England’s World Cup squad is not a gamble despite it being their third youngest in the tournament’s history, says manager Gareth Southgate.
He named a 23-man squad for Russia on Wednesday, including uncapped 19-year-old defender Trent Alexander-Arnold.
“I don’t see it as a gamble and I don’t think being free of inhibition is gambling,” said Southgate.
England start their Group G campaign against Tunisia on 18 June, before games against Panama and Belgium.
In his first news conference since announcing the squad, Southgate said:
- He would discuss the captaincy when the players meet up on Sunday
- It was “not the end of the road” for goalkeeper Joe Hart, who did not make the squad
- He had picked the best three young keepers in the country
More to follow