England World Cup squad announced

James Maddison, Ben White and Callum Wilson were the standout inclusions as Gareth Southgate named his 26-man England squad for the World Cup.

Southgate announced his squad today at St George’s Park as the Three Lions prepare for their first group clash against Iran a week on Monday.

Maddison has just one England cap to his name and has largely been overlooked by Southgate but his form for Leicester City this season has seen him included in the squad, which is bound to please supporters.

The playmaker’s ability has never been in question but Southgate has suggested in the past that off-field events have prevented Maddison from earning a call-up.

Goalkeepers: Jordan Pickford (Everton) Nick Pope (Newcastle), Aaron Ramsdale (Arsenal).

Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Conor Coady (on loan at Everton from Wolves), Eric Dier (Tottenham), Harry Maguire (Manchester United), Luke Shaw (Manchester United), John Stones (Manchester City), Kieran Trippier (Newcastle), Kyle Walker (Manchester City), Ben White (Arsenal).

Midfielders: Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund), Mason Mount (Chelsea), Kalvin Phillips (Manchester City), Declan Rice (West Ham), James Maddison (Leicester City), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Conor Gallagher (Chelsea).

Forwards: Marcus Rashford (Man United), Phil Foden (Manchester City), Jack Grealish (Manchester City), Harry Kane (Tottenham), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), Raheem Sterling (Chelsea), Callum Wilson (Newcastle).