The best jokes as Gareth Southgate announces England World Cup squad

Hart, Wilshere and Lallana notable absentees.

Joe Hart is not in England's World Cup squad
HOME: Hart (Image: Станислав Ведмидь/Stanislav Vedmid’/Stanisław Wiedmid’)

Gareth Southgate has announced his 23-man England squad for this summer’s World Cup in Russia.

With few surprises to speak of, the inclusion of youngsters Trent Alexander-Arnold and Reuben Loftus-Cheek were probably the main talking points.

In terms of exclusions, goalkeeper Joe Hart paid the price for his poor season, while Adam Lallana was also a casualty on account of his injury-hit campaign.

Jack Wilshere was another not to make it, making him the butt of several of these England World Cup squad jokes:

I hope this is a really elaborate way of announcing that Jack Wilshