma saw Liverpool progress 7-6 on aggregate, with victory secured thanks to Sadio Mane's 19th of the season and the rare sight of Georginio Wijnaldum's first away goal in almost three years. A fortuitous own goal by James Milner inbetween had put the hosts back in the game, while Edin Dzeko's strike shortly after half-time ensured the Reds endured a testing conclusion and two late goals for Radja Nainngolan - including a penalty with the last kick of the game - came too late for Roma. Just confirming this actually happened and is not a FIFA '18 bugpic.twitter.com/nNsfSDZvm4— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) May 1, 2018 Can I still get tickets? The window for buying standard tickets is now closed. It ran on Uefa's website from March 15-22. Hospitality tickets are still on sale on Uefa's website, with prices starting from €3,200 per person. How do I get to Kiev? The City has two airports, Zhulyany (8km south-west of the city centre) and Boryspil International (35km east). Public transport includes buses, trolleybuses, trams and an ever-expanding metro system. Blaggers guide to speaking Ukrainian (courtesy of Uefa.com) Hello: Привіт – pree-vee'-t How are you?: Як справи? – yak spra'-vee Please: Будь ласка – bood la'-skah Thank you: Дякую – dja-ku'-yu Goodbye: До побачення – doh po-bah'-chen-ya Where is the stadium?: Де знаходиться стадіон? – de zna-kho'-dee-tsja sta-dee-on' Goal: Гол – Ghol
Germany coasted through World Cup qualifying with 10 wins out of 10 and a European record 43 goals. Then the problems began - and a reality check. The World Cup holders haven&#39;t won any matches since qualifying for Russia. After drawing friendlies against England, France and Spain, Joachim Low&#39;s team lost 1-0 to Brazil to end a 22-game unbeaten run. Becoming the first team since Brazil in 1962 to defend their World Cup title now looks even trickier for the Germans. &quot;We&#39;re not as good as we&#39;re made out to be, or as some think we are,&quot; midfielder Toni Kroos said. &quot;There&#39;s huge room for improvement.&quot; The recent slump in friendly matches could be a blessing in disguise if they eradicate any complacency going into the World Cup. World Cup 2018 | All you need to know &quot;I&#39;m not worried. In 2014 and 2010 we also lost in March,&quot; Low said. &quot;You can be sure that we&#39;ll improve.&quot; The first task for Low&#39;s side will be to top Group F to avoid a likely second-round clash against Brazil. Here&#39;s a closer look at the Germany team: Coach Low was assistant coach to Jurgen Klinsmann during Germany&#39;s &quot;summer fairytale&quot; hosting of the 2006 World Cup and was promoted to the top job after their third-place finish. Low favors a fast-paced, possession-based game, pressing opponents to recover the ball and switching quickly from defence to attack. He has overseen steady progress since taking over, reaching the final of the 2008 European Championship, claiming third place at the 2010 World Cup and reaching the semi-finals at Euro 2012 before finally winning a title in convincing fashion at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Germany manager Joachim Low Credit: PA A disappointing semi-final exit to France at Euro 2016 followed, but Low laid the groundwork for a successful World Cup title defence by winning the Confederations Cup with a young team of promising talent last year in Russia. Low hasn&#39;t been afraid to test young talent, and Germany&#39;s strength in depth means one of his hardest tasks is leaving players out of the 23-man squad. Low also has the unfortunate tendency to find himself in the headlines for other reasons. The 58 year-old has previously apologised after being caught on camera picking his nose or in other compromising positions during games. Goalkeepers The biggest concern is captain Manuel Neuer&#39;s fitness. The Bayern Munich goalkeeper sustained a repeat of the hairline metatarsal fracture in his left foot while training last September and hasn&#39;t played since. Marc-Andre ter Stegen could well establish himself as the No 1 with doubts over Neuer&#39;s fitness. The Barcelona goalkeeper has overcome a shaky start to his international career and helped Germany win the Confederations Cup. Bernd Leno of Bayer Leverkusen and Kevin Trapp of Paris Saint-Germain are also options, while Sven Ulreich has been filling in for Neuer at Bayern. World Cup 2018 venues Defenders Bayern defender Jerome Boateng faces a race to be fit with a thigh injury sustained in the Champions League semi-finals against Real Madrid in April. Bayern teammate Niklas Suele would be an able replacement to partner Mats Hummels in the centre. Another Bayern player, Joshua Kimmich, has emerged to soften the blow of Philipp Lahm&#39;s retirement at right-back. The modest Jonas Hector will likely keep his place on the left despite Cologne&#39;s relegation. Midfielders Toni Kroos will be among the first names on Low&#39;s team sheet. The Real Madrid midfielder is the driving force behind the side. He will likely be partnered by Juventus&#39; Sami Khedira, who provides more of a defensive presence, with Mesut Ozil in front, flanked on either side by Thomas Mueller and Marco Reus - if the latter proves his fitness. Reus has been unlucky with injuries and has only recently returned to shine again for Dortmund. But Germany have a wealth of options in midfield, with Ilkay Gundogan, Leon Goretzka, Leroy Sane, Julian Draxler, Julian Weigl and Julian Brandt all providing ample backup options. World Cup predictor Forwards Timo Werner seems sure of his place after another good season for Leipzig, albeit with most of his goals in the first half of the campaign. The 22-year-old Werner has seven goals in 12 international appearances, but it&#39;s his runs into space and the problems he causes defenders that benefit the team. Low will likely bring one of Mario Gomez or Sandro Wagner as a more experienced option for Werner, while Mario Gotze is another option to play up front if he gets recalled following a disappointing season for Dortmund. Gotze scored the winning goal for Germany to beat Argentina in the 2014 final. Group games Germany kick off their title defence near their tournament base in Moscow at the Luzhniki Stadium against Mexico on June 17. They then face a long trip south to Sochi for their second game against Sweden on June 23, before wrapping up Group F against South Korea in Kazan four days later.
Germany World Cup 2018 squad: Latest player news and injury information
Germany coasted through World Cup qualifying with 10 wins out of 10 and a European record 43 goals. Then the problems began - and a reality check. The World Cup holders haven't won any matches since qualifying for Russia. After drawing friendlies against England, France and Spain, Joachim Low's team lost 1-0 to Brazil to end a 22-game unbeaten run. Becoming the first team since Brazil in 1962 to defend their World Cup title now looks even trickier for the Germans. "We're not as good as we're made out to be, or as some think we are," midfielder Toni Kroos said. "There's huge room for improvement." The recent slump in friendly matches could be a blessing in disguise if they eradicate any complacency going into the World Cup. World Cup 2018 | All you need to know "I'm not worried. In 2014 and 2010 we also lost in March," Low said. "You can be sure that we'll improve." The first task for Low's side will be to top Group F to avoid a likely second-round clash against Brazil. Here's a closer look at the Germany team: Coach Low was assistant coach to Jurgen Klinsmann during Germany's "summer fairytale" hosting of the 2006 World Cup and was promoted to the top job after their third-place finish. Low favors a fast-paced, possession-based game, pressing opponents to recover the ball and switching quickly from defence to attack. He has overseen steady progress since taking over, reaching the final of the 2008 European Championship, claiming third place at the 2010 World Cup and reaching the semi-finals at Euro 2012 before finally winning a title in convincing fashion at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Germany manager Joachim Low Credit: PA A disappointing semi-final exit to France at Euro 2016 followed, but Low laid the groundwork for a successful World Cup title defence by winning the Confederations Cup with a young team of promising talent last year in Russia. Low hasn't been afraid to test young talent, and Germany's strength in depth means one of his hardest tasks is leaving players out of the 23-man squad. Low also has the unfortunate tendency to find himself in the headlines for other reasons. The 58 year-old has previously apologised after being caught on camera picking his nose or in other compromising positions during games. Goalkeepers The biggest concern is captain Manuel Neuer's fitness. The Bayern Munich goalkeeper sustained a repeat of the hairline metatarsal fracture in his left foot while training last September and hasn't played since. Marc-Andre ter Stegen could well establish himself as the No 1 with doubts over Neuer's fitness. The Barcelona goalkeeper has overcome a shaky start to his international career and helped Germany win the Confederations Cup. Bernd Leno of Bayer Leverkusen and Kevin Trapp of Paris Saint-Germain are also options, while Sven Ulreich has been filling in for Neuer at Bayern. World Cup 2018 venues Defenders Bayern defender Jerome Boateng faces a race to be fit with a thigh injury sustained in the Champions League semi-finals against Real Madrid in April. Bayern teammate Niklas Suele would be an able replacement to partner Mats Hummels in the centre. Another Bayern player, Joshua Kimmich, has emerged to soften the blow of Philipp Lahm's retirement at right-back. The modest Jonas Hector will likely keep his place on the left despite Cologne's relegation. Midfielders Toni Kroos will be among the first names on Low's team sheet. The Real Madrid midfielder is the driving force behind the side. He will likely be partnered by Juventus' Sami Khedira, who provides more of a defensive presence, with Mesut Ozil in front, flanked on either side by Thomas Mueller and Marco Reus - if the latter proves his fitness. Reus has been unlucky with injuries and has only recently returned to shine again for Dortmund. But Germany have a wealth of options in midfield, with Ilkay Gundogan, Leon Goretzka, Leroy Sane, Julian Draxler, Julian Weigl and Julian Brandt all providing ample backup options. World Cup predictor Forwards Timo Werner seems sure of his place after another good season for Leipzig, albeit with most of his goals in the first half of the campaign. The 22-year-old Werner has seven goals in 12 international appearances, but it's his runs into space and the problems he causes defenders that benefit the team. Low will likely bring one of Mario Gomez or Sandro Wagner as a more experienced option for Werner, while Mario Gotze is another option to play up front if he gets recalled following a disappointing season for Dortmund. Gotze scored the winning goal for Germany to beat Argentina in the 2014 final. Group games Germany kick off their title defence near their tournament base in Moscow at the Luzhniki Stadium against Mexico on June 17. They then face a long trip south to Sochi for their second game against Sweden on June 23, before wrapping up Group F against South Korea in Kazan four days later.
Germany coasted through World Cup qualifying with 10 wins out of 10 and a European record 43 goals. Then the problems began - and a reality check. The World Cup holders haven&#39;t won any matches since qualifying for Russia. After drawing friendlies against England, France and Spain, Joachim Low&#39;s team lost 1-0 to Brazil to end a 22-game unbeaten run. Becoming the first team since Brazil in 1962 to defend their World Cup title now looks even trickier for the Germans. &quot;We&#39;re not as good as we&#39;re made out to be, or as some think we are,&quot; midfielder Toni Kroos said. &quot;There&#39;s huge room for improvement.&quot; The recent slump in friendly matches could be a blessing in disguise if they eradicate any complacency going into the World Cup. World Cup 2018 | All you need to know &quot;I&#39;m not worried. In 2014 and 2010 we also lost in March,&quot; Low said. &quot;You can be sure that we&#39;ll improve.&quot; The first task for Low&#39;s side will be to top Group F to avoid a likely second-round clash against Brazil. Here&#39;s a closer look at the Germany team: Coach Low was assistant coach to Jurgen Klinsmann during Germany&#39;s &quot;summer fairytale&quot; hosting of the 2006 World Cup and was promoted to the top job after their third-place finish. Low favors a fast-paced, possession-based game, pressing opponents to recover the ball and switching quickly from defence to attack. He has overseen steady progress since taking over, reaching the final of the 2008 European Championship, claiming third place at the 2010 World Cup and reaching the semi-finals at Euro 2012 before finally winning a title in convincing fashion at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Germany manager Joachim Low Credit: PA A disappointing semi-final exit to France at Euro 2016 followed, but Low laid the groundwork for a successful World Cup title defence by winning the Confederations Cup with a young team of promising talent last year in Russia. Low hasn&#39;t been afraid to test young talent, and Germany&#39;s strength in depth means one of his hardest tasks is leaving players out of the 23-man squad. Low also has the unfortunate tendency to find himself in the headlines for other reasons. The 58 year-old has previously apologised after being caught on camera picking his nose or in other compromising positions during games. Goalkeepers The biggest concern is captain Manuel Neuer&#39;s fitness. The Bayern Munich goalkeeper sustained a repeat of the hairline metatarsal fracture in his left foot while training last September and hasn&#39;t played since. Marc-Andre ter Stegen could well establish himself as the No 1 with doubts over Neuer&#39;s fitness. The Barcelona goalkeeper has overcome a shaky start to his international career and helped Germany win the Confederations Cup. Bernd Leno of Bayer Leverkusen and Kevin Trapp of Paris Saint-Germain are also options, while Sven Ulreich has been filling in for Neuer at Bayern. World Cup 2018 venues Defenders Bayern defender Jerome Boateng faces a race to be fit with a thigh injury sustained in the Champions League semi-finals against Real Madrid in April. Bayern teammate Niklas Suele would be an able replacement to partner Mats Hummels in the centre. Another Bayern player, Joshua Kimmich, has emerged to soften the blow of Philipp Lahm&#39;s retirement at right-back. The modest Jonas Hector will likely keep his place on the left despite Cologne&#39;s relegation. Midfielders Toni Kroos will be among the first names on Low&#39;s team sheet. The Real Madrid midfielder is the driving force behind the side. He will likely be partnered by Juventus&#39; Sami Khedira, who provides more of a defensive presence, with Mesut Ozil in front, flanked on either side by Thomas Mueller and Marco Reus - if the latter proves his fitness. Reus has been unlucky with injuries and has only recently returned to shine again for Dortmund. But Germany have a wealth of options in midfield, with Ilkay Gundogan, Leon Goretzka, Leroy Sane, Julian Draxler, Julian Weigl and Julian Brandt all providing ample backup options. World Cup predictor Forwards Timo Werner seems sure of his place after another good season for Leipzig, albeit with most of his goals in the first half of the campaign. The 22-year-old Werner has seven goals in 12 international appearances, but it&#39;s his runs into space and the problems he causes defenders that benefit the team. Low will likely bring one of Mario Gomez or Sandro Wagner as a more experienced option for Werner, while Mario Gotze is another option to play up front if he gets recalled following a disappointing season for Dortmund. Gotze scored the winning goal for Germany to beat Argentina in the 2014 final. Group games Germany kick off their title defence near their tournament base in Moscow at the Luzhniki Stadium against Mexico on June 17. They then face a long trip south to Sochi for their second game against Sweden on June 23, before wrapping up Group F against South Korea in Kazan four days later.
Germany World Cup 2018 squad: Latest player news and injury information
Germany coasted through World Cup qualifying with 10 wins out of 10 and a European record 43 goals. Then the problems began - and a reality check. The World Cup holders haven't won any matches since qualifying for Russia. After drawing friendlies against England, France and Spain, Joachim Low's team lost 1-0 to Brazil to end a 22-game unbeaten run. Becoming the first team since Brazil in 1962 to defend their World Cup title now looks even trickier for the Germans. "We're not as good as we're made out to be, or as some think we are," midfielder Toni Kroos said. "There's huge room for improvement." The recent slump in friendly matches could be a blessing in disguise if they eradicate any complacency going into the World Cup. World Cup 2018 | All you need to know "I'm not worried. In 2014 and 2010 we also lost in March," Low said. "You can be sure that we'll improve." The first task for Low's side will be to top Group F to avoid a likely second-round clash against Brazil. Here's a closer look at the Germany team: Coach Low was assistant coach to Jurgen Klinsmann during Germany's "summer fairytale" hosting of the 2006 World Cup and was promoted to the top job after their third-place finish. Low favors a fast-paced, possession-based game, pressing opponents to recover the ball and switching quickly from defence to attack. He has overseen steady progress since taking over, reaching the final of the 2008 European Championship, claiming third place at the 2010 World Cup and reaching the semi-finals at Euro 2012 before finally winning a title in convincing fashion at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Germany manager Joachim Low Credit: PA A disappointing semi-final exit to France at Euro 2016 followed, but Low laid the groundwork for a successful World Cup title defence by winning the Confederations Cup with a young team of promising talent last year in Russia. Low hasn't been afraid to test young talent, and Germany's strength in depth means one of his hardest tasks is leaving players out of the 23-man squad. Low also has the unfortunate tendency to find himself in the headlines for other reasons. The 58 year-old has previously apologised after being caught on camera picking his nose or in other compromising positions during games. Goalkeepers The biggest concern is captain Manuel Neuer's fitness. The Bayern Munich goalkeeper sustained a repeat of the hairline metatarsal fracture in his left foot while training last September and hasn't played since. Marc-Andre ter Stegen could well establish himself as the No 1 with doubts over Neuer's fitness. The Barcelona goalkeeper has overcome a shaky start to his international career and helped Germany win the Confederations Cup. Bernd Leno of Bayer Leverkusen and Kevin Trapp of Paris Saint-Germain are also options, while Sven Ulreich has been filling in for Neuer at Bayern. World Cup 2018 venues Defenders Bayern defender Jerome Boateng faces a race to be fit with a thigh injury sustained in the Champions League semi-finals against Real Madrid in April. Bayern teammate Niklas Suele would be an able replacement to partner Mats Hummels in the centre. Another Bayern player, Joshua Kimmich, has emerged to soften the blow of Philipp Lahm's retirement at right-back. The modest Jonas Hector will likely keep his place on the left despite Cologne's relegation. Midfielders Toni Kroos will be among the first names on Low's team sheet. The Real Madrid midfielder is the driving force behind the side. He will likely be partnered by Juventus' Sami Khedira, who provides more of a defensive presence, with Mesut Ozil in front, flanked on either side by Thomas Mueller and Marco Reus - if the latter proves his fitness. Reus has been unlucky with injuries and has only recently returned to shine again for Dortmund. But Germany have a wealth of options in midfield, with Ilkay Gundogan, Leon Goretzka, Leroy Sane, Julian Draxler, Julian Weigl and Julian Brandt all providing ample backup options. World Cup predictor Forwards Timo Werner seems sure of his place after another good season for Leipzig, albeit with most of his goals in the first half of the campaign. The 22-year-old Werner has seven goals in 12 international appearances, but it's his runs into space and the problems he causes defenders that benefit the team. Low will likely bring one of Mario Gomez or Sandro Wagner as a more experienced option for Werner, while Mario Gotze is another option to play up front if he gets recalled following a disappointing season for Dortmund. Gotze scored the winning goal for Germany to beat Argentina in the 2014 final. Group games Germany kick off their title defence near their tournament base in Moscow at the Luzhniki Stadium against Mexico on June 17. They then face a long trip south to Sochi for their second game against Sweden on June 23, before wrapping up Group F against South Korea in Kazan four days later.
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Northern Ireland v Serbia UEFA Euro 2012 Qualifying Group C
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The Three Lions and the Azzurri played out a thrilling* 0-0 draw before England inevitably exited on penalties but can you name the players who graced the white and the blue shirts?
Quiz! Can you name the line-ups from England vs Italy in the Euro 2012 quarter-finals?
The Three Lions and the Azzurri played out a thrilling* 0-0 draw before England inevitably exited on penalties but can you name the players who graced the white and the blue shirts?
Jan Vertonghen has said this current crop of Belgian stars is reaching its peak as time begins to run out for the country’s ‘golden generation’ to convert its talent into international success. The Tottenham Hotspur defender, who last year became the most capped player in Belgium’s history, has said the country’s leading players must “reward” themselves at this year’s World Cup. Under former Everton and Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez, Belgium will take one of the most talented squads to Russia, where they will meet England in the third game of the group stage. Vertonghen believes many in the Belgium team, particularly in the defence, will be at the pinnacle of their careers this summer. “You speak about that peak here at Tottenham and it is even more so at Belgium, especially defensively,” said the 30-year-old. Belgium are currently ranked fifth in the world Credit: AP “I am one of the youngest! We have players like [Vincent] Kompany, [Thomas] Vermaelen, myself and Toby Alderweireld who are around our 30s, when you should be at your best. I think we are now. “This could be the year where we need to reward ourselves. We have had great compliments before and now everyone knows what we can do. With Kevin De Bruyne, Eden [Hazard] or all the other guys where we are at, we should reward ourselves.” Belgium’s ‘golden generation’ has largely been unable to live up to expectations, having failed to qualify for Euro 2012 before losing in the quarter-finals of both the 2014 World Cup, against Argentina, and Euro 2016, against Wales. Martinez’s side will, however, be expected to progress from the World Cup group with England, Panama and Tunisia, and Vertonghen is targeting a place in the semi-finals in Russia, at least. “You can ask 10 teams and they all want to win it,” he said. “Brazil, Argentina, Spain, Germany, France. England are up there for me. “To start, [the target is] the semi-finals, but you have to be lucky with the draw. The semi-finals are a realistic goal, and then hopefully more.” With so many of their players based in the Premier League, including Manchester United’s Romelu Lukaku and Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois, Belgium will be well prepared for the potential threat of England and, in particular, Vertonghen’s club team-mate Harry Kane. Both Vertonghen (L) and Harry Kane (R) are key men for club and country Credit: Getty Images Tottenham have eight league games remaining this season, as well as an FA Cup semi-final against Manchester United. As it stands, their final game of the campaign will be against Leicester City on May 13th, after which Vertonghen and Kane will go their separate ways until they meet again in Kaliningrad on June 28. “After the Leicester game on the final day of the season I won’t see Harry again,” Vertonghen said. “For me, Harry is one of the top two strikers in the world because he has all the ability. “You can have a plan against Harry and he will find something. He is a great player and hopefully England and us have already qualified and he gets a rest.” Belgium became the first European side to qualify for the World Cup following a impressive campaign in which they were unbeaten in 10 games, scored 43 goals and only conceded six. However, the fine run of form did not prevent De Bruyne from openly criticising Martinez’s tactical approach after a draw with Mexico in November. The Manchester City midfielder said it was a “pity” that the national side are yet to find a setup that gets the best out of its star players, saying that Belgium are “playing a system that is very defensive, but filled with many attacking players who want the ball”.
Jan Vertonghen tells Belgium squad to get Russian rewards their talent deserves
Jan Vertonghen has said this current crop of Belgian stars is reaching its peak as time begins to run out for the country’s ‘golden generation’ to convert its talent into international success. The Tottenham Hotspur defender, who last year became the most capped player in Belgium’s history, has said the country’s leading players must “reward” themselves at this year’s World Cup. Under former Everton and Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez, Belgium will take one of the most talented squads to Russia, where they will meet England in the third game of the group stage. Vertonghen believes many in the Belgium team, particularly in the defence, will be at the pinnacle of their careers this summer. “You speak about that peak here at Tottenham and it is even more so at Belgium, especially defensively,” said the 30-year-old. Belgium are currently ranked fifth in the world Credit: AP “I am one of the youngest! We have players like [Vincent] Kompany, [Thomas] Vermaelen, myself and Toby Alderweireld who are around our 30s, when you should be at your best. I think we are now. “This could be the year where we need to reward ourselves. We have had great compliments before and now everyone knows what we can do. With Kevin De Bruyne, Eden [Hazard] or all the other guys where we are at, we should reward ourselves.” Belgium’s ‘golden generation’ has largely been unable to live up to expectations, having failed to qualify for Euro 2012 before losing in the quarter-finals of both the 2014 World Cup, against Argentina, and Euro 2016, against Wales. Martinez’s side will, however, be expected to progress from the World Cup group with England, Panama and Tunisia, and Vertonghen is targeting a place in the semi-finals in Russia, at least. “You can ask 10 teams and they all want to win it,” he said. “Brazil, Argentina, Spain, Germany, France. England are up there for me. “To start, [the target is] the semi-finals, but you have to be lucky with the draw. The semi-finals are a realistic goal, and then hopefully more.” With so many of their players based in the Premier League, including Manchester United’s Romelu Lukaku and Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois, Belgium will be well prepared for the potential threat of England and, in particular, Vertonghen’s club team-mate Harry Kane. Both Vertonghen (L) and Harry Kane (R) are key men for club and country Credit: Getty Images Tottenham have eight league games remaining this season, as well as an FA Cup semi-final against Manchester United. As it stands, their final game of the campaign will be against Leicester City on May 13th, after which Vertonghen and Kane will go their separate ways until they meet again in Kaliningrad on June 28. “After the Leicester game on the final day of the season I won’t see Harry again,” Vertonghen said. “For me, Harry is one of the top two strikers in the world because he has all the ability. “You can have a plan against Harry and he will find something. He is a great player and hopefully England and us have already qualified and he gets a rest.” Belgium became the first European side to qualify for the World Cup following a impressive campaign in which they were unbeaten in 10 games, scored 43 goals and only conceded six. However, the fine run of form did not prevent De Bruyne from openly criticising Martinez’s tactical approach after a draw with Mexico in November. The Manchester City midfielder said it was a “pity” that the national side are yet to find a setup that gets the best out of its star players, saying that Belgium are “playing a system that is very defensive, but filled with many attacking players who want the ball”.
Jan Vertonghen has said this current crop of Belgian stars is reaching its peak as time begins to run out for the country’s ‘golden generation’ to convert its talent into international success. The Tottenham Hotspur defender, who last year became the most capped player in Belgium’s history, has said the country’s leading players must “reward” themselves at this year’s World Cup. Under former Everton and Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez, Belgium will take one of the most talented squads to Russia, where they will meet England in the third game of the group stage. Vertonghen believes many in the Belgium team, particularly in the defence, will be at the pinnacle of their careers this summer. “You speak about that peak here at Tottenham and it is even more so at Belgium, especially defensively,” said the 30-year-old. Belgium are currently ranked fifth in the world Credit: AP “I am one of the youngest! We have players like [Vincent] Kompany, [Thomas] Vermaelen, myself and Toby Alderweireld who are around our 30s, when you should be at your best. I think we are now. “This could be the year where we need to reward ourselves. We have had great compliments before and now everyone knows what we can do. With Kevin De Bruyne, Eden [Hazard] or all the other guys where we are at, we should reward ourselves.” Belgium’s ‘golden generation’ has largely been unable to live up to expectations, having failed to qualify for Euro 2012 before losing in the quarter-finals of both the 2014 World Cup, against Argentina, and Euro 2016, against Wales. Martinez’s side will, however, be expected to progress from the World Cup group with England, Panama and Tunisia, and Vertonghen is targeting a place in the semi-finals in Russia, at least. “You can ask 10 teams and they all want to win it,” he said. “Brazil, Argentina, Spain, Germany, France. England are up there for me. “To start, [the target is] the semi-finals, but you have to be lucky with the draw. The semi-finals are a realistic goal, and then hopefully more.” With so many of their players based in the Premier League, including Manchester United’s Romelu Lukaku and Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois, Belgium will be well prepared for the potential threat of England and, in particular, Vertonghen’s club team-mate Harry Kane. Both Vertonghen (L) and Harry Kane (R) are key men for club and country Credit: Getty Images Tottenham have eight league games remaining this season, as well as an FA Cup semi-final against Manchester United. As it stands, their final game of the campaign will be against Leicester City on May 13th, after which Vertonghen and Kane will go their separate ways until they meet again in Kaliningrad on June 28. “After the Leicester game on the final day of the season I won’t see Harry again,” Vertonghen said. “For me, Harry is one of the top two strikers in the world because he has all the ability. “You can have a plan against Harry and he will find something. He is a great player and hopefully England and us have already qualified and he gets a rest.” Belgium became the first European side to qualify for the World Cup following a impressive campaign in which they were unbeaten in 10 games, scored 43 goals and only conceded six. However, the fine run of form did not prevent De Bruyne from openly criticising Martinez’s tactical approach after a draw with Mexico in November. The Manchester City midfielder said it was a “pity” that the national side are yet to find a setup that gets the best out of its star players, saying that Belgium are “playing a system that is very defensive, but filled with many attacking players who want the ball”.
Jan Vertonghen tells Belgium squad to get Russian rewards their talent deserves
Jan Vertonghen has said this current crop of Belgian stars is reaching its peak as time begins to run out for the country’s ‘golden generation’ to convert its talent into international success. The Tottenham Hotspur defender, who last year became the most capped player in Belgium’s history, has said the country’s leading players must “reward” themselves at this year’s World Cup. Under former Everton and Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez, Belgium will take one of the most talented squads to Russia, where they will meet England in the third game of the group stage. Vertonghen believes many in the Belgium team, particularly in the defence, will be at the pinnacle of their careers this summer. “You speak about that peak here at Tottenham and it is even more so at Belgium, especially defensively,” said the 30-year-old. Belgium are currently ranked fifth in the world Credit: AP “I am one of the youngest! We have players like [Vincent] Kompany, [Thomas] Vermaelen, myself and Toby Alderweireld who are around our 30s, when you should be at your best. I think we are now. “This could be the year where we need to reward ourselves. We have had great compliments before and now everyone knows what we can do. With Kevin De Bruyne, Eden [Hazard] or all the other guys where we are at, we should reward ourselves.” Belgium’s ‘golden generation’ has largely been unable to live up to expectations, having failed to qualify for Euro 2012 before losing in the quarter-finals of both the 2014 World Cup, against Argentina, and Euro 2016, against Wales. Martinez’s side will, however, be expected to progress from the World Cup group with England, Panama and Tunisia, and Vertonghen is targeting a place in the semi-finals in Russia, at least. “You can ask 10 teams and they all want to win it,” he said. “Brazil, Argentina, Spain, Germany, France. England are up there for me. “To start, [the target is] the semi-finals, but you have to be lucky with the draw. The semi-finals are a realistic goal, and then hopefully more.” With so many of their players based in the Premier League, including Manchester United’s Romelu Lukaku and Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois, Belgium will be well prepared for the potential threat of England and, in particular, Vertonghen’s club team-mate Harry Kane. Both Vertonghen (L) and Harry Kane (R) are key men for club and country Credit: Getty Images Tottenham have eight league games remaining this season, as well as an FA Cup semi-final against Manchester United. As it stands, their final game of the campaign will be against Leicester City on May 13th, after which Vertonghen and Kane will go their separate ways until they meet again in Kaliningrad on June 28. “After the Leicester game on the final day of the season I won’t see Harry again,” Vertonghen said. “For me, Harry is one of the top two strikers in the world because he has all the ability. “You can have a plan against Harry and he will find something. He is a great player and hopefully England and us have already qualified and he gets a rest.” Belgium became the first European side to qualify for the World Cup following a impressive campaign in which they were unbeaten in 10 games, scored 43 goals and only conceded six. However, the fine run of form did not prevent De Bruyne from openly criticising Martinez’s tactical approach after a draw with Mexico in November. The Manchester City midfielder said it was a “pity” that the national side are yet to find a setup that gets the best out of its star players, saying that Belgium are “playing a system that is very defensive, but filled with many attacking players who want the ball”.
Jan Vertonghen has said this current crop of Belgian stars is reaching its peak as time begins to run out for the country’s ‘golden generation’ to convert its talent into international success. The Tottenham Hotspur defender, who last year became the most capped player in Belgium’s history, has said the country’s leading players must “reward” themselves at this year’s World Cup. Under former Everton and Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez, Belgium will take one of the most talented squads to Russia, where they will meet England in the third game of the group stage. Vertonghen believes many in the Belgium team, particularly in the defence, will be at the pinnacle of their careers this summer. “You speak about that peak here at Tottenham and it is even more so at Belgium, especially defensively,” said the 30-year-old. Belgium are currently ranked fifth in the world Credit: AP “I am one of the youngest! We have players like [Vincent] Kompany, [Thomas] Vermaelen, myself and Toby Alderweireld who are around our 30s, when you should be at your best. I think we are now. “This could be the year where we need to reward ourselves. We have had great compliments before and now everyone knows what we can do. With Kevin De Bruyne, Eden [Hazard] or all the other guys where we are at, we should reward ourselves.” Belgium’s ‘golden generation’ has largely been unable to live up to expectations, having failed to qualify for Euro 2012 before losing in the quarter-finals of both the 2014 World Cup, against Argentina, and Euro 2016, against Wales. Martinez’s side will, however, be expected to progress from the World Cup group with England, Panama and Tunisia, and Vertonghen is targeting a place in the semi-finals in Russia, at least. “You can ask 10 teams and they all want to win it,” he said. “Brazil, Argentina, Spain, Germany, France. England are up there for me. “To start, [the target is] the semi-finals, but you have to be lucky with the draw. The semi-finals are a realistic goal, and then hopefully more.” With so many of their players based in the Premier League, including Manchester United’s Romelu Lukaku and Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois, Belgium will be well prepared for the potential threat of England and, in particular, Vertonghen’s club team-mate Harry Kane. Both Vertonghen (L) and Harry Kane (R) are key men for club and country Credit: Getty Images Tottenham have eight league games remaining this season, as well as an FA Cup semi-final against Manchester United. As it stands, their final game of the campaign will be against Leicester City on May 13th, after which Vertonghen and Kane will go their separate ways until they meet again in Kaliningrad on June 28. “After the Leicester game on the final day of the season I won’t see Harry again,” Vertonghen said. “For me, Harry is one of the top two strikers in the world because he has all the ability. “You can have a plan against Harry and he will find something. He is a great player and hopefully England and us have already qualified and he gets a rest.” Belgium became the first European side to qualify for the World Cup following a impressive campaign in which they were unbeaten in 10 games, scored 43 goals and only conceded six. However, the fine run of form did not prevent De Bruyne from openly criticising Martinez’s tactical approach after a draw with Mexico in November. The Manchester City midfielder said it was a “pity” that the national side are yet to find a setup that gets the best out of its star players, saying that Belgium are “playing a system that is very defensive, but filled with many attacking players who want the ball”.
