England World Cup squad: Gareth Southgate says selection not a gamble

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    Gareth Southgate says he is “excited” by England’s World Cup squad

    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

    View the original article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/44152197


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