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- ENGLAND SQUAD: View Gareth Southgate's official 23-man World Cup outfit
- Marcus Rashford and Ashley Young were named among Southgate's squad
- Rashford celebrated his achievement by paying tribute to his mum on Twitter
- Kyle Walker posted a screenshot of a missed call from manager SouthgateÂ
- Young Tweeted 'dreams do come true' as he posted a picture of his younger self
On the day Marcus Rashford's dreams of going to the World Cup were realised, he took to Twitter to pay tribute to his mum.
Gareth Southgate announced his official World Cup squad on Wednesday afternoon where Manchester United team-mates Rashford and Ashley Young were among those handed a seat on the plane to Russia.
United striker Rashford, among a host of other World Cup hopefuls, sat anxiously as he awaited the call that would tell him whether to pack his bags for Russia or for a summer holiday.
Marcus Rashford was one of many England stars to celebrate a call-up for the World Cup
Fortunately for him, good news awaited and he was named in Southgate's 23-man squad.
As he celebrated a well-earned call-up, after playing a significant role in guiding Jose Mourinho's side to a second-place finish in the Premier League, he took to Twitter to celebrate his achievement.
Rashford, who will get his first taste of a World Cup this summer, extended his gratitude to his mum after her years of watching on from the sidelines as her son pursued his dream. A dream that on Wednesday came true.
The Manchester United forward paid a touching tribute to his mum on Twitter
Along with images of himself on a recent appearance for the Three Lions, he wrote: 'After years of you standing on the touch line in the cold and rain, Mum we're off to the World Cup!'
Many of the England stars came forward to thank Southgate for the opportunity, or to show their pride in being selected. However, Kyle Walker was apparently none the wiser, as he posted a print screen showing a missed call from his national team coach.
He wrote: 'The one call you don’t want to miss!! #WC2018'.
Probably not getting off to the best start, but he is on the plane nonetheless.
ENGLAND'S WORLD CUP SQUAD
Jordan Pickford (Everton), Jack Butland (Stoke), Nick Pope (Burnley)
John Stones (Manchester City), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Harry Maguire (Leicester), Kyle Walker (Manchester City), Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Ashley Young (Manchester United), Danny Rose (Tottenham), Kieran Trippier (Tottenham)
Eric Dier (Tottenham), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Dele Alli (Tottenham), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Fabian Delph (Manchester City)
Defender Ashley Young Tweeted a picture of his younger self wearing an England kit
Young, meanwhile, who will also be traveling to his first World Cup, displayed an image of his childhood self, dressed in an England kit, sharing the desires of so many budding young footballers.
'Maybe this picture said I was gonna live my dream and go to a World Cup… dreams do come true,' he wrote on Twitter.
The United duo of Young and Rashford have been extremely influential for the Old Trafford outfit this season, having a hand in 19 Premier League goals between them, and can feel deserving of a place among Southgate's merry men.
Meanwhile, Walker's Premier League winning campaign with Manchester City sees him a firm favourite to be a regular starter for Southgate in Russia.
Dele Alli joined the celebrations as he described his call-up as an 'honour' on social media
Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold described his call up as a 'dream come true'
vs Tunisia June 18 (Volgograd Arena)
vs Panama June 24 (Nizhny Novgorod Stadium)
vs Belgium June 28 (Kaliningrad Stadium)
Among the rest of the squad, Tottenham's Dele Alli posted an image of himself playing for England at youth level. He wrote: 'It's an honour to be named in the England squad for the World Cup. It's a dream come true! Get me to Russia!!'
Jamie Vardy mirrored Alli's words in his own post, writing: 'What an honour! No words to describe the feeling right now….. Can’t wait to get going! See you in Russia'.
Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold described it as a 'dream come true' as he shared an image from an England youth game.
England face two World Cup warm-up matches against Costa Rica at Leeds' Elland Road before facing Nigeria at Wembley in the weeks before they set sail for Russia.
They will face Tunisia in their opening group game on June 18 at the Volgograd Arena, before matches against Panama at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium on June 24 and Belgium in Kaliningrad four days later.
Gareth Southgate's Three Lions kick-off their World Cup campaign against Tunisia on June 18