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How England’s World Cup squad winners and losers reacted to the announcement

23 players were left delighted after a phone call from Gareth Southgate confirmed their place in the Three Lions' squad for Russia

This is definitely a squad capable of the winning the World Cup, right? Anyone? No, okay.

Waiting for *that* phone call must be an exciting and nerve-wracking experience for all players in with a chance of making England’s World Cup squad, sort of like the adult equivalent of Christmas Eve.

Only instead of Santa leaving presents under your tree, it’s a monotone bloke called Gareth, who “mostly” drinks water, chatting to you on his Motorola flip phone.

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‘When you spot a 10/10 in the club’

‘When you spot a 10/10 in the club’

Here are some of the best social media reactions to the announcement…

Dele Alli


Jesse Lingard

Trent Alexander-Arnold 

The absolute feels in this post.

Not many will argue against Alexander-Arnold’s inclusion in the Three Lions squad and his post to celebrate just warms your heart.

Ashley Young

Young will be going to his first World Cup at the ripe old age of 32.

He proves his age with that old school England kit he’s wearing in the photo.

Can someone cut that grass please.

Marcus Rashford

This is a nice touch from the Man United man.

Clearly his Mum was the unlucky one who had to deal with many a wet and cold Sunday League morning standing in dogs**t.

It was all worth it in the end.

Harry Maguire and Kyle Walker

Sheffield United are rightly proud that two of their academy graduates have made a World Cup squad.

They have however inadvertently stitched up both Walker and Maguire.

The Leicester centre-back was not having one of his best days when that photo was taken.

City’s right-back also put up this screenshot after his place in the squad was confirmed.

Why has he got his Bluetooth on? Don’t you know that drains the battery, Kyle?

Nick Pope

Another stitch up job from a former club.

It’s good to know that Pope had the generic Year 8 barnet too, just like the rest of us.

Jack Butland 

Sticking with the goalkeeper theme, Butland toasted his call up with this classy post.

He can’t be any worse than Joe Hart, so we might as well back him.

Some players took the news better than others

Jack Wilshere

Fair play though, he’s not thrown his toys out the pram like Harry Kane does when you make a joke.

Newcastle didn’t take the omissions of Jonjo Shelvey and Jamaal Lascelles too well

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I can’t wait to see all the apologetic posts from the players after we get knocked out of the group following draws to Panama and Tunisia.

Come on England!


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From Russia with a whole lot of love.