As expected, Joe Hart and Jack Wilshere have both missed out but there are surprise call-ups for Liverpool teenager Trent Alexander-Arnold and Chelsea’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
England U21 defender Alexander-Arnold, 19, is uncapped at senior level and his inclusion has blindsided many.
He has not been in a squad before but was invited to train with the seniors at the last get-together for the friendlies with Italy and Holland in March.
Although the news is less positive for Hart. Southgate called the 75-cap goalkeeper Hart on Monday evening to tell him he would not be in the squad, which at 31 could well signal the end of his international career following a difficult spell at club level.
Wilshere, meanwhile, has not played for his country since the Euro 2016 exit to Iceland. He was in line to start against Holland in March before injury put his World Cup hopes in jeopardy.
Manchester City‘s versatile Fabian Delph is included by Southgate, along with Tottenham defender Danny Rose and Manchester United wing-back Ashley Young.
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Burnley centre-back James Tarkowski is on a five-man list of standby players which includes Tom Heaton, Lewis Cook, Jake Livermore and Adam Lallana.
Given Hart’s absence, uncapped Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope, 26, has got the nod to make the trip alongside Jordan Pickford and Jack Butland, who was relegated with Stoke.
Swansea’s Alfie Mawson, an unused member of the squad in March, is out after going under the knife. In midfield, Newcastle’s Jonjo Shelvey has performed well recently, but last donned the Three Lions in November 2015. He has missed out.
Lallana, England’s player of the year in 2016, can only make the list of back-ups meaning there is a place for Loftus-Cheek, who impressed on loan at Crystal Palace.
Speaking for the first time since naming the squad, Southgate said: “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.
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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 are improving and we want to continue that momentum.”
Most players will meet up on Monday as World Cup preparations get under way, although Manchester United and Chelsea players will be given an extended break after the FA Cup final.
Liverpool‘s players will get similar respite after the Champions League final against Real Madrid.
England have warm-up friendlies against Nigeria at Wembley on June 2 and Costa Rica in Leeds on June 7, ahead of the Group G opener against Tunisia on June 18.
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England World Cup squad
Goalkeepers: Butland (Stoke), Pickford (Everton), Pope (Burnley)
Defenders: Jones (Man Utd), Cahill (Chelsea), Walker (Man City), Trippier (Tottenham), Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Rose (Tottenham), Young (Man Utd), Stones (Man City), Maguire (Leicester)
Midfielders: Dier (Tottenham), Henderson (Liverpool), Delph (Man City), Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea), Lingard (Man Utd), Alli (Tottenham)
Forwards: Kane (Tottenham), Rashford (Man Utd), Vardy (Leicester), Sterling (Man City), Welbeck (Arsenal).
Stand-by list: Heaton (Burnley), Tarkowski (Burnley), L Cook (Bournemouth), Livermore (West Brom), Lallana (Liverpool).
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England World Cup squad: Trent Alexander-Arnold has made the cut
WHO IS TRENT ALEXANDER-ARNOLD? THE SHOCK NAME IN WORLD CUP SQUAD
1. Early yearnings
Alexander-Arnold grew up in West Derby, a short walk from Liverpool’s training ground. As a young boy he used to wait at the gates of Melwood or look through the cracks in the wall to see if he could spot the likes of Steven Gerrard, Jamie Carragher or Xabi Alonso. The family home may have moved since then but Alexander-Arnold still lives with his mum Diane and two brothers Tyler and Marcel.
2. Lucky break
His Liverpool career actually began with a stroke of fortune. Around the time he was six the club were holding summer community camps and sent invitations to local schools but demand was so high Alexander-Arnold’s class held a raffle – and his name was picked out. Within 30 minutes of him being there one of the coaches asked his mum to bring him to their sessions two or three times a week.
The greatest has to be mum Diane. He said: “She has been with me every single step of the way. Without her and the family all around me, I definitely wouldn’t be where I am.” During his spell at the academy Diane would take Christmas presents to the staff to say thanks. Even when he graduated to the first-team’s Melwood base she continued, delivering doughnuts one day much to her son’s surprise. Originally a midfielder in his mid-teens, when it became apparent there may be a first-team opening in defence coach Neil Critchley pored over hours of footage with the youngster using Germany’s Philipp Lahm and Brazil’s Dani Alves as role models.
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4. Grand master
While many 19-year-olds may typically be glued to their PlayStation or Xbox, Alexander-Arnold also has a more cerebral pastime: chess. Again it comes from a parental influence which was quite strict about education, with Alexander-Arnold getting involved with a club at school and then taking that home to play his brothers. On long trips Alexander-Arnold has found a new opponent in Ben Woodburn, a year his junior, with the pair spending hours playing on either a virtual board or, as in the case for last summer’s pre-season trip, a real one. His speed on the pitch is not reflected in his chess game, however, with Woodburn reportedly complaining he takes too long to consider his moves.
5. Bigger picture
Alexander-Arnold is involved with An Hour for Others, a community organisation where local people and businesses are involved in helping many of the most vulnerable in society; elderly living alone, families coping with illness and bereavement, children living in poverty or being bullied at school. Alexander-Arnold has become an ambassador for the organisation and through his association with the charity struck up a friendship with Louis Henry, a young boy with cerebral palsy. For the final match of the season at Anfield the defender provided lounge tickets for the youngster’s family and took Louis in his wheelchair on to the pitch with him for the lap of honour.
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WHERE DID IT GO WRONG FOR JOE HART?
1 Euro 2016
Hart was widely criticised for his positioning as Gareth Bale scored a long-range free-kick for Wales in their Group B clash. England came back to win that game and qualify for the last 16, but that was as far as they got after Kolbeinn Sigthorsson’s shot slipped under Hart’s grasp to earn Iceland a famous win.
2 Axed by Pep
Following that tournament, Hart found himself out of favour with incoming City manager Pep Guardiola as the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss sought a keeper adept at playing out from the back with his feet. Claudio Bravo was given the first crack at the role before the more successful signing of Ederson 12 months later, while Hart was farmed out on loan to first Torino and then the Hammers. His confidence has never looked the same since.
3 Dodgy debut for “John”
His Serie A stint did not get off to the best of starts at Atalanta, where the teamsheet named him as “John Hart” before he gifted the hosts an equaliser by tipping a corner straight to the feet of Andrea Masiello, who slotted home to help his side to a 2-1 win. The season ended with club president Urbano Cairo criticising Hart’s form amid speculation over his long-term future.
4 Outperformed by Adrian
While Hart’s international form has been strong since his disappointing European Championship, his club woes have continued as he has been in and out of West Ham’s team. Sharing the season equally with 19 games apiece, Hart kept four clean sheets to Adrian’s six, conceded 39 goals to 29 and featured in three wins and 10 defeats, compared to seven and six for the Spaniard. Hart is also listed by the Premier League website as making four errors leading to goals this season.
5. Emergence of others
Jordan Pickford was one of the few bright spots of Sunderland’s Premier League relegation season before securing a £30million move to Everton, while Jack Butland has been a consistent top-flight presence. And even after Tom Heaton’s long-term injury prevented the Burnley keeper staking a World Cup claim, the previously unheralded Pope stepped in seamlessly to help the Clarets into Europe and seemingly book his own ticket to Russia.