Joe Hart, Jack Wilshere and Adam Lallana have all missed out on England selection for the 2018 FIFA World Cup after being omitted from manager Gareth Southgate's 23-man squad, which was announced Wednesday.
Liverpool's 19-year-old right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold has made the cut, though, along with 32-year-old Ashley Young, per England's official Twitter feed:
The Press Association's Simon Peach provided England's standby list for Russia 2018:
Uncapped Alexander-Arnold has enjoyed a breakout season in 2017-18, making 19 Premier League appearances under Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool, and nine in the UEFA Champions League.
It was widely expected that the experienced Hart would not be included after enduring a poor season with West Ham United, but Wilshere's omission is more controversial.
The Times' Henry Winter thinks the Arsenal midfielder can feel hard done by:
Henry Winter @henrywinter
Hard not to feel some sympathy for Wilshere at missing out. Loves playing for #eng, played well at times for #afc this season, brings creativity, passing and ideas to a wooden area of the England team, injuries the issue but played 38 times this season & could have played a part.
England have disappointed at the last two major tournaments.
They were knocked out of UEFA Euro 2016 by Iceland in the last 16 and crashed out in the group stage of the 2014 FIFA World Cup after picking up just one point.
Southgate has picked a varied and versatile squad, including the likes of Fabian Delph, Young, Eric Dier, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford, who can all operate in multiple positions.
The Three Lions' opening game in Group G in Russia is against Tunisia on June 18, followed by clashes with Panama (June 24) and Belgium (June 28).