Joe Hart and Jack Wilshere were left out of England’s World Cup squad on Wednesday by manager Gareth Southgate, who included uncapped 19-year-old Trent Alexander-Arnold.
The choice of 19-year-old defender Alexander-Arnold comes after some fine performances in Liverpool’s race to the Champions League final. Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope and Fabian Delph of Manchester City are other outstanding considerations.
Hart and Wilshere, who highlighted for England at Euro 2016, have battled for a place at their clubs this season, either through form or fitness.
Hart, the West Ham United goalkeeper on loan from Manchester City, won 75 caps for England and was their No. 1 at Euro 2012, the 2014 World Cup and Euro 2016, yet he dropped out of support following Pep Guardiola’s landing in City in 2016 and has accordingly invested energy on loan at Torino and West Ham, where he was downgraded behind Adrian for a significant part of the second half of the season.
With Hart’s exclusion, Southgate chose Stoke City’s Jack Butland, Everton’s Jordan Pickford and Pope as his three goalkeepers.
Wilshere, the Arsenal midfielder, recouped in the wake of breaking his left leg on loan at Bournemouth last season to show up in all competitions, yet a ankle injury kept him from expressing his case to Southgate amid friendlies in March.
Southgate additionally gave a spot in the squad to Alexander-Arnold, the Liverpool defender who was welcome to train with the squad amid the March friendlies.
Alexander-Arnold, who showed up in all competitions for Liverpool this season, earned acclaim for his performance against City in the Champions League quarterfinals.
Southgate has named Tom Heaton, James Tarkowski, Lewis Cook, Jake Livermore and Adam Lallana on his stand by list.
England will confront Tunisia in their Group F opener on June 18 in Kazan, Russia, and have likewise been assembled with Belgium and Tunisia.
England’s 23-man World Cup squad
Goalkeepers: Jordan Pickford (Everton), Jack Butland (Stoke City), Nick Pope (Burnley)
Defenders: John Stones (Manchester City), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Kyle Walker (Manchester City), Harry Maguire (Leicester City), Kieran Trippier (Tottenham Hotspur), Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur), Ashley Young (Manchester United), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool)
Midfielders: Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Fabian Delph (Manchester City)
Forwards: Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Jamie Vardy (Leicester City), Danny Welbeck (Arsenal), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United)