Southgate 'desperate' to take England to Russia World Cup despite tensions

James Tarkowski Nick Pope Alfie Mawson and Lewis Cook have all enjoyed impressive Premier League campaigns

Southgate said he was pleased Wilshere was fit again and appearing regularly for Arsenal.

England manager Gareth Southgate has called up four newcomers for their upcoming friendlies with Holland and Italy.

Unless he is there to organise transport, Jake Livermore is surprisingly included, and Southgate has clearly overlooked the midfielder's role in the West Bromwich Albion taxi scandal.

A big omission for Southgate will be the absence of star striker Harry Kane who will be out for at least a month with an ankle injuryfollowing the win over Bournemouth and has been replaced in attack by Arsenal's Danny Welbeck.

Along with Phil Jones, Kane is arguably the only... "They're the things we're focused on really", he said.

"You work hard all your life, all your career, five/six years ago you're down in League 1 and you don't expect to get to this level of the game, so to get that call up was a very pleasing moment for me, my family and friends".

Now that we have a clearer picture of who might be pulling on a Three Lions' shirt in Russian Federation (assuming World War 3 hasn't kicked off in the mean time), we can finally start getting excited about our boys' inevitable march to glory.

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Jack Wilshere is set to return to worldwide football for the first time in 18 months while Gary Cahill has been axed following his drop in form.

And Southgate earmarked Wilshere as a player that can be crucial to the kind of football he wants the Three Lions to play.

Cook lifted the Under-20 World Cup previous year and was rewarded by being called up into the senior squad for the first time in November for a friendly against Brazil at Wembley Stadium.

Harry's only been able to play for us in six of the 14 matches we've had, so that will now be six in 16 and he has scored seven goals in those games, so you get an idea of the impact he can have for us.

The England boss said: "What became apparent before I had the chance to speak with him in particular, I was going to Manchester United anyway, he had made his mind up that Scotland were keen for him to play for them and he feels Scottish".

These two teams are football nations that we hugely respect, they both have new coaches so they will have a point to prove and have an impact on the teams.

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