Jan Vertonghen tells Belgium squad to get Russian rewards their talent deserves
Jan Vertonghen has said this current crop of Belgian stars is reaching its peak as time begins to run out for the country’s ‘golden generation’ to convert its talent into international success. The Tottenham Hotspur defender, who last year became the most capped player in Belgium’s history, has said the country’s leading players must “reward” themselves at this year’s World Cup. Under former Everton and Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez, Belgium will take one of the most talented squads to Russia, where they will meet England in the third game of the group stage. Vertonghen believes many in the Belgium team, particularly in the defence, will be at the pinnacle of their careers this summer. “You speak about that peak here at Tottenham and it is even more so at Belgium, especially defensively,” said the 30-year-old. Belgium are currently ranked fifth in the world Credit: AP “I am one of the youngest! We have players like [Vincent] Kompany, [Thomas] Vermaelen, myself and Toby Alderweireld who are around our 30s, when you should be at your best. I think we are now. “This could be the year where we need to reward ourselves. We have had great compliments before and now everyone knows what we can do. With Kevin De Bruyne, Eden [Hazard] or all the other guys where we are at, we should reward ourselves.” Belgium’s ‘golden generation’ has largely been unable to live up to expectations, having failed to qualify for Euro 2012 before losing in the quarter-finals of both the 2014 World Cup, against Argentina, and Euro 2016, against Wales. Martinez’s side will, however, be expected to progress from the World Cup group with England, Panama and Tunisia, and Vertonghen is targeting a place in the semi-finals in Russia, at least. “You can ask 10 teams and they all want to win it,” he said. “Brazil, Argentina, Spain, Germany, France. England are up there for me. “To start, [the target is] the semi-finals, but you have to be lucky with the draw. The semi-finals are a realistic goal, and then hopefully more.” With so many of their players based in the Premier League, including Manchester United’s Romelu Lukaku and Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois, Belgium will be well prepared for the potential threat of England and, in particular, Vertonghen’s club team-mate Harry Kane. Both Vertonghen (L) and Harry Kane (R) are key men for club and country Credit: Getty Images Tottenham have eight league games remaining this season, as well as an FA Cup semi-final against Manchester United. As it stands, their final game of the campaign will be against Leicester City on May 13th, after which Vertonghen and Kane will go their separate ways until they meet again in Kaliningrad on June 28. “After the Leicester game on the final day of the season I won’t see Harry again,” Vertonghen said. “For me, Harry is one of the top two strikers in the world because he has all the ability. “You can have a plan against Harry and he will find something. He is a great player and hopefully England and us have already qualified and he gets a rest.” Belgium became the first European side to qualify for the World Cup following a impressive campaign in which they were unbeaten in 10 games, scored 43 goals and only conceded six. However, the fine run of form did not prevent De Bruyne from openly criticising Martinez’s tactical approach after a draw with Mexico in November. The Manchester City midfielder said it was a “pity” that the national side are yet to find a setup that gets the best out of its star players, saying that Belgium are “playing a system that is very defensive, but filled with many attacking players who want the ball”.
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 09: A German soccer fan cheers with German flags at the end of their team's first game of the Euro 2012 at a public viewing zone called 'fan mile' on June 9, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. Germany won 1:0 versus Portugal. (Photo by Carsten Koall/Getty Images)
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BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 09: A German soccer fan cheers with German flags at the end of their team's first game of the Euro 2012 at a public viewing zone called 'fan mile' on June 9, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. Germany won 1:0 versus Portugal. (Photo by Carsten Koall/Getty Images)
England’s players will be allowed to go on holiday before the World Cup, Gareth Southgate has revealed. Southgate has decided against emulating Roy Hodgson by asking clubs to release members of his squad for a pre-tournament training camp straight after the end of the Premier League season. England made a big deal ahead of the last European Championship of Hodgson securing early access to his players, who even agreed to surrender their passports to demonstrate their commitment to the cause. That was after his decision to allow Wayne Rooney an extended holiday in Las Vegas before Euro 2012 backfired when the striker lost fitness. But the gesture made no difference, with Hodgson losing his job after England’s humiliating defeat to Iceland. Southgate need not worry about Rooney as the striker has called time on his England career Credit: Getty Images Southgate has decided to trust his squad not to go off the rails before football’s biggest event. He will not need to worry about Rooney, who had already announced his international retirement when he was banned from driving for two years in September after being caught three times over the alcohol limit. But Southgate will not want a repeat of Adam Lallana and Jordan Henderson’s trip to a Bournemouth strip club the evening after England’s November 2016 qualifying win over Scotland, the same night Rooney went out on another drinking session. Players not involved in the FA Cup, Champions League or Europa League finals will be allowed around a week’s holiday straight after the end of the Premier League season on May 13 before the squad meets up at St George’s Park. England have not organised any friendlies before the Champions League on May 26 Credit: Reuters Southgate will have to decide how much, if any, time off to give to those who do feature in the last three matches of the campaign. Unlike two years ago, England have not organised any friendlies before the May 26 Champions League final, while players do not need to be released for World Cup duty under Fifa rules until five days later, two days before Southgate’s side play Nigeria at Wembley. Their opening match of the tournament against Tunisia is also not until June 18, more than five weeks after the Premier League season ends, and more than three after the Champions League final. World Cup 2018 stadiums Two years ago, those gaps were less than four weeks, and only two weeks, respectively. Southgate presented his pre-tournament plans to Premier League clubs at their quarterly shareholders meeting on Thursday.
England players allowed to go on holiday before World Cup
England’s players will be allowed to go on holiday before the World Cup, Gareth Southgate has revealed. Southgate has decided against emulating Roy Hodgson by asking clubs to release members of his squad for a pre-tournament training camp straight after the end of the Premier League season. England made a big deal ahead of the last European Championship of Hodgson securing early access to his players, who even agreed to surrender their passports to demonstrate their commitment to the cause. That was after his decision to allow Wayne Rooney an extended holiday in Las Vegas before Euro 2012 backfired when the striker lost fitness. But the gesture made no difference, with Hodgson losing his job after England’s humiliating defeat to Iceland. Southgate need not worry about Rooney as the striker has called time on his England career Credit: Getty Images Southgate has decided to trust his squad not to go off the rails before football’s biggest event. He will not need to worry about Rooney, who had already announced his international retirement when he was banned from driving for two years in September after being caught three times over the alcohol limit. But Southgate will not want a repeat of Adam Lallana and Jordan Henderson’s trip to a Bournemouth strip club the evening after England’s November 2016 qualifying win over Scotland, the same night Rooney went out on another drinking session. Players not involved in the FA Cup, Champions League or Europa League finals will be allowed around a week’s holiday straight after the end of the Premier League season on May 13 before the squad meets up at St George’s Park. England have not organised any friendlies before the Champions League on May 26 Credit: Reuters Southgate will have to decide how much, if any, time off to give to those who do feature in the last three matches of the campaign. Unlike two years ago, England have not organised any friendlies before the May 26 Champions League final, while players do not need to be released for World Cup duty under Fifa rules until five days later, two days before Southgate’s side play Nigeria at Wembley. Their opening match of the tournament against Tunisia is also not until June 18, more than five weeks after the Premier League season ends, and more than three after the Champions League final. World Cup 2018 stadiums Two years ago, those gaps were less than four weeks, and only two weeks, respectively. Southgate presented his pre-tournament plans to Premier League clubs at their quarterly shareholders meeting on Thursday.
England’s players will be allowed to go on holiday before the World Cup, Gareth Southgate has revealed. Southgate has decided against emulating Roy Hodgson by asking clubs to release members of his squad for a pre-tournament training camp straight after the end of the Premier League season. England made a big deal ahead of the last European Championship of Hodgson securing early access to his players, who even agreed to surrender their passports to demonstrate their commitment to the cause. That was after his decision to allow Wayne Rooney an extended holiday in Las Vegas before Euro 2012 backfired when the striker lost fitness. But the gesture made no difference, with Hodgson losing his job after England’s humiliating defeat to Iceland. Southgate need not worry about Rooney as the striker has called time on his England career Credit: Getty Images Southgate has decided to trust his squad not to go off the rails before football’s biggest event. He will not need to worry about Rooney, who had already announced his international retirement when he was banned from driving for two years in September after being caught three times over the alcohol limit. But Southgate will not want a repeat of Adam Lallana and Jordan Henderson’s trip to a Bournemouth strip club the evening after England’s November 2016 qualifying win over Scotland, the same night Rooney went out on another drinking session. Players not involved in the FA Cup, Champions League or Europa League finals will be allowed around a week’s holiday straight after the end of the Premier League season on May 13 before the squad meets up at St George’s Park. England have not organised any friendlies before the Champions League on May 26 Credit: Reuters Southgate will have to decide how much, if any, time off to give to those who do feature in the last three matches of the campaign. Unlike two years ago, England have not organised any friendlies before the May 26 Champions League final, while players do not need to be released for World Cup duty under Fifa rules until five days later, two days before Southgate’s side play Nigeria at Wembley. Their opening match of the tournament against Tunisia is also not until June 18, more than five weeks after the Premier League season ends, and more than three after the Champions League final. World Cup 2018 stadiums Two years ago, those gaps were less than four weeks, and only two weeks, respectively. Southgate presented his pre-tournament plans to Premier League clubs at their quarterly shareholders meeting on Thursday.
England players allowed to go on holiday before World Cup
England’s players will be allowed to go on holiday before the World Cup, Gareth Southgate has revealed. Southgate has decided against emulating Roy Hodgson by asking clubs to release members of his squad for a pre-tournament training camp straight after the end of the Premier League season. England made a big deal ahead of the last European Championship of Hodgson securing early access to his players, who even agreed to surrender their passports to demonstrate their commitment to the cause. That was after his decision to allow Wayne Rooney an extended holiday in Las Vegas before Euro 2012 backfired when the striker lost fitness. But the gesture made no difference, with Hodgson losing his job after England’s humiliating defeat to Iceland. Southgate need not worry about Rooney as the striker has called time on his England career Credit: Getty Images Southgate has decided to trust his squad not to go off the rails before football’s biggest event. He will not need to worry about Rooney, who had already announced his international retirement when he was banned from driving for two years in September after being caught three times over the alcohol limit. But Southgate will not want a repeat of Adam Lallana and Jordan Henderson’s trip to a Bournemouth strip club the evening after England’s November 2016 qualifying win over Scotland, the same night Rooney went out on another drinking session. Players not involved in the FA Cup, Champions League or Europa League finals will be allowed around a week’s holiday straight after the end of the Premier League season on May 13 before the squad meets up at St George’s Park. England have not organised any friendlies before the Champions League on May 26 Credit: Reuters Southgate will have to decide how much, if any, time off to give to those who do feature in the last three matches of the campaign. Unlike two years ago, England have not organised any friendlies before the May 26 Champions League final, while players do not need to be released for World Cup duty under Fifa rules until five days later, two days before Southgate’s side play Nigeria at Wembley. Their opening match of the tournament against Tunisia is also not until June 18, more than five weeks after the Premier League season ends, and more than three after the Champions League final. World Cup 2018 stadiums Two years ago, those gaps were less than four weeks, and only two weeks, respectively. Southgate presented his pre-tournament plans to Premier League clubs at their quarterly shareholders meeting on Thursday.
England’s players will be allowed to go on holiday before the World Cup, Gareth Southgate has revealed. Southgate has decided against emulating Roy Hodgson by asking clubs to release members of his squad for a pre-tournament training camp straight after the end of the Premier League season. England made a big deal ahead of the last European Championship of Hodgson securing early access to his players, who even agreed to surrender their passports to demonstrate their commitment to the cause. That was after his decision to allow Wayne Rooney an extended holiday in Las Vegas before Euro 2012 backfired when the striker lost fitness. But the gesture made no difference, with Hodgson losing his job after England’s humiliating defeat to Iceland. Southgate need not worry about Rooney as the striker has called time on his England career Credit: Getty Images Southgate has decided to trust his squad not to go off the rails before football’s biggest event. He will not need to worry about Rooney, who had already announced his international retirement when he was banned from driving for two years in September after being caught three times over the alcohol limit. But Southgate will not want a repeat of Adam Lallana and Jordan Henderson’s trip to a Bournemouth strip club the evening after England’s November 2016 qualifying win over Scotland, the same night Rooney went out on another drinking session. Players not involved in the FA Cup, Champions League or Europa League finals will be allowed around a week’s holiday straight after the end of the Premier League season on May 13 before the squad meets up at St George’s Park. England have not organised any friendlies before the Champions League on May 26 Credit: Reuters Southgate will have to decide how much, if any, time off to give to those who do feature in the last three matches of the campaign. Unlike two years ago, England have not organised any friendlies before the May 26 Champions League final, while players do not need to be released for World Cup duty under Fifa rules until five days later, two days before Southgate’s side play Nigeria at Wembley. Their opening match of the tournament against Tunisia is also not until June 18, more than five weeks after the Premier League season ends, and more than three after the Champions League final. World Cup 2018 stadiums Two years ago, those gaps were less than four weeks, and only two weeks, respectively. Southgate presented his pre-tournament plans to Premier League clubs at their quarterly shareholders meeting on Thursday.
England players allowed to go on holiday before World Cup
England’s players will be allowed to go on holiday before the World Cup, Gareth Southgate has revealed. Southgate has decided against emulating Roy Hodgson by asking clubs to release members of his squad for a pre-tournament training camp straight after the end of the Premier League season. England made a big deal ahead of the last European Championship of Hodgson securing early access to his players, who even agreed to surrender their passports to demonstrate their commitment to the cause. That was after his decision to allow Wayne Rooney an extended holiday in Las Vegas before Euro 2012 backfired when the striker lost fitness. But the gesture made no difference, with Hodgson losing his job after England’s humiliating defeat to Iceland. Southgate need not worry about Rooney as the striker has called time on his England career Credit: Getty Images Southgate has decided to trust his squad not to go off the rails before football’s biggest event. He will not need to worry about Rooney, who had already announced his international retirement when he was banned from driving for two years in September after being caught three times over the alcohol limit. But Southgate will not want a repeat of Adam Lallana and Jordan Henderson’s trip to a Bournemouth strip club the evening after England’s November 2016 qualifying win over Scotland, the same night Rooney went out on another drinking session. Players not involved in the FA Cup, Champions League or Europa League finals will be allowed around a week’s holiday straight after the end of the Premier League season on May 13 before the squad meets up at St George’s Park. England have not organised any friendlies before the Champions League on May 26 Credit: Reuters Southgate will have to decide how much, if any, time off to give to those who do feature in the last three matches of the campaign. Unlike two years ago, England have not organised any friendlies before the May 26 Champions League final, while players do not need to be released for World Cup duty under Fifa rules until five days later, two days before Southgate’s side play Nigeria at Wembley. Their opening match of the tournament against Tunisia is also not until June 18, more than five weeks after the Premier League season ends, and more than three after the Champions League final. World Cup 2018 stadiums Two years ago, those gaps were less than four weeks, and only two weeks, respectively. Southgate presented his pre-tournament plans to Premier League clubs at their quarterly shareholders meeting on Thursday.
<p>Umbro went out with a bang in Ukraine. England went out on penalties. </p>
Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

