England manager Gareth Southgate has included two Liverpool players in his squad for the World Cup.
The international coach has selected Reds skipper Jordan Henderson along with young defender Trent Alexander-Arnold as part of his twenty-three man squad for the tournament in Russia.
And the former Aston Villa and Middlesbrough defender has said that the teenager deserves to be included after a fine season at Anfield, which will culminate in the Champions League final next week.
“The selection process has been over months really, it’s not just been the last few weeks. We feel the team are improving and we want to continue that momentum.” he said.
“The first call up for Trent Alexander-Arnold is well deserved. When we pick young players, it’s not just because they are young, it’s because their performances deserve it.” he added.
Southgate also mentioned the misfortune of Reds duo Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Joe Gomez, who both had every chance of also being included were it not for injuries.
“We’ve also had a couple of injuries with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Joe Gomez, which is a huge blow for them personally and disappointing for us.” he said.
Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana has been placed on standby for the squad after an injury plagued season.