England boss Gareth Southgate has justified some of his decisions after announcing the squad for this summer’s World Cup in Russia.

Gareth Southgate has justified his decision to leave those two players at home this summer.

“I believe this is a squad which we can be excited about,” he explained to the FA.

“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 we’ve been looking to develop.

“With Joe [Hart], we’ve 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?

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“We felt the players all needed to be in on merit after their performances this season.

“Ryan [Bertrand] is also very unfortunate in that it’s probably one of the strongest positions we have. Ryan has had a decent season but I just felt the others were ahead of him.”