Umbro went out with a bang in Ukraine. England went out on penalties.

FILE PHOTO: A passenger looks through the window at Borispol airport near Kiev, March 21, 2012. Borispol will be Ukraine&#39;s main air hub during the Euro 2012 football championship. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich/File Photo
FILE PHOTO: A passenger looks through the window in Borispol airport near Kiev
FILE PHOTO: A passenger looks through the window at Borispol airport near Kiev, March 21, 2012. Borispol will be Ukraine's main air hub during the Euro 2012 football championship. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich/File Photo
FILE PHOTO: Bert van Marwijk at Metalist stadium in Kharkiv, June 17, 2012. REUTERS/Yves Herman
Netherlands' coach van Marwijk gestures during his team's Group B Euro 2012 soccer match against Portugal at Metalist stadium in Kharkiv
FILE PHOTO: Bert van Marwijk at Metalist stadium in Kharkiv, June 17, 2012. REUTERS/Yves Herman
Ruined houses, shell craters and deserted streets - this is a typical scene in the Oktyabrsky district of Donetsk, the largest city of Ukraine&#39;s pro-Russian rebel region that bears the same name. The self-styled Donetsk and next-door Luhansk &quot;people&#39;s republics&quot; broke away from central rule in 2014 after months of violent street protests in Kiev toppled Ukraine&#39;s Moscow-leaning president and propelled pro-Western nationalists to power. In this calm suburb of Donetsk, many people stood aloof of politics. But then fierce clashes broke out between Ukrainian government troops and pro-Russian separatists for control over the nearby Donetsk Airport. A glistening air hub of steel and glass, specially built for the UEFA Euro 2012 of which Donetsk was a venue, the local airport was levelled to the ground, and many of the buildings in Oktyabrsky shared its fate. REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko SEARCH &quot;ERMOCHENKO DAMAGE&quot; FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH &quot;WIDER IMAGE&quot; FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY. Matching text: UKRAINE-CRISIS/DONETSK-DWELLERS
The Wider Image: War-scarred neighbourhoods in rebel-held Donetsk
Ruined houses, shell craters and deserted streets - this is a typical scene in the Oktyabrsky district of Donetsk, the largest city of Ukraine's pro-Russian rebel region that bears the same name. The self-styled Donetsk and next-door Luhansk "people's republics" broke away from central rule in 2014 after months of violent street protests in Kiev toppled Ukraine's Moscow-leaning president and propelled pro-Western nationalists to power. In this calm suburb of Donetsk, many people stood aloof of politics. But then fierce clashes broke out between Ukrainian government troops and pro-Russian separatists for control over the nearby Donetsk Airport. A glistening air hub of steel and glass, specially built for the UEFA Euro 2012 of which Donetsk was a venue, the local airport was levelled to the ground, and many of the buildings in Oktyabrsky shared its fate. REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko SEARCH "ERMOCHENKO DAMAGE" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY. Matching text: UKRAINE-CRISIS/DONETSK-DWELLERS
Greece&#39;s goalkeeper Kostas Chalkias attends a training session in Wroclaw on June 11, 2012, on the eve of their Euro 2012 football championships match against the Czech Republic (AFP Photo/ARIS MESSINIS)
Greece's goalkeeper Kostas Chalkias attends a training session in Wroclaw on June 11, 2012, on the eve of their Euro 2012 football championships match against the Czech Republic
Greece's goalkeeper Kostas Chalkias attends a training session in Wroclaw on June 11, 2012, on the eve of their Euro 2012 football championships match against the Czech Republic (AFP Photo/ARIS MESSINIS)
Greece&#39;s goalkeeper Kostas Chalkias attends a training session in Wroclaw on June 11, 2012, on the eve of their Euro 2012 football championships match against the Czech Republic
Greece's goalkeeper Kostas Chalkias attends a training session in Wroclaw on June 11, 2012, on the eve of their Euro 2012 football championships match against the Czech Republic
Greece's goalkeeper Kostas Chalkias attends a training session in Wroclaw on June 11, 2012, on the eve of their Euro 2012 football championships match against the Czech Republic
FILE - In this Sunday, July 1, 2012 file photo, Italy&#39;s Mario Balotelli reacts after the Euro 2012 soccer championship final between Spain and Italy in Kiev, Ukraine. The best coaches in Italy emigrate. The stadiums around the country are falling apart. The lingering problems affecting Italy&#39;s domestic league might just be the reason for the country&#39;s failure to qualify for next year&#39;s World Cup. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic, File)
FILE - In this Sunday, July 1, 2012 file photo, Italy's Mario Balotelli reacts after the Euro 2012 soccer championship final between Spain and Italy in Kiev, Ukraine. The best coaches in Italy emigrate. The stadiums around the country are falling apart. The lingering problems affecting Italy's domestic league might just be the reason for the country's failure to qualify for next year's World Cup. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic, File)
FILE - In this Sunday, July 1, 2012 file photo, Italy's Mario Balotelli reacts after the Euro 2012 soccer championship final between Spain and Italy in Kiev, Ukraine. The best coaches in Italy emigrate. The stadiums around the country are falling apart. The lingering problems affecting Italy's domestic league might just be the reason for the country's failure to qualify for next year's World Cup. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic, File)
FILE - In this Thursday, June 28, 2012 filer, Italy&#39;s Mario Balotelli celebrates his second goal during the Euro 2012 soccer championship semifinal match between Germany and Italy in Warsaw, Poland. The best players in the world go elsewhere. The best coaches in Italy emigrate. The stadiums around the country are falling apart. The lingering problems affecting Italy&#39;s domestic league might just be the reason for the country&#39;s failure to qualify for next year&#39;s World Cup. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda, File)
FILE - In this Thursday, June 28, 2012 filer, Italy's Mario Balotelli celebrates his second goal during the Euro 2012 soccer championship semifinal match between Germany and Italy in Warsaw, Poland. The best players in the world go elsewhere. The best coaches in Italy emigrate. The stadiums around the country are falling apart. The lingering problems affecting Italy's domestic league might just be the reason for the country's failure to qualify for next year's World Cup. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda, File)
FILE - In this Thursday, June 28, 2012 filer, Italy's Mario Balotelli celebrates his second goal during the Euro 2012 soccer championship semifinal match between Germany and Italy in Warsaw, Poland. The best players in the world go elsewhere. The best coaches in Italy emigrate. The stadiums around the country are falling apart. The lingering problems affecting Italy's domestic league might just be the reason for the country's failure to qualify for next year's World Cup. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda, File)
FILE - In this Thursday, June 28, 2012 filer, Italy&#39;s Mario Balotelli celebrates his second goal during the Euro 2012 soccer championship semifinal match between Germany and Italy in Warsaw, Poland. The best players in the world go elsewhere. The best coaches in Italy emigrate. The stadiums around the country are falling apart. The lingering problems affecting Italy&#39;s domestic league might just be the reason for the country&#39;s failure to qualify for next year&#39;s World Cup. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, File )
FILE - In this Thursday, June 28, 2012 filer, Italy's Mario Balotelli celebrates his second goal during the Euro 2012 soccer championship semifinal match between Germany and Italy in Warsaw, Poland. The best players in the world go elsewhere. The best coaches in Italy emigrate. The stadiums around the country are falling apart. The lingering problems affecting Italy's domestic league might just be the reason for the country's failure to qualify for next year's World Cup. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, File )
FILE - In this Thursday, June 28, 2012 filer, Italy's Mario Balotelli celebrates his second goal during the Euro 2012 soccer championship semifinal match between Germany and Italy in Warsaw, Poland. The best players in the world go elsewhere. The best coaches in Italy emigrate. The stadiums around the country are falling apart. The lingering problems affecting Italy's domestic league might just be the reason for the country's failure to qualify for next year's World Cup. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, File )
Sean St Ledger has scored for Ireland in a major tournament, played alongside Kaka and even been linked romantically with Taylor Swift, but he sounds almost giddy with excitement as he talks about making his debut for Solihull Moors on Sunday. “I know what some people will say,” explains the 32 year-old. “They’ll go: ‘It’s only Solihull and they’re in the Conference - what are you doing dropping down to their level?’ “But that doesn’t matter to me. This is such a personal achievement, signing for someone again. I’ve missed football so much.” It is over two years since St Ledger last played a competitive game, scoring an own-goal in Colorado Rapids’ 4-1 loss at Portland Timbers in October 2015. Since then a debilitating knee injury led specialists to recommend retirement. St Ledger refused to listen, ploughing his own money into private treatment and rehabilitation. He has lived like a professional despite not having a club, training alone in a bid to salvage his career. He signed a short-term deal with Solihull, his local team, on Monday, and Sunday’s FA Cup first-round tie at Wycombe will in some ways mean as much to him as scoring for the Republic of Ireland against Croatia at Euro 2012. BREAKING | #SMFC sign experienced defender @seanstledger12 on short-term contract until January. https://t.co/CJ1zSGfkEFpic.twitter.com/MZFnN35SAR— Solihull Moors FC (@SolihullMoors) October 30, 2017 “I just thought: ‘I want to play again’,” he says. “I want to get back to as high a level as possible but I’ve proved to myself I could get back from the injury. “Have there been times when I’ve wondered if this is all worth it? One hundred per cent. There have been times when my knee has swollen for no reason and I think it’s best that I move on and accept it. But I’ve always felt that when things have gone against me I have dug in and been quite dedicated. “There have been low times when I’ve said to my girlfriend that I don’t actually know what to do. You do get lonely. Most of my friends are in football. They ask what I’m up to and I’ll say I’m just doing rehab. I’ve missed the day to day, hanging out with the lads. You miss that when you come out of football for such a long period.” The enforced absence has also made St Ledger realise he hadn’t made the most of his time at Preston and Leicester, where he won the Championship. Sean St Ledger (left) during his Leicester days Credit: GETTY IMAGES “There were times I wasn’t as professional as I should have been,” he adds. “I took being a footballer for granted. When I left Leicester [in 2014] I thought I would get a club quite easily. I wasn’t that old, had a heap of experience. I went to Ipswich on loan but I struggled to get a club that season. That was when it started to really hit home that I had started to mess around during the three years at Leicester when I had a great opportunity. “If I had known they were going to win the Premier League I probably wouldn’t have messed around as much as I did!” Instead he went to America and signed for Orlando City, spending a year playing with former World Player of the Year Kaka. “Never in my wildest dreams could I have thought I would play with someone like Kaka,” he says. “He was unbelievable, the humblest guy considering what he has won in the game. I used to walk in a quarter of an hour before training and he’d have been in the gym with his personal trainer already. His quality was unbelievable.” St Ledger: &quot;#SMFC is a good place for me.&quot; Read @seanstledger12&#39;s first interview after joining The Moors. https://t.co/NBNbUSmikp. pic.twitter.com/xWshpetoY4— Solihull Moors FC (@SolihullMoors) October 30, 2017 There was also a rumour linking St Ledger with Swift after they were photographed together - “right place at the right time, but not true” he says - before he moved on to Colorado and then back to England, where he has been trying to find a club. He did so this week and he has had a swift reintroduction to the mad world of football. Less than 24 hours after he signed for Solihull the club’s manager, Richard Money, quit after just 28 days in charge. “I’ve never come across anything like it,” laughs St Ledger. “I’m in a Whatsapp group with the lads and one of the boys asked if anyone knew what was going on. Then someone else posted the club’s tweet saying he’d resigned. It’s crazy - I still don’t know the reasons why he left. “I’ve been getting messages on Twitter asking if it was my fault and what I’d done - but I can promise I’ve not done anything wrong!” This is one opportunity St Ledger is going to make the most of.
Sean St Ledger interview: Playing with Kaka, Taylor Swift rumours... but running out for Solihull in FA Cup now tops the lot
Sean St Ledger has scored for Ireland in a major tournament, played alongside Kaka and even been linked romantically with Taylor Swift, but he sounds almost giddy with excitement as he talks about making his debut for Solihull Moors on Sunday. “I know what some people will say,” explains the 32 year-old. “They’ll go: ‘It’s only Solihull and they’re in the Conference - what are you doing dropping down to their level?’ “But that doesn’t matter to me. This is such a personal achievement, signing for someone again. I’ve missed football so much.” It is over two years since St Ledger last played a competitive game, scoring an own-goal in Colorado Rapids’ 4-1 loss at Portland Timbers in October 2015. Since then a debilitating knee injury led specialists to recommend retirement. St Ledger refused to listen, ploughing his own money into private treatment and rehabilitation. He has lived like a professional despite not having a club, training alone in a bid to salvage his career. He signed a short-term deal with Solihull, his local team, on Monday, and Sunday’s FA Cup first-round tie at Wycombe will in some ways mean as much to him as scoring for the Republic of Ireland against Croatia at Euro 2012. BREAKING | #SMFC sign experienced defender @seanstledger12 on short-term contract until January. https://t.co/CJ1zSGfkEFpic.twitter.com/MZFnN35SAR— Solihull Moors FC (@SolihullMoors) October 30, 2017 “I just thought: ‘I want to play again’,” he says. “I want to get back to as high a level as possible but I’ve proved to myself I could get back from the injury. “Have there been times when I’ve wondered if this is all worth it? One hundred per cent. There have been times when my knee has swollen for no reason and I think it’s best that I move on and accept it. But I’ve always felt that when things have gone against me I have dug in and been quite dedicated. “There have been low times when I’ve said to my girlfriend that I don’t actually know what to do. You do get lonely. Most of my friends are in football. They ask what I’m up to and I’ll say I’m just doing rehab. I’ve missed the day to day, hanging out with the lads. You miss that when you come out of football for such a long period.” The enforced absence has also made St Ledger realise he hadn’t made the most of his time at Preston and Leicester, where he won the Championship. Sean St Ledger (left) during his Leicester days Credit: GETTY IMAGES “There were times I wasn’t as professional as I should have been,” he adds. “I took being a footballer for granted. When I left Leicester [in 2014] I thought I would get a club quite easily. I wasn’t that old, had a heap of experience. I went to Ipswich on loan but I struggled to get a club that season. That was when it started to really hit home that I had started to mess around during the three years at Leicester when I had a great opportunity. “If I had known they were going to win the Premier League I probably wouldn’t have messed around as much as I did!” Instead he went to America and signed for Orlando City, spending a year playing with former World Player of the Year Kaka. “Never in my wildest dreams could I have thought I would play with someone like Kaka,” he says. “He was unbelievable, the humblest guy considering what he has won in the game. I used to walk in a quarter of an hour before training and he’d have been in the gym with his personal trainer already. His quality was unbelievable.” St Ledger: "#SMFC is a good place for me." Read @seanstledger12's first interview after joining The Moors. https://t.co/NBNbUSmikp. pic.twitter.com/xWshpetoY4— Solihull Moors FC (@SolihullMoors) October 30, 2017 There was also a rumour linking St Ledger with Swift after they were photographed together - “right place at the right time, but not true” he says - before he moved on to Colorado and then back to England, where he has been trying to find a club. He did so this week and he has had a swift reintroduction to the mad world of football. Less than 24 hours after he signed for Solihull the club’s manager, Richard Money, quit after just 28 days in charge. “I’ve never come across anything like it,” laughs St Ledger. “I’m in a Whatsapp group with the lads and one of the boys asked if anyone knew what was going on. Then someone else posted the club’s tweet saying he’d resigned. It’s crazy - I still don’t know the reasons why he left. “I’ve been getting messages on Twitter asking if it was my fault and what I’d done - but I can promise I’ve not done anything wrong!” This is one opportunity St Ledger is going to make the most of.
