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England 2018 World Cup squad announcement LIVE: Find out who is picked

  • England's final squad for the 2018 World Cup will be announced this afternoon
  • Gareth Southgate faces a number of tough choices ahead of the tournament
  • International regulars such as Joe Hart and Jack Wilshere are set to miss out
  • Trent Alexander-Arnold set to be a surprise selection in the 23-man squad 

England's final 23 man squad for the 2018 World Cup will be announced this afternoon, with manager Gareth Southgate facing a number of tough choices.

Established international regulars such as Joe Hart and Jack Wilshere are set to miss out, while it remains to be seen if wildcards such as Jonjo Shelvey make the cut.

So, who will be travelling to Russia this summer to try and end 52 years of hurt? Sportsmail will keep you up to date right here…

Auto-update 12:29 Lineker: 'Write off this World Cup and play the kids'

If selecting Trent Alexander-Arnold and leaving Joe Hart out is anything to go by, Gareth Southgate and Gary Lineker are of one mind.

Ex-England international Lineker has said that Gareth Southgate should 'write off' the idea of winning the World Cup and use this tournament to blood the youngsters who could genuinely lift the trophy in Qatar, four years from now.Lineker, who will be fronting the BBC's TV coverage of Russia 2018, said at the launch party: 'I would sell this on youngsters. I would take total pressure off them. I would say, “This is all about experience. We are not going to do particularly well. We are not going to win this World Cup”. I would play lots of these talented young players.'Read more by clicking here.

12:24 Squad announcement expected at 2pm

Just over 90 minutes until we learn for certain which England players have made the cut.

We'll have every piece of information right here.

12:22 JAMIE REDKNAPP: Joe Hart is not finished yet but must rediscover his form

Here's what Sportsmail columnist and former England international Jamie Redknapp has had to say about Joe Hart's expected exclusion from the World Cup squad: 

Joe Hart will be hurting after this rejection. Now he has to react positively, find a new club and play his way back into form.

He went to West Ham to prove he was still England's No 1. After an indifferent year in Italy with Torino he needed a strong season with plenty of clean sheets.

Yet he made some high-profile errors and lost his place to Adrian. When you compare him to Jack Butland, Jordan Pickford and Nick Pope, his performances have not been good enough to earn him a World Cup place.

You can read Jamie's full piece here.

12:16 England's 2014 World Cup squad: Four years is a long time in football

Four years ago, Gerrard and Lampard were still patrolling England's midfield and Rickie Lambert was the answer up front.

England's 2014 World Cup was disastrous, as they finished bottom of Group D with one point after losing to Italy and Uruguay, before drawing their dead rubber with Costa Rica.

Here was the squad Roy Hodgson picked. How many survivors this summer? Not many, you suspect…

Goalkeepers: Joe Hart (Manchester City), Fraser Forster (Celtic), Ben Foster (West Bromwich Albion)

Defenders: Leighton Baines (Everton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Luke Shaw (Southampton), Chris Smalling (Manchester United)

Midfielders: Ross Barkley (Everton), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Adam Lallana (Southampton), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), James Milner (Manchester City), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Raheem Sterling (Liverpool), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal)
Forwards: Rickie Lambert (Southampton), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool), Daniel Welbeck (Manchester United)

12:11 Broken Hart and woe for Wilshere

Gareth Southgate certainly seems to be sweeping a new broom through this England squad, with some of the biggest names in the game set to miss out.

It is understood Joe Hart and Jack Wilshere have been told they will not be picked this summer; Hart after a number of error-prone performances for West Ham, Wilshere due to doubts over his fitness.

Hart is understood to be livid about his exclusion – while Wilshere is more sanguine and is planning his holidays instead.

12:02 TAA in – who misses out?

The news of Alexander-Arnold's inclusion may leave Gary Cahill and Kieran Trippier sweating on their places in the squad for Russia.

Trippier is understood to be fit after picking up a thigh injury last week, but Alexander-Arnold’s expected inclusion casts doubt over his place. Cahill was omitted from the previous England squad but is hoping for a recall.

You can read Sami Mokbel's full story here.

12:00 BREAKING NEWS: Trent Alexander-Arnold set to be picked in England squad

SAMI MOKBEL: Gareth Southgate is set to reward Trent Alexander-Arnold for his superb season with a place on the plane to Russia.

Sportsmail revealed last week that the youngster was included in Southgate’s provisional 35-man squad and defender is believed to have made the final cut.

Alexander-Arnold has played a key role in Liverpool’s memorable run to the Champions League Final and Southgate, and the 19-year-old’s displays in Europe have not gone unnoticed.

11:57 Sportsmail's reporters pick their squads

Trying to second guess the England manager is always a risky strategy – but Sportsmail's reporters have given it a go with their predictions for the 23.

There's a mix of the predictable and the unexpected in there, with wildcard selections ranging from Jadon Sancho to Tom Huddlestone.

You can read Sportsmail's predictions here, and leave your own selections (politely) in the comments below.

11:55 Who's in, and who's out?

Gazza's omission in 1998. Walcott's selection in 2006. Rashford's late burst into the 23 for Euro 2016.

England squad announcements are always big news and often memorable. Today, Gareth Southgate's picks for the 2018 World Cup in Russia will be announced.

Want to keep up with every detail? You just need to stay right here.


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