Jurgen Klopp plays joke on Trent Alexander-Arnold over World Cup place

Gary Cahill

GETTY Gary Cahill was not expecting to be included in the squad

England coach Gareth Southgate on Wednesday unveiled the final list of 23 players for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation, with the presence of Trent Alexander-Arnold and playmaker Ruben Loftus-Cheek and the absence of Joe Hart and Jack Wilshere.

"I feel the balance of the squad is good, both in terms of its experience, its character and also the positional balance", he added. The manager came and spoke to me just as we were getting on the plane.

"He asked me if I knew anything about the squad or anything yet".

Klopp, who handed Alexander-Arnold his Liverpool debut in 2016, was equally proud of the teenager and says the call-up was a great way to top off a special season.

'It is nice, a nice story, ' Klopp said.

Alexander-Arnold, uncapped by England's senior side, was a surprise inclusion in Gareth Southgate's group for the forthcoming tournament in Russian Federation.

"(England manager) Gareth Southgate gave me a call this morning (Wednesday) and told me that I am allowed to tell him".

Gareth Southgate
GETTY Gareth Southgate is'excited by his England selections

"So, in the bus to the plane, I saw Trent for the first time".

"I had the honour of telling him and it was nice to see the reaction in his eyes".

'It's just a wonderful little piece more which makes this season special, even before the last game (against Madrid)'.

And after his fine year was capped with an global call-up, the defender paid tribute to all those who have helped him on his journey.

"I believe this is a squad which we can be excited about, Southgate said on the English Football Association's website".

'It wouldn't have happened if it wasn't for (my team-mates) so I have to thank them, the manager and everyone else who has supported me along the way.

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