Sean St Ledger has scored for Ireland in a major tournament, played alongside Kaka and even been linked romantically with Taylor Swift, but he sounds almost giddy with excitement as he talks about making his debut for Solihull Moors on Sunday. “I know what some people will say,” explains the 32 year-old. “They’ll go: ‘It’s only Solihull and they’re in the Conference - what are you doing dropping down to their level?’ “But that doesn’t matter to me. This is such a personal achievement, signing for someone again. I’ve missed football so much.” It is over two years since St Ledger last played a competitive game, scoring an own-goal in Colorado Rapids’ 4-1 loss at Portland Timbers in October 2015. Since then a debilitating knee injury led specialists to recommend retirement. St Ledger refused to listen, ploughing his own money into private treatment and rehabilitation. He has lived like a professional despite not having a club, training alone in a bid to salvage his career. He signed a short-term deal with Solihull, his local team, on Monday, and Sunday’s FA Cup first-round tie at Wycombe will in some ways mean as much to him as scoring for the Republic of Ireland against Croatia at Euro 2012. BREAKING | #SMFC sign experienced defender @seanstledger12 on short-term contract until January. https://t.co/CJ1zSGfkEFpic.twitter.com/MZFnN35SAR— Solihull Moors FC (@SolihullMoors) October 30, 2017 “I just thought: ‘I want to play again’,” he says. “I want to get back to as high a level as possible but I’ve proved to myself I could get back from the injury. “Have there been times when I’ve wondered if this is all worth it? One hundred per cent. There have been times when my knee has swollen for no reason and I think it’s best that I move on and accept it. But I’ve always felt that when things have gone against me I have dug in and been quite dedicated. “There have been low times when I’ve said to my girlfriend that I don’t actually know what to do. You do get lonely. Most of my friends are in football. They ask what I’m up to and I’ll say I’m just doing rehab. I’ve missed the day to day, hanging out with the lads. You miss that when you come out of football for such a long period.” The enforced absence has also made St Ledger realise he hadn’t made the most of his time at Preston and Leicester, where he won the Championship. Sean St Ledger (left) during his Leicester days Credit: GETTY IMAGES “There were times I wasn’t as professional as I should have been,” he adds. “I took being a footballer for granted. When I left Leicester [in 2014] I thought I would get a club quite easily. I wasn’t that old, had a heap of experience. I went to Ipswich on loan but I struggled to get a club that season. That was when it started to really hit home that I had started to mess around during the three years at Leicester when I had a great opportunity. “If I had known they were going to win the Premier League I probably wouldn’t have messed around as much as I did!” Instead he went to America and signed for Orlando City, spending a year playing with former World Player of the Year Kaka. “Never in my wildest dreams could I have thought I would play with someone like Kaka,” he says. “He was unbelievable, the humblest guy considering what he has won in the game. I used to walk in a quarter of an hour before training and he’d have been in the gym with his personal trainer already. His quality was unbelievable.” St Ledger: &quot;#SMFC is a good place for me.&quot; Read @seanstledger12&#39;s first interview after joining The Moors. https://t.co/NBNbUSmikp. pic.twitter.com/xWshpetoY4— Solihull Moors FC (@SolihullMoors) October 30, 2017 There was also a rumour linking St Ledger with Swift after they were photographed together - “right place at the right time, but not true” he says - before he moved on to Colorado and then back to England, where he has been trying to find a club. He did so this week and he has had a swift reintroduction to the mad world of football. Less than 24 hours after he signed for Solihull the club’s manager, Richard Money, quit after just 28 days in charge. “I’ve never come across anything like it,” laughs St Ledger. “I’m in a Whatsapp group with the lads and one of the boys asked if anyone knew what was going on. Then someone else posted the club’s tweet saying he’d resigned. It’s crazy - I still don’t know the reasons why he left. “I’ve been getting messages on Twitter asking if it was my fault and what I’d done - but I can promise I’ve not done anything wrong!” This is one opportunity St Ledger is going to make the most of.
Sean St Ledger interview: Playing with Kaka, Taylor Swift rumours... but running out for Solihull in FA Cup now tops the lot
Sean St Ledger has scored for Ireland in a major tournament, played alongside Kaka and even been linked romantically with Taylor Swift, but he sounds almost giddy with excitement as he talks about making his debut for Solihull Moors on Sunday. “I know what some people will say,” explains the 32 year-old. “They’ll go: ‘It’s only Solihull and they’re in the Conference - what are you doing dropping down to their level?’ “But that doesn’t matter to me. This is such a personal achievement, signing for someone again. I’ve missed football so much.” It is over two years since St Ledger last played a competitive game, scoring an own-goal in Colorado Rapids’ 4-1 loss at Portland Timbers in October 2015. Since then a debilitating knee injury led specialists to recommend retirement. St Ledger refused to listen, ploughing his own money into private treatment and rehabilitation. He has lived like a professional despite not having a club, training alone in a bid to salvage his career. He signed a short-term deal with Solihull, his local team, on Monday, and Sunday’s FA Cup first-round tie at Wycombe will in some ways mean as much to him as scoring for the Republic of Ireland against Croatia at Euro 2012. BREAKING | #SMFC sign experienced defender @seanstledger12 on short-term contract until January. https://t.co/CJ1zSGfkEFpic.twitter.com/MZFnN35SAR— Solihull Moors FC (@SolihullMoors) October 30, 2017 “I just thought: ‘I want to play again’,” he says. “I want to get back to as high a level as possible but I’ve proved to myself I could get back from the injury. “Have there been times when I’ve wondered if this is all worth it? One hundred per cent. There have been times when my knee has swollen for no reason and I think it’s best that I move on and accept it. But I’ve always felt that when things have gone against me I have dug in and been quite dedicated. “There have been low times when I’ve said to my girlfriend that I don’t actually know what to do. You do get lonely. Most of my friends are in football. They ask what I’m up to and I’ll say I’m just doing rehab. I’ve missed the day to day, hanging out with the lads. You miss that when you come out of football for such a long period.” The enforced absence has also made St Ledger realise he hadn’t made the most of his time at Preston and Leicester, where he won the Championship. Sean St Ledger (left) during his Leicester days Credit: GETTY IMAGES “There were times I wasn’t as professional as I should have been,” he adds. “I took being a footballer for granted. When I left Leicester [in 2014] I thought I would get a club quite easily. I wasn’t that old, had a heap of experience. I went to Ipswich on loan but I struggled to get a club that season. That was when it started to really hit home that I had started to mess around during the three years at Leicester when I had a great opportunity. “If I had known they were going to win the Premier League I probably wouldn’t have messed around as much as I did!” Instead he went to America and signed for Orlando City, spending a year playing with former World Player of the Year Kaka. “Never in my wildest dreams could I have thought I would play with someone like Kaka,” he says. “He was unbelievable, the humblest guy considering what he has won in the game. I used to walk in a quarter of an hour before training and he’d have been in the gym with his personal trainer already. His quality was unbelievable.” St Ledger: "#SMFC is a good place for me." Read @seanstledger12's first interview after joining The Moors. https://t.co/NBNbUSmikp. pic.twitter.com/xWshpetoY4— Solihull Moors FC (@SolihullMoors) October 30, 2017 There was also a rumour linking St Ledger with Swift after they were photographed together - “right place at the right time, but not true” he says - before he moved on to Colorado and then back to England, where he has been trying to find a club. He did so this week and he has had a swift reintroduction to the mad world of football. Less than 24 hours after he signed for Solihull the club’s manager, Richard Money, quit after just 28 days in charge. “I’ve never come across anything like it,” laughs St Ledger. “I’m in a Whatsapp group with the lads and one of the boys asked if anyone knew what was going on. Then someone else posted the club’s tweet saying he’d resigned. It’s crazy - I still don’t know the reasons why he left. “I’ve been getting messages on Twitter asking if it was my fault and what I’d done - but I can promise I’ve not done anything wrong!” This is one opportunity St Ledger is going to make the most of.
29-year-old Nuri Sahin, pictured during a Euro 2012 match against Germany, announced he was leaving the Turkish squad &quot;to give way to a newer generation&quot; (AFP Photo/ODD ANDERSEN)
29-year-old Nuri Sahin, pictured during a Euro 2012 match against Germany, announced he was leaving the Turkish squad "to give way to a newer generation"
29-year-old Nuri Sahin, pictured during a Euro 2012 match against Germany, announced he was leaving the Turkish squad "to give way to a newer generation" (AFP Photo/ODD ANDERSEN)
29-year-old Nuri Sahin, pictured during a Euro 2012 match against Germany, announced he was leaving the Turkish squad &quot;to give way to a newer generation&quot;
29-year-old Nuri Sahin, pictured during a Euro 2012 match against Germany, announced he was leaving the Turkish squad "to give way to a newer generation"
29-year-old Nuri Sahin, pictured during a Euro 2012 match against Germany, announced he was leaving the Turkish squad "to give way to a newer generation"
29-year-old Nuri Sahin, pictured during a Euro 2012 match against Germany, announced he was leaving the Turkish squad &quot;to give way to a newer generation&quot;
29-year-old Nuri Sahin, pictured during a Euro 2012 match against Germany, announced he was leaving the Turkish squad "to give way to a newer generation"
29-year-old Nuri Sahin, pictured during a Euro 2012 match against Germany, announced he was leaving the Turkish squad "to give way to a newer generation"
FILE - In this June 22, 2012 file photo German Chancellor Angela Merkel celebrates during the Euro 2012 soccer championship quarterfinal match between Germany and Greece in Gdansk, Poland. Germany won 4-2. Merkel is favored to win a fourth term in Germany&#39;s Sept. 24, 2017 election. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer, file)
FILE - In this June 22, 2012 file photo German Chancellor Angela Merkel celebrates during the Euro 2012 soccer championship quarterfinal match between Germany and Greece in Gdansk, Poland. Germany won 4-2. Merkel is favored to win a fourth term in Germany's Sept. 24, 2017 election. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer, file)
FILE - In this June 22, 2012 file photo German Chancellor Angela Merkel celebrates during the Euro 2012 soccer championship quarterfinal match between Germany and Greece in Gdansk, Poland. Germany won 4-2. Merkel is favored to win a fourth term in Germany's Sept. 24, 2017 election. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer, file)
File photo of Bert Van Marwijk. Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Carl Recine
Portugal v Holland - UEFA EURO 2012 Group B
File photo of Bert Van Marwijk. Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Carl Recine
File photo of Bert Van Marwijk. Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Carl Recine
Portugal v Holland - UEFA EURO 2012 Group B
File photo of Bert Van Marwijk. Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Carl Recine
FILE - In this Sunday, June 24, 2012 file photo Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon clenches his fists after England&#39;s Wayne Rooney, on the ground, missed a chance during the Euro 2012 soccer championship quarterfinal match between England and Italy in Kiev, Ukraine. England striker Wayne Rooney announced his immediate retirement from international football on Wednesday Aug. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader, File)
FILE - In this Sunday, June 24, 2012 file photo Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon clenches his fists after England's Wayne Rooney, on the ground, missed a chance during the Euro 2012 soccer championship quarterfinal match between England and Italy in Kiev, Ukraine. England striker Wayne Rooney announced his immediate retirement from international football on Wednesday Aug. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader, File)
FILE - In this Sunday, June 24, 2012 file photo Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon clenches his fists after England's Wayne Rooney, on the ground, missed a chance during the Euro 2012 soccer championship quarterfinal match between England and Italy in Kiev, Ukraine. England striker Wayne Rooney announced his immediate retirement from international football on Wednesday Aug. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader, File)
<p>Another red card for Wayne Rooney as he is sent off against Montenegro in a Euro 2012 qualifier. </p>
Another red card for Wayne Rooney as he is sent off against Montenegro in a Euro 2012 qualifier.

