Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Midlands players included in England squad for the World Cup

Midlands players included in England squad for the World Cup

Not cocky and arrogant, or hard work for his manager, like a lot of talented young English players.

Long-time goalkeeper Joe Hart and injury-prone midfielder Jack Wilshere were omitted, for example. This is essentially Gareth Southgate and the Philosopher's Stone.

As for goalkeepers, Jack Butland of recently relegated Stoke City will fight for the gloves with Everton stopper Jordan Pickford and Burnley's Nick Pope. Come the next World Cup or even the next European Championships, I think England will be very competitive.

Many of those to have made the squad were quick to acknowledge their inclusion via social media, Marcus Rashford being one of them.

Shelvey will also be attempting to do the same, and with his disciplinary shortcomings one of the reasons he has not been called up, a new and more disciplined version of the midfielder should be expected going forward. If you have more experience, you just connect into that and do it because you're playing for England.

"But at the next World Cup, given the success England have had at youth levels which we've never had before, it bodes really well". So not everyone is as optimistic as England's manager.

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"I believe this is a squad which we can be excited about", said England coach Gareth Southgate, who stuck to his footballing beliefs and didn't fall into the trap that some of his predecessors have of opting for established names over form players. "They're both good guys and have contributed a lot throughout qualification, so it wasn't an enjoyable part of the job and I feel it's important to acknowledge their contribution in getting us to Russian Federation".

Ashley Young, rejuvenated at Manchester United, joined Danny Rose as left-back options instead of Bertrand, who will feel hard done by considering he played a key role for Southgate.

They failed to make the knock-outs under Roy Hodgson in Brazil in 2014. Only five fragments remain: Gary Cahill, Phil Jones, Jordan Henderson, Raheem Sterling and Danny Welbeck. The day before, he was at his club's Cobham training ground preparing for this weekend's FA Cup final against Manchester United, unsure if he was off on holiday with his family next week or preparing for potentially five weeks in Russian Federation.

Liverpool's Adam Lallana is in contention despite an injury-ravaged season.

Premier League champions Manchester City and runners-up Manchester United both have four representatives.

The Englishman was also the difference-maker in the Manchester derby, leading United to a 1-0 victory over City with the only goal of the game.

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