Date: 16th May 2018 at 2:19pm
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Adam Lallana omitted however after an injury-ravaged campaign…

England manager Gareth Southgate has this afternoon (Wednesday May 16) named his 23-man squad for the 2018 World Cup and it includes just two Liverpool players.

As expected, Reds captain and Three Lions regular Jordan Henderson is selected, and there is also a place on the plane to Russia for versatile teenager Trent Alexander-Arnold, who is rewarded for an impressive breakthrough campaign in which he has made 32 appearances to date.

Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana is however amongst several high-profile names to miss out, including Joe Hart and Jack Wilshere. The 30-year-old is at least on a five-man standby list.

Full Squad

Goalkeepers: Butland, Pickford, Pope

Defenders: Walker, Trippier, Alexander-Arnold, Stones, Cahill, Jones, Maguire, Young, Rose

Midfielders: Dier, Delph, Henderson, Loftus-Cheek, Lingard, Alli, Sterling

Forwards: Kane, Rashford, Vardy, Welbeck

Standby List: Tom Heaton, James Tarkowski, Jake Livermore and Adam Lallana

An ankle injury, ironically suffered initially whilst playing for England against Holland in March, had already ruled out Anfield defender Joe Gomez, while Southgate has decided to overlook Reds forward Dominic Solanke despite handing him a senior international debut against Brazil in November.

England are in Group G for the tournament, alongside Tunisia, Panama and Belgium, with their first match against the former in Volgograd on June 18.

Before heading to Russia the Three Lions are set to play friendlies against Nigeria at Wembley and Costa Rica at Elland Road.

Vital Comment

Hard to disagree too much with Southgate’s selections from a Liverpool perspective. Trent-Alexander is a deserved and pleasing inclusion after a campaign in which he has shown he has the ability and temperament to handle the big stage. The experience of going to a major tournament, even if he doesn’t feature, should be viewed as the icing on the cake of his initial development. Not taking Lallana is a slight surprise given his quality and experience but if you are only selecting four forwards then Solanke hasn’t featured, or scored enough, to warrant a place at this stage. Everyone at Vital Liverpool wishes Southgate and his players all the best at the tournament.

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