Another red card for Wayne Rooney as he is sent off against Montenegro in a Euro 2012 qualifier.

FILE - In this, Sunday, Oct. 10, 2010 file photo, Italy&#39;s Gianpaolo Pazzini, during a press conference following a training session ahead of Tuesday&#39;s Euro 2012 soccer qualifier against Serbia, at the Coverciano sports center, near Florence, Italy. Pazzini who is now hired by Hellas Verona is preparing with his team for this weekend&#39;s opening of the Italian league season.(AP Photo/Lorenzo Galassi, File)
FILE - In this, Sunday, Oct. 10, 2010 file photo, Italy's Gianpaolo Pazzini, during a press conference following a training session ahead of Tuesday's Euro 2012 soccer qualifier against Serbia, at the Coverciano sports center, near Florence, Italy. Pazzini who is now hired by Hellas Verona is preparing with his team for this weekend's opening of the Italian league season.(AP Photo/Lorenzo Galassi, File)
FILE - In this, Sunday, Oct. 10, 2010 file photo, Italy's Gianpaolo Pazzini, during a press conference following a training session ahead of Tuesday's Euro 2012 soccer qualifier against Serbia, at the Coverciano sports center, near Florence, Italy. Pazzini who is now hired by Hellas Verona is preparing with his team for this weekend's opening of the Italian league season.(AP Photo/Lorenzo Galassi, File)
Spain retained the European Championship by beating Italy 4-0 in the final
On this Day: Spain win Euro 2012
Spain retained the European Championship by beating Italy 4-0 in the final
Spain retained the European Championship by beating Italy 4-0 in the final
On this Day: Spain win Euro 2012
Spain retained the European Championship by beating Italy 4-0 in the final
Spain retained the European Championship by beating Italy 4-0 in the final
On this Day: Spain win Euro 2012
Spain retained the European Championship by beating Italy 4-0 in the final
<p>… and highly… </p>
Euro 2012: England lose to Italy

