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Hart, Wilshere left out of England's World Cup squad

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England on Wednesday unveiled the final list of 23 players for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, with the presence of Alexander-Arnold and and the absence of and

After days of rumours and speculation, the made public the squad that will represent England at the World Cup, to begin on June 14, reports news agency.

"I believe this is a squad which we can be excited about, Southgate said on the English Football Association's website.

"I feel the balance of the squad is good, both in terms of its experience, its character and also the positional balance," he added.

Southgate had until May 14 to pick a list of 35 players and until June 4 to reduce it to 23, but he decided to announce the final list on Wednesday, two days after the deadline for the provisional call expired.

Among the most surprising choices on Southgate's list are the presence of the 19-year-old right-back Alexander-Arnold, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, and Nick Pope who was picked over

"We have a lot of 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," he said.

Only five of the 23 players that appeared four years ago in in will travel to Russia: Gary Cahill, Phil Jones, Jordan Henderson, and

A further five players were included in a waiting list, in case the England squad has to sideline anyone before the tournament opener.

Tom Heaton, James Tarkowski, Lewis Cook, and have all been formally put on standby, the England said.

Before travelling, England are to play two friendly matches -- on June 2 at Wembley against and on June 7 at the against

England are in Group G of along with Belgium, and The squad:

Goalkeepers: Jack Butland (Stoke), Jordan Pickford (Everton), Nick Pope (Burnley).

Defenders: Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), (Chelsea), (Manchester City), (Manchester United), Harry Maguire (Leicester), (Tottenham Hotspur), (Manchester City), (Tottenham Hotspur), (Manchester City), (Manchester United).

Midfielders: Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur), (Tottenham Hotspur), (Liverpool), (Manchester United), (Chelsea).

Forwards: Harry Kane (Tottenham), (Manchester United), (Manchester City), Jamie Vardy (Leicester), (Arsenal).

Standby: (Bournemouth), (Burnley), (Liverpool), (West Brom), (Burnley).



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First Published: Wed, May 16 2018. 22:04 IST