Sunderland lads among 23 named for England World Cup Squad

Written by on 16th May 2018

England manager Gareth Southgate has named his 23-man squad for the FIFA World Cup in Russia, including Jordan Henderson and Jordan Pickford from Sunderland. 

Current Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson is part of the squad for the tournament having already captained the national side in the past. 

Henderson, who attended Farringdon Community Sports College, previously played for the Sunderland first team after joining his hometown club’s youth level aged 8.

Meanwhile Washington-born Jordan Pickford, who now plays for Everton in the Premier League, is among the goal keeping options for England this summer. 

Pickford rose to prominence at the Stadium of Light during his later years after first joining Sunderland’s Academy from the age of eight. 

Both players mackem roots were recognised in a rather unique video posted by the official England Twitter account which announced the full 23 man squad. 

Skip to 0:50 and 1:10 for Henderson and Pickford’s name drops

Pickford stands a chance at being England’s number 1 goalkeeper for the tournament after Joe Hart wasn’t included in Southgate’s announcement. 

Hart not being included means he’s joined Southampton’s Ryan Bertrand and Arensal’s Jack Wiltshire as surprise names not to be part of the team heading over to Russia. 

England boss Gareth Southgate is feeling positive ahead of the tournament.

“I believe this is a squad which we can be excited about. It is a young group, but with some really important senior players so I feel the balance of the squad is good, both in terms of its experience, its character and also the positional balance.”

England start their World Cup campaign against Tunisia on the 18th June, before games against Panama and Belgium.

The Three Lions will play Nigeria and Costa Rica in friendlies before leaving for Russia.

Featured image from PA Wire/Press Association

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