… and highly…

<p>Ashley Young fires in his penalty against Italy… </p>
Euro 2012: England lose to Italy

Ashley Young fires in his penalty against Italy…

<p>Ashley Cole walks away after his spot kick is saved by Gianluigi Buffon </p>
Euro 2012: England lose to Italy

Ashley Cole walks away after his spot kick is saved by Gianluigi Buffon

<p>… leaving him to reflect on another England quarter-final exit </p>
Euro 2012: England lose to Italy

… leaving him to reflect on another England quarter-final exit

<p>… which Gianluigi Buffon saves… </p>
Euro 2012: England lose to Italy

… which Gianluigi Buffon saves…

<p>… and Cole begins the long walk back to the halfway line </p>
Euro 2012: England lose to Italy

… and Cole begins the long walk back to the halfway line

<p>Ashley Cole slides in to deliver his fateful spot-kick against Italy… </p>
Euro 2012: England lose to Italy

Ashley Cole slides in to deliver his fateful spot-kick against Italy…

<p>… which he hits firmly… </p>
Euro 2012: England lose to Italy

… which he hits firmly…

<p>It&#39;s a tale as old as time: England losing in a penalty shootout.</p><p>England bowed out of the 2017 Under-21 European Championships to Germany in heartbreaking fashion Tuesday, taking a 2-2 draw into penalty kicks before losing a 4-3 shootout. The win sends the Germans to the final. But this is not a new feeling for the English. This narrative has been played out before. In honor of England&#39;s continued failures from 12 yards away, here&#39;s a look back at some recent history from the senior team.</p><p>World Cup 1990: England vs. West Germany</p><p>It all started over 25 years ago when West Germany took down England in the semifinals. The two teams battled back and forth in the shootout, trading goals until the Germans finally pulled away. Stuart Pearce couldn&#39;t convert and Chris Waddle shot far over the crossbar to mark the end of the team&#39;s tournament run.</p><p>Euro 1996: England vs. Germany</p><p>Days after a shootout victory in the quarterfinals, England once again faced a pesky German team in a semifinal match. As the host country, England faced the pressure and expectations of a nation. A failed attempt by Gareth Southgate sent the squads into sudden death, where Andreas Molle would send the Germans onward once again.</p><p>World Cup 1998: England vs. Argentina</p><p>This classic, which featured an iconic red card for David Beckham, saw a promising opportunity for England to take a shootout. After drawing 2-2, the teams traded goals and a second-attempt save for each in the shootout. Argentina would take the penalties 4-3, though, and take the quarterfinal.</p><p>Euro 2004: England vs. Portugal</p><p>Six years later, another 2-2 draw sent England back to a quarterfinal shootout. Although Beckham missed the first shot, his squad scrambled back into the match and tied the score 5-5. That&#39;s when Portugal goalkeeper Ricardo stepped up and blasted the ball into the back of the net, sending the English on their way.</p><p>World Cup 2006: England vs. Portugal</p><p>Another year, another shootout, another quarterfinal. This time, a 0-0 draw that featured a Beckham injury sent England to penalties. Portugal missed two of its first three, but England failed to take an advantage, with both Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard missing their opening attempts. The Portuguese took a lead, Jamie Carragher missed and Cristiano Ronaldo finished the 3-1 Portugal shootout victory.</p><p>Euro 2012: England vs. Italy</p><p>England looked to win the quarterfinal match in penalties after a goalless draw. Goals from Gerrard and Wayne Rooney put the team up 2-1, but everything quickly collapsed. The Italians would net three unanswered penalties and eliminate England in familiar fashion.</p><p>U-17 Euro 2017: England vs. Spain</p><p>The final of the Under-17 European Championship in May 2017 went to Spain by way of a devastating penalty shootout. The young England team, which was leading with just seconds to go, couldn&#39;t come through at the end of its 80-minute match. </p><p>U-21 Euro 2017: England vs. Germany</p><p>The most recent shootout disappointment goes to the Under-21 team, which fell to Germany on Tuesday. It was a feat in and of itself to make it to a shootout in the semifinal against a talented German side, but once again England&#39;s tournament ended in defeat. </p><p>To be fair to the English, the team did snag a shootout victory over Spain in the 1996 Euro quarterfinals. But that joy was squashed four days later against Germany.</p><p>This article will inevitably be updated after the 2018 World Cup. </p>
Looking back at a quarter-century of England's penalty kick shootout woes

It's a tale as old as time: England losing in a penalty shootout.

England bowed out of the 2017 Under-21 European Championships to Germany in heartbreaking fashion Tuesday, taking a 2-2 draw into penalty kicks before losing a 4-3 shootout. The win sends the Germans to the final. But this is not a new feeling for the English. This narrative has been played out before. In honor of England's continued failures from 12 yards away, here's a look back at some recent history from the senior team.

World Cup 1990: England vs. West Germany

It all started over 25 years ago when West Germany took down England in the semifinals. The two teams battled back and forth in the shootout, trading goals until the Germans finally pulled away. Stuart Pearce couldn't convert and Chris Waddle shot far over the crossbar to mark the end of the team's tournament run.

Euro 1996: England vs. Germany

Days after a shootout victory in the quarterfinals, England once again faced a pesky German team in a semifinal match. As the host country, England faced the pressure and expectations of a nation. A failed attempt by Gareth Southgate sent the squads into sudden death, where Andreas Molle would send the Germans onward once again.

World Cup 1998: England vs. Argentina

This classic, which featured an iconic red card for David Beckham, saw a promising opportunity for England to take a shootout. After drawing 2-2, the teams traded goals and a second-attempt save for each in the shootout. Argentina would take the penalties 4-3, though, and take the quarterfinal.

Euro 2004: England vs. Portugal

Six years later, another 2-2 draw sent England back to a quarterfinal shootout. Although Beckham missed the first shot, his squad scrambled back into the match and tied the score 5-5. That's when Portugal goalkeeper Ricardo stepped up and blasted the ball into the back of the net, sending the English on their way.

World Cup 2006: England vs. Portugal

Another year, another shootout, another quarterfinal. This time, a 0-0 draw that featured a Beckham injury sent England to penalties. Portugal missed two of its first three, but England failed to take an advantage, with both Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard missing their opening attempts. The Portuguese took a lead, Jamie Carragher missed and Cristiano Ronaldo finished the 3-1 Portugal shootout victory.

Euro 2012: England vs. Italy

England looked to win the quarterfinal match in penalties after a goalless draw. Goals from Gerrard and Wayne Rooney put the team up 2-1, but everything quickly collapsed. The Italians would net three unanswered penalties and eliminate England in familiar fashion.

U-17 Euro 2017: England vs. Spain

The final of the Under-17 European Championship in May 2017 went to Spain by way of a devastating penalty shootout. The young England team, which was leading with just seconds to go, couldn't come through at the end of its 80-minute match.

U-21 Euro 2017: England vs. Germany

The most recent shootout disappointment goes to the Under-21 team, which fell to Germany on Tuesday. It was a feat in and of itself to make it to a shootout in the semifinal against a talented German side, but once again England's tournament ended in defeat.

To be fair to the English, the team did snag a shootout victory over Spain in the 1996 Euro quarterfinals. But that joy was squashed four days later against Germany.

This article will inevitably be updated after the 2018 World Cup.

FILE PHOTO: An arrival area is seen in Boryspil airport outside Kiev, Ukraine, March 21, 2012. Borispol will be Ukraine&#39;s main air hub during the Euro 2012 football championship. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich/File Photo
FILE PHOTO: An arrival area is seen in Boryspil airport outside Kiev
FILE PHOTO: An arrival area is seen in Boryspil airport outside Kiev, Ukraine, March 21, 2012. Borispol will be Ukraine's main air hub during the Euro 2012 football championship. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich/File Photo
Two women walk by the Euro 2012 football fanzone near the Palace of Culture in the center of Poland&#39;s capital Warsaw.
Two women walk by the Euro 2012 football fanzone near the Palace of Culture in the center of Poland's capital Warsaw.
Two women walk by the Euro 2012 football fanzone near the Palace of Culture in the center of Poland's capital Warsaw.
Two women walk by the Euro 2012 football fanzone near the Palace of Culture in the center of Poland&#39;s capital Warsaw
Warsaw museum spotlights remains of destroyed city
Two women walk by the Euro 2012 football fanzone near the Palace of Culture in the center of Poland's capital Warsaw
FILE - In this Saturday, June 16, 2012 file photo Russia&#39;s Andrei Arshavin, right, leaves the pitch as Greek players celebrate their 1-0 win during the Euro 2012 soccer championship Group A match between Greece and Russia in Warsaw, Poland. Kuban Krasnodar&#39;s fans hoped signing Andrei Arshavin would herald long-awaited success for their club. The local governor hoped for a pre-election boost. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis, File)
FILE - In this Saturday, June 16, 2012 file photo Russia's Andrei Arshavin, right, leaves the pitch as Greek players celebrate their 1-0 win during the Euro 2012 soccer championship Group A match between Greece and Russia in Warsaw, Poland. Kuban Krasnodar's fans hoped signing Andrei Arshavin would herald long-awaited success for their club. The local governor hoped for a pre-election boost. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis, File)
FILE - In this Saturday, June 16, 2012 file photo Russia's Andrei Arshavin, right, leaves the pitch as Greek players celebrate their 1-0 win during the Euro 2012 soccer championship Group A match between Greece and Russia in Warsaw, Poland. Kuban Krasnodar's fans hoped signing Andrei Arshavin would herald long-awaited success for their club. The local governor hoped for a pre-election boost. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis, File)
<p> FILE - In this Saturday, June 16, 2012 file photo Russia's Andrei Arshavin, right, leaves the pitch as Greek players celebrate their 1-0 win during the Euro 2012 soccer championship Group A match between Greece and Russia in Warsaw, Poland. Kuban Krasnodar's fans hoped signing Andrei Arshavin would herald long-awaited success for their club. The local governor hoped for a pre-election boost. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis, File) </p>
A year before World Cup, Russian clubs battle financial woes

FILE - In this Saturday, June 16, 2012 file photo Russia's Andrei Arshavin, right, leaves the pitch as Greek players celebrate their 1-0 win during the Euro 2012 soccer championship Group A match between Greece and Russia in Warsaw, Poland. Kuban Krasnodar's fans hoped signing Andrei Arshavin would herald long-awaited success for their club. The local governor hoped for a pre-election boost. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis, File)

<p> FILE - In this Saturday, June 16, 2012 file photo Russia's Andrei Arshavin, right, leaves the pitch as Greek players celebrate their 1-0 win during the Euro 2012 soccer championship Group A match between Greece and Russia in Warsaw, Poland. Kuban Krasnodar's fans hoped signing Andrei Arshavin would herald long-awaited success for their club. The local governor hoped for a pre-election boost. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis, File)</p>
A year before World Cup, Russian clubs battle financial woes

FILE - In this Saturday, June 16, 2012 file photo Russia's Andrei Arshavin, right, leaves the pitch as Greek players celebrate their 1-0 win during the Euro 2012 soccer championship Group A match between Greece and Russia in Warsaw, Poland. Kuban Krasnodar's fans hoped signing Andrei Arshavin would herald long-awaited success for their club. The local governor hoped for a pre-election boost. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis, File)

