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Everyone has their own opinion over how the final 23 should look, but the only one that matters is that of Gareth Southgate. Heres me trying to second guess the England manager:

And Liverpool teenager Trent Alexander-Arnold has also been called up, despite being uncapped at senior level.

Belgium:One of the favourites for the competition with a dazzling array of talent. England will be familiar with most of their key players: Thibuat Courtois, Vincent Kompany, Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen, Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku among others, all play in the Premier League.Englands toughest opponent by a distance.

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Ryan is also very unfortunate in that its probably one of the strongest positions we have. Ryan has had a decent season, but I just felt the others were ahead of him.

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Jamaica-born Bailey is one of the Bundesligas most exciting players, and there had been rumours he may qualify through his grandparents, two of whom have British passports.

Usingour unique squad selector toolover the last few months, our readers chose their preferred 23 England players to go to Russia. As it turns out, more than 50 per cent of you wanted 20 of Southgates 23 on the plane. The majority of you, however, did not pick Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Danny Welbeck or Fabian Delph.

There has been a fair bit of bemusement about Wilsheres omission (not least from this journalist), but the decisions to take Cahill and Alexander-Arnold will be widely supported, I reckon. Some experience and some youth: Southgate is pleasing everyone.

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Panama:One of the stories of the tournament, having qualified for the finals for the first time in dramatic fashion. England will be heavy favorites to swat them aside.

Tunisia:  Potentially tricky opposition who will look to frustrate England. Were unbeaten in qualifying and Sunderland winger Wahbi Khazri could be a danger man. Nevertheless, a team England should beat if they have aspirations to reach the latter stages.

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Should England progress from their group, their last-16 match will be on Monday July 2 (if they win the group) or Tuesday July 2 (if they finish runners-up in the group).

It is a young group, but with some really important senior players so I feel the balance of the squad is good, both in terms of its experience, its character and also the positional balance.

Weve also had a couple of injuries with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Joe Gomez, which is a huge blow for them personally and disappointing for us.

Will Ruben Loftus-Cheek sneak in? Will Danny Welbeck go to another major tournament? Is there any chance of a complete curveball in the shape of someone like Ryan Sessegnon or Ademola Lookman?

There is a core group of players who will definitely be in the squad, and after this mornings revelations, there are only a few spots still up for grabs.

We think the squad will be named around 2pm, so theres a little time to wait yet – and plenty of time to discuss Southgates options.

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The 23 players have just 449 caps between them – an average of 19.5, which isnt very many at all.

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England were eliminated in the group stages with just one point and two goals to show from their two games. They were beaten 2-1 by Italy in their opening game despite an encouraging performance, before Luis Suarezs goal confirmed their exit in the second match against Uruguay. A dead rubber against Costa Rica finished goalless.

I believe this is a squad which we can be excited about, said Southgate. We have a lot of energy and athleticism in the team, but players that are equally comfortable in possession of the ball and I think people can see the style of play weve been looking to develop.

Adam Lallana will probably make the cut, but he has only played 235 minutes of Premier League football all season, so you could understand why Southgate might have reservations. His recent run of injuries will also mean that, if he is named, the back-up midfielders will be on high alert.

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Defenders:Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Fabian Delph (Manchester City), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Harry Maguire (Leicester), Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur), John Stones (Manchester City), Kieran Trippier (Tottenham Hotspur), Kyle Walker (Manchester City), Ashley Young (Manchester United).

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Lallana has not started a Liverpool game since the beginning of March and Southgate has decided the 30-year-old cannot be risked.

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With Joe, weve got three other goalkeepers who have had very good seasons and the decision I was faced with was do I keep Joe in and have experience around the group? Or give the three guys who have basically had a better season a chance? We felt the players all needed to be in on merit after their performances this season.

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Gareth Southgate decided to leave Joe Hart and Jack Wilshereat home and has picked a squad heavily-loaded with defenders, reflective of his desire to play with three centre-backs and wing-backs. Trent-Alexander-Arnold could win his first England in Russia while the inclusion of Ruben Loftus-Cheek also speaks to Southgates bold approach.Harry Kane will captain the side.

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He has already let Wilshere, Hart and Bertrand know that they wont be going to Russia, which leaves two outfield spots free (presuming Nick Pope goes as third-choice goalkeeper).

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Goalkeeper Joe Hart, midfielder Jack Wilshere and left-back Ryan Bertrand have all been omittedand not placed on Southgates five-man standby list that includes Lallana, Tom Heaton, Jake Livermore James Tarkowski and Lewis Cook.

Midfielders:Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea).

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Standby:Lewis Cook (Bournemouth), Tom Heaton (Burnley), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), Jake Livermore (West Brom), James Tarkowski (Burnley).

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Forwards:Harry Kane (Tottenham), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Jamie Vardy (Leicester), Danny Welbeck (Arsenal).

Support for Ruben Loftus-Cheeks inclusion has gathered pace. Will he make the cut or will Southgate go left-field with his final midfielder?

Ryan and Joe have played a lot over the last two years so theyre not decisions we took lightly. I couldve had easier conversations by keeping them involved, said Southgate, whose goalkeepers are Jordan Pickford, Jack Butland and Nick Pope.

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Only five players in Southgates 23-man squad from the 23 picked by Hodgson for 2014: Cahill, Jones, Henderson, Welbeck, Sterling. As comparison, 12 from 2006 WC squad were picked in 2010

They also have just three tournament goals between the lot of them: Danny Welbeck at Euro 2012, and Jamie Vardy and Eric Dier at Euro 2016.

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Thisis how the England squad was announced before the list was published in full:

All of the guys on standby have been really professional in their approach to this. They recognise theres still an opportunity and weve had a lot of conversations over a period of time with them about their situation.

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Heres who will feature inEnglands World Cup squad:

If that 2pm estimate was correct for the squad announcement, then we will know Englands World Cup squad very, very soon indeed.

The first call up for Trent Alexander-Arnold is well deserved. When we pick young players, its not just because they are young, its because their performances deserve it.

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Plenty of options at centre-back, with Cahill, Jones, Maguire, Stones, Dier and Walker selected.

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The selection process has been over months really, its not just been the last few weeks, said Southgate. We feel the team are improving and we want to continue that momentum.

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When Gareth Southgate revealed his 23-man squad in May much of the focus landed on Adam Lallana, the big-name omission, who had to make do with the standby list.

Southgate tried to offer some consolation by saying: History tells us that one of those standby players may end up in the squad, as its very unusual for us to get through the end of the season and our two preparation games without any issues.

He is on Southgates list of standbys in case of injuries, but Lallana will be devastated not to be among the 23 players guaranteed a place on the plane.

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Fifa rules state that a player can only qualify to play for a country if their grandparents were born in that country which, as far as my research tells me, is not the case for Bailey, meaninghe would not qualify to play for England.

Both calls were really tough. Theyre both good guys and have contributed a lot throughout qualification, so it wasnt an enjoyable part of the job and I feel its important to acknowledge their contribution in getting us to Russia.

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While Premier League clubs are parting ways with managers all over the shop (well,hereandhere), buzz is building around the squad that England will take to Russia.

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There is a sudden surge of excitement on Twitter after Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey posted this picture. Take note of the Humble Lion caption.

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Englands 2018 squadwill play Belgium todayoff the back of a thumping win against Panama, to go with their narrow opening victory against Tunisia.

There is probably a centre-back spot that will be contested by Harry Maguire and Phil Jones. Cahills inclusion could suggest Southgate will go with experience in defence (favouring Jones), but having already picked Cahill he may want a younger player (favouring Maguire).

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