UK: Southgate defends Hart and Wilshere World Cup omissions

SOT, Gareth Southgate, manager of England national team: «No, absolutely. I've picked players on form and if he's playing well for his club why wouldn't we select him. So there's no reason that that has to be the end. He's got important career decision[s] this summer and we hope he can resolve that smoothy and he can be back playing at his very best.» England manager Gareth Southgate justified... Еще his 23-man World Cup squad selection at a press conference at Wembley Stadium in London on Thursday. Notable omissions included injury-struck Liverpool midfielder Adam Allan, West Ham goalkeeper Joe Hart and Arsenal's Jack Wilshere, leaving the relatively young and inexperienced at an international level. «I've picked players on form,» Southgate said. «We know that usually teams that win tournaments usually have a lot more caps than we do, have more experience of semi-finals, finals.» Wildcards included 19-year-old right back Trent Alexander-Arnold, Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek and centreback John Stones, who has barely featured for Manchester City since the turn of the year. England are set to face Tunisia, Panama and Belgium in Group G when the tournament gets underway in Russia on June 15.

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