World Cup 2018: England coach, Southgate releases 23-man provisional squad; shuns Hart, Wilshere [FULL LIST]

England coach, Gareth Southgate, has named his 23-man provisional squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

He, however, omitted midfielder, Jack Wilshere and goalkeeper, Joe Hart.

England is tied in group G alongside Tunisia, Belgium and Panama.

The 23-man squad announced on Wednesday by Southgate is made up of three goalkeepers, eight defenders, seven midfielders and five strikers.

The squad included: Goalkeepers: Jordan Pickford (Everton), Jack Butland (Stoke), Nick Pope (Burnley)

Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Kieran Trippier, Danny Rose (both Tottenham), Harry Maguire (Leicester), Phil Jones (Man Utd), John Stones, Kyle Walker (both Man City), Gary Cahill (Chelsea)

Midfielder: Jordan Henderson, (Liverpool), Eric Dier, Dele Alli (both Tottenham), Jesse Lingard, Ashley Young (both Man Utd), Fabian Delph (Man City), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea),

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Forwards: Raheem Sterling (Man City), Jamie Vardy (Leicester), Harry Kane (Tottenham), Marcus Rashford (Man Utd), Danny Welbeck (Arsenal).

Meanwhile, speaking after the announcement of the squad, Southgate told reporters: “I believe this is a squad which we can be excited about.

“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.

“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.

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“The selection process has been over months really, it’s not just been the last few weeks. We feel the team is improving and we want to continue that momentum.”

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