England picks Alexander-Arnold, omits Hart for World Cup

Published 9:18 a.m. ET May 16, 2018 | Updated 9:29 a.m. ET May 16, 2018

LONDON (AP) — England omitted Joe Hart and Jack Wilshere from its World Cup squad on Wednesday and called up Trent Alexander-Arnold to cap a remarkable breakthrough season for the 19-year-old right back.

England coach Gareth Southgate stuck to his principles and selected a young, energetic and flexible group of 23 players who can fit a variety of formations but will be short of experience at major tournaments.

Hart was England’s first-choice goalkeeper at the last World Cup and the two most recent European Championships, and was Southgate’s No. 1 only five months ago.

However, he has fallen behind Jordan Pickford, Jack Butland and Nick Pope after making errors and losing his place during a loan spell at West Ham from Manchester City.

“We’ve got three other goalkeepers who have had very good seasons and the decision I…

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