ROME, ITALY - JULY 01: Italian fans react as they watch the UEFA EURO 2012 final match between Italy and Spain on a big screen at the Circus Maximo on July 1, 2012 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Giorgio Cosulich/Getty Images)
A Curious Calm in Italy's Drama
ROME, ITALY - JULY 01: Italian fans react as they watch the UEFA EURO 2012 final match between Italy and Spain on a big screen at the Circus Maximo on July 1, 2012 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Giorgio Cosulich/Getty Images)
​Czech footballer Frantisek Rajtoral has died at the age of 31, ​via BBC Sport. Rajtoral played 24 times for his country and was apart of the team that reached the Euro 2012 quarter finals. The defender was plying his trade at Turkish top-flight club Gaziantepspor in 2016, having spent seven years with Viktoria Plzen, where he won the Czech league twice. The 31-year-old was reportedly found dead at home after Gaziantepspor alerted authorities to his absence on Sunday. Tributes have been...
Czech Republic International Frantisek Rajtoral Confirmed Dead After Tragically Taking His Own Life
​Czech footballer Frantisek Rajtoral has died at the age of 31, ​via BBC Sport. Rajtoral played 24 times for his country and was apart of the team that reached the Euro 2012 quarter finals. The defender was plying his trade at Turkish top-flight club Gaziantepspor in 2016, having spent seven years with Viktoria Plzen, where he won the Czech league twice. The 31-year-old was reportedly found dead at home after Gaziantepspor alerted authorities to his absence on Sunday. Tributes have been...
​Czech footballer Frantisek Rajtoral has died at the age of 31, ​via BBC Sport. Rajtoral played 24 times for his country and was apart of the team that reached the Euro 2012 quarter finals. The defender was plying his trade at Turkish top-flight club Gaziantepspor in 2016, having spent seven years with Viktoria Plzen, where he won the Czech league twice. The 31-year-old was reportedly found dead at home after Gaziantepspor alerted authorities to his absence on Sunday. Tributes have been...
Czech Republic International Frantisek Rajtoral Confirmed Dead After Tragically Taking His Own Life
​Czech footballer Frantisek Rajtoral has died at the age of 31, ​via BBC Sport. Rajtoral played 24 times for his country and was apart of the team that reached the Euro 2012 quarter finals. The defender was plying his trade at Turkish top-flight club Gaziantepspor in 2016, having spent seven years with Viktoria Plzen, where he won the Czech league twice. The 31-year-old was reportedly found dead at home after Gaziantepspor alerted authorities to his absence on Sunday. Tributes have been...
FILE - In this Thursday, June 7, 2012 file photo, Czech Republic&#39;s Theodor Gebre Selassie, left, and Czech Republic&#39;s Frantisek Rajtoral attend a training session a day ahead of the Euro 2012 soccer championship Group A match between Russia and Czech Republic in Wroclaw, Poland. Former Czech Republic defender Frantisek Rajtoral, who won the domestic league title four times before joining Turkish club Gaziantepspor, died on Sunday April 23, 2017. He was 31. The Czech football federation said in a statement that Rajtoral had “committed suicide in Turkey.” (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev, File)
FILE - In this Thursday, June 7, 2012 file photo, Czech Republic's Theodor Gebre Selassie, left, and Czech Republic's Frantisek Rajtoral attend a training session a day ahead of the Euro 2012 soccer championship Group A match between Russia and Czech Republic in Wroclaw, Poland. Former Czech Republic defender Frantisek Rajtoral, who won the domestic league title four times before joining Turkish club Gaziantepspor, died on Sunday April 23, 2017. He was 31. The Czech football federation said in a statement that Rajtoral had “committed suicide in Turkey.” (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev, File)
FILE - In this Thursday, June 7, 2012 file photo, Czech Republic's Theodor Gebre Selassie, left, and Czech Republic's Frantisek Rajtoral attend a training session a day ahead of the Euro 2012 soccer championship Group A match between Russia and Czech Republic in Wroclaw, Poland. Former Czech Republic defender Frantisek Rajtoral, who won the domestic league title four times before joining Turkish club Gaziantepspor, died on Sunday April 23, 2017. He was 31. The Czech football federation said in a statement that Rajtoral had “committed suicide in Turkey.” (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev, File)
FILE - In this Wednesday, June 20, 2012 file photo Czech Republic&#39;s Frantisek Rajtoral, left, and Milan Petrzela attend a training session a day before the Euro 2012 soccer championship quarterfinal between Czech Republic and Portugal in Wroclaw, Poland. Former Czech Republic defender Frantisek Rajtoral, who won the domestic league title four times before joining Turkish club Gaziantepspor, died on Sunday April 23, 2017. He was 31. The Czech football federation said in a statement that Rajtoral had “committed suicide in Turkey.” (AP Photo/Petr David Josek, File)
FILE - In this Wednesday, June 20, 2012 file photo Czech Republic's Frantisek Rajtoral, left, and Milan Petrzela attend a training session a day before the Euro 2012 soccer championship quarterfinal between Czech Republic and Portugal in Wroclaw, Poland. Former Czech Republic defender Frantisek Rajtoral, who won the domestic league title four times before joining Turkish club Gaziantepspor, died on Sunday April 23, 2017. He was 31. The Czech football federation said in a statement that Rajtoral had “committed suicide in Turkey.” (AP Photo/Petr David Josek, File)
FILE - In this Wednesday, June 20, 2012 file photo Czech Republic's Frantisek Rajtoral, left, and Milan Petrzela attend a training session a day before the Euro 2012 soccer championship quarterfinal between Czech Republic and Portugal in Wroclaw, Poland. Former Czech Republic defender Frantisek Rajtoral, who won the domestic league title four times before joining Turkish club Gaziantepspor, died on Sunday April 23, 2017. He was 31. The Czech football federation said in a statement that Rajtoral had “committed suicide in Turkey.” (AP Photo/Petr David Josek, File)
A street in downtown Rome on July 1, 2012. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini
A street in downtown Rome is almost deserted during the Euro 2012 final soccer match between Italy and Spain
A street in downtown Rome on July 1, 2012. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini
A Russian football fan watching on a giant screen the Group A match between Russia and Greece is seen through a flag, in the fan zone in Moscow, on June 16, 2012, during the Euro 2012 football championships. AFP PHOTO/KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV (Photo credit should read KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/GettyImages)
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A Russian football fan watching on a giant screen the Group A match between Russia and Greece is seen through a flag, in the fan zone in Moscow, on June 16, 2012, during the Euro 2012 football championships. AFP PHOTO/KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV (Photo credit should read KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/GettyImages)
Striker Jermain Defoe was a member of the England squads that went to the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012 and says the experiences whetted his appetite for major tournament football (AFP Photo/Paul ELLIS)
Striker Jermain Defoe was a member of the England squads that went to the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012 and says the experiences whetted his appetite for major tournament football
Striker Jermain Defoe was a member of the England squads that went to the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012 and says the experiences whetted his appetite for major tournament football (AFP Photo/Paul ELLIS)
Striker Jermain Defoe was a member of the England squads that went to the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012 and says the experiences whetted his appetite for major tournament football
Striker Jermain Defoe was a member of the England squads that went to the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012 and says the experiences whetted his appetite for major tournament football
Striker Jermain Defoe was a member of the England squads that went to the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012 and says the experiences whetted his appetite for major tournament football
​Arsenal winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain listened to to the song &#39;Mavado - Settle Down&#39; 50 times before his England debut against Norway in 2012. The 23-year-old was called up by former Three Lions boss Roy Hodgson for a Euro 2012 warm-up game away to Norway, one that England narrowly won 1-0. Oxlade-Chamberlain came off the bench to earn his first cap for England, replacing goalscorer Ashley Young in the 72nd minute and going on to perform well in his short cameo. The secret behind his steady...
VIDEO: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Admits He Listened to This Song 50 Times Before England Debut
​Arsenal winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain listened to to the song 'Mavado - Settle Down' 50 times before his England debut against Norway in 2012. The 23-year-old was called up by former Three Lions boss Roy Hodgson for a Euro 2012 warm-up game away to Norway, one that England narrowly won 1-0. Oxlade-Chamberlain came off the bench to earn his first cap for England, replacing goalscorer Ashley Young in the 72nd minute and going on to perform well in his short cameo. The secret behind his steady...
​Arsenal winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain listened to to the song &#39;Mavado - Settle Down&#39; 50 times before his England debut against Norway in 2012. The 23-year-old was called up by former Three Lions boss Roy Hodgson for a Euro 2012 warm-up game away to Norway, one that England narrowly won 1-0. Oxlade-Chamberlain came off the bench to earn his first cap for England, replacing goalscorer Ashley Young in the 72nd minute and going on to perform well in his short cameo. The secret behind his steady...
VIDEO: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Admits He Listened to This Song 50 Times Before England Debut
​Arsenal winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain listened to to the song 'Mavado - Settle Down' 50 times before his England debut against Norway in 2012. The 23-year-old was called up by former Three Lions boss Roy Hodgson for a Euro 2012 warm-up game away to Norway, one that England narrowly won 1-0. Oxlade-Chamberlain came off the bench to earn his first cap for England, replacing goalscorer Ashley Young in the 72nd minute and going on to perform well in his short cameo. The secret behind his steady...
​Arsenal winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain listened to to the song &#39;Mavado - Settle Down&#39; 50 times before his England debut against Norway in 2012. The 23-year-old was called up by former Three Lions boss Roy Hodgson for a Euro 2012 warm-up game away to Norway, one that England narrowly won 1-0. Oxlade-Chamberlain came off the bench to earn his first cap for England, replacing goalscorer Ashley Young in the 72nd minute and going on to perform well in his short cameo. The secret behind his steady...
VIDEO: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Admits He Listened to This Song 50 Times Before England Debut
​Arsenal winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain listened to to the song 'Mavado - Settle Down' 50 times before his England debut against Norway in 2012. The 23-year-old was called up by former Three Lions boss Roy Hodgson for a Euro 2012 warm-up game away to Norway, one that England narrowly won 1-0. Oxlade-Chamberlain came off the bench to earn his first cap for England, replacing goalscorer Ashley Young in the 72nd minute and going on to perform well in his short cameo. The secret behind his steady...
​Arsenal winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain listened to to the song &#39;Mavado - Settle Down&#39; 50 times before his England debut against Norway in 2012. The 23-year-old was called up by former Three Lions boss Roy Hodgson for a Euro 2012 warm-up game away to Norway, one that England narrowly won 1-0. Oxlade-Chamberlain came off the bench to earn his first cap for England, replacing goalscorer Ashley Young in the 72nd minute and going on to perform well in his short cameo. The secret behind his steady...
VIDEO: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Admits He Listened to This Song 50 Times Before England Debut
​Arsenal winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain listened to to the song 'Mavado - Settle Down' 50 times before his England debut against Norway in 2012. The 23-year-old was called up by former Three Lions boss Roy Hodgson for a Euro 2012 warm-up game away to Norway, one that England narrowly won 1-0. Oxlade-Chamberlain came off the bench to earn his first cap for England, replacing goalscorer Ashley Young in the 72nd minute and going on to perform well in his short cameo. The secret behind his steady...
A bus passes &#39;Euro 2012&#39; a large scale image of a euro coin with no value by Danish artists group Superflex on the side of the Queen Elizabeth Hall, which is currently closed for renovation work in London, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. The image is due to be displayed there until March 31 as the third Waterloo Billboard Commission, and was originally made as a response to the Greek financial crisis. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
A bus passes 'Euro 2012' a large scale image of a euro coin with no value by Danish artists group Superflex on the side of the Queen Elizabeth Hall, which is currently closed for renovation work in London, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. The image is due to be displayed there until March 31 as the third Waterloo Billboard Commission, and was originally made as a response to the Greek financial crisis. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
A bus passes 'Euro 2012' a large scale image of a euro coin with no value by Danish artists group Superflex on the side of the Queen Elizabeth Hall, which is currently closed for renovation work in London, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. The image is due to be displayed there until March 31 as the third Waterloo Billboard Commission, and was originally made as a response to the Greek financial crisis. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
A woman and children pass &#39;Euro 2012&#39; a large scale image of a euro coin with no value by Danish artists group Superflex on the side of the Queen Elizabeth Hall, which is currently closed for renovation work in London, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. The image is due to be displayed there until March 31 as the third Waterloo Billboard Commission, and was originally made as a response to the Greek financial crisis. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
A woman and children pass 'Euro 2012' a large scale image of a euro coin with no value by Danish artists group Superflex on the side of the Queen Elizabeth Hall, which is currently closed for renovation work in London, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. The image is due to be displayed there until March 31 as the third Waterloo Billboard Commission, and was originally made as a response to the Greek financial crisis. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
A woman and children pass 'Euro 2012' a large scale image of a euro coin with no value by Danish artists group Superflex on the side of the Queen Elizabeth Hall, which is currently closed for renovation work in London, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. The image is due to be displayed there until March 31 as the third Waterloo Billboard Commission, and was originally made as a response to the Greek financial crisis. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
People walk past &#39;Euro 2012&#39; a large scale image of a euro coin with no value by Danish artists group Superflex on the side of the Queen Elizabeth Hall, which is currently closed for renovation work in London, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. The image is due to be displayed there until March 31 as the third Waterloo Billboard Commission, and was originally made as a response to the Greek financial crisis. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
People walk past 'Euro 2012' a large scale image of a euro coin with no value by Danish artists group Superflex on the side of the Queen Elizabeth Hall, which is currently closed for renovation work in London, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. The image is due to be displayed there until March 31 as the third Waterloo Billboard Commission, and was originally made as a response to the Greek financial crisis. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
People walk past 'Euro 2012' a large scale image of a euro coin with no value by Danish artists group Superflex on the side of the Queen Elizabeth Hall, which is currently closed for renovation work in London, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. The image is due to be displayed there until March 31 as the third Waterloo Billboard Commission, and was originally made as a response to the Greek financial crisis. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
A woman dances whilst wearing headphones backdropped by &#39;Euro 2012&#39; a large scale image of a euro coin with no value by Danish artists group Superflex on the side of the Queen Elizabeth Hall, which is currently closed for renovation work in London, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. The image is due to be displayed there until March 31 as the third Waterloo Billboard Commission, and was originally made as a response to the Greek financial crisis. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
A woman dances whilst wearing headphones backdropped by 'Euro 2012' a large scale image of a euro coin with no value by Danish artists group Superflex on the side of the Queen Elizabeth Hall, which is currently closed for renovation work in London, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. The image is due to be displayed there until March 31 as the third Waterloo Billboard Commission, and was originally made as a response to the Greek financial crisis. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
A woman dances whilst wearing headphones backdropped by 'Euro 2012' a large scale image of a euro coin with no value by Danish artists group Superflex on the side of the Queen Elizabeth Hall, which is currently closed for renovation work in London, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. The image is due to be displayed there until March 31 as the third Waterloo Billboard Commission, and was originally made as a response to the Greek financial crisis. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
People walk past &#39;Euro 2012&#39; a large scale image of a euro coin with no value by Danish artists group Superflex on the side of the Queen Elizabeth Hall, which is currently closed for renovation work in London, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. The image is due to be displayed there until March 31 as the third Waterloo Billboard Commission, and was originally made as a response to the Greek financial crisis. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
People walk past 'Euro 2012' a large scale image of a euro coin with no value by Danish artists group Superflex on the side of the Queen Elizabeth Hall, which is currently closed for renovation work in London, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. The image is due to be displayed there until March 31 as the third Waterloo Billboard Commission, and was originally made as a response to the Greek financial crisis. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
People walk past 'Euro 2012' a large scale image of a euro coin with no value by Danish artists group Superflex on the side of the Queen Elizabeth Hall, which is currently closed for renovation work in London, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. The image is due to be displayed there until March 31 as the third Waterloo Billboard Commission, and was originally made as a response to the Greek financial crisis. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
A man walks past &#39;Euro 2012&#39; a large scale image of a euro coin with no value by Danish artists group Superflex on the side of the Queen Elizabeth Hall, which is currently closed for renovation work in London, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. The image is due to be displayed there until March 31 as the third Waterloo Billboard Commission, and was originally made as a response to the Greek financial crisis. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
A man walks past 'Euro 2012' a large scale image of a euro coin with no value by Danish artists group Superflex on the side of the Queen Elizabeth Hall, which is currently closed for renovation work in London, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. The image is due to be displayed there until March 31 as the third Waterloo Billboard Commission, and was originally made as a response to the Greek financial crisis. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
A man walks past 'Euro 2012' a large scale image of a euro coin with no value by Danish artists group Superflex on the side of the Queen Elizabeth Hall, which is currently closed for renovation work in London, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. The image is due to be displayed there until March 31 as the third Waterloo Billboard Commission, and was originally made as a response to the Greek financial crisis. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
<p>The Manchester City and Spain winger was a World Cup 2010 and Euro 2012 winner with his country.</p>
Jesus Navas

The Manchester City and Spain winger was a World Cup 2010 and Euro 2012 winner with his country.

<p>The Manchester City and Spain winger was a World Cup 2010 and Euro 2012 winner with his country.</p>
Jesus Navas

The Manchester City and Spain winger was a World Cup 2010 and Euro 2012 winner with his country.

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