England Name Liverpool, Chelsea Youngsters In World Cup Squad; Drop Wilshere, Hart

England coach Gareth Southgate has announced his 23-man final squad for the Russia 2018 World Cup.

Former England centre-back Southgate made the announcement via the official England Twitter handle on Wednesday.

As expected, the likes of Harry Kane, who scored 30 Premier League goals for Tottenham Hotspur this season, Dele Alli, Jamie Vardy, Reheem Sterling, Gary Cahill and Kyle Walker are all included.

However, there is no room for Manchester United defender Chris Smalling, Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere and Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart in the squad.

The surprise inclusions is Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who spent the just ended season on loan at Crystal Palace, and Liverpool youngster Trent Alexander-Arnold.

England will face the Super Eagles of Nigeria in a friendly in London on June 2 before playing Tunisia, Belgium and Panama in the group phase in Russia.

England’s official World Cup 2018 squad:

– Butland, Pickford, Pope

– Stones, Jones, Walker, Cahill, Rose, Maguire, Alexander-Arnold, Young, Trippier

– Henderson, Dier, Alli, Lingard, Sterling, Delph, Loftus-Cheek

– Kane, Vardy, Rashford, Welbeck

Queen Marks 92nd Birthday With Commonwealth Concert

Queen Elizabeth II marked her 92nd birthday on Saturday with traditional gun salutes and a Commonwealth-themed charity concert featuring Tom Jones, Kylie and Shaggy.

Horse-drawn guns fired 41 times in Hyde Park and 62 times at the Tower of London, while at Windsor Castle, the band played “Happy Birthday” during the changing of the guard.

In the evening, the monarch and her family were due to attend a concert with performers from around the Commonwealth, the 53-nation grouping which held its summit in London this week.

Australia’s Kylie, Canadian pop chart-topper Shawn Mendes, South African all-male choir Ladysmith Black Mambazo and US-Jamaican reggae star Shaggy were to join British stars including Jones, Craig David and Sting.

The queen usually celebrates her birthday in private, saving the pomp for her official birthday in June.

The concert at the Royal Albert Hall will raise money for a new youth charity, The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust.

The monarch’s grandson Prince Harry, who will marry US actress Meghan Markle at Windsor on May 19, is the trust’s new president and was due to give a speech at the concert.

The queen has been the symbolic head of the Commonwealth since her father King George VI’s death in 1952, but its leaders agreed on Friday that her son and heir Prince Charles should succeed her.

The summit was overshadowed by a row over Britain’s treatment of Caribbean immigrants, while Charles himself also came under scrutiny.

A non-white writer, Anita Sethi, claimed he joked about whether she was really from the British city of Manchester when they met at a Commonwealth meeting this week.

Sethi — whose mother was born in Guyana — said Charles asked her where she was from and when she replied, said: “Well, you don’t look like it!” and laughed.

She wrote in The Guardian that she felt humiliated and angry, adding that “some people, including the prince, urgently need a history lesson about immigration”.

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Nigeria Seal June Friendly With England

Nigeria’s Super Eagles are set to play England in a World Cup warm-up game in June, the general secretary of the Nigeria Football Federation Mohammed Sanusi has said.

“We plan to play a friendly against England in June, before the World Cup,” he said, adding that the venue and other details of the match were still to be worked out.

Both Nigeria and England will feature at next year’s World Cup in Russia.

The Super Eagles are drawn in Group D along with Argentina, Croatia and Iceland, while England are in Group G with Belgium, Panama and Tunisia.

Both countries have clashed once at this level, in November 1995, when England won 1-0 at Wembley courtesy of a David Platt headed goal.

Sanusi also said the Eagles would play at least one friendly before Russia 2018 in the country’s capital Abuja to show the team’s appreciation for the support of both the Nigerian government and people.

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Isaac Success On Crutches, Back To England For Treatment

Nigeria international Isaac Success faces a prolonged spell on the sidelines after suffering a leg injury.

Although it is unknown the exact date the Watford star will be back in action, he has returned to the United Kingdom to receive treatment, along with former Chelsea starlet Nathaniel Chalobah who is recovering from a knee injury.

”Isaac Success has returned to England from Barcelona, Spain. He was given crutches to assist him to walk,” a top source told allnigeriasoccer.com.

”No date has been fixed for his comeback, he has not started training. He is receiving treatment every day, Chalobah and Success have appointments with the doctors every other day”.

It is a foregone conclusion that Success will not be invited for the upcoming World Cup qualifier against Algeria and the friendly with Argentina when manager Gernot Rohr announces his squad list in the next one week.

The 21-year-old has not featured for the Golden Boys in the Premier League this season.

 

 

Source: All Nigeria Soccer