“We know they lack big-match experience, but we think this is the best group available,” Southgate said.
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England's youthful World Cup squad is not the result of a policy to pick young players but simply a question of choosing the best talent in the best form, manager Gareth Southgate said Thursday.Southgate, the former England Under-21 coach, was also quick to dismiss talk of Russia 2018 being used as a chance for his young squad to gain experience as he explained the thinking behind his decisions.England's inexperience is most apparent in the goalkeeper position where the three players chosen – Jordan Pickford, Jack Butland and Nick Pope – have just nine caps between them.Alexander-Arnold has impressed during Liverpool's run to the Champions League final where they will face Real Madrid in Kiev on May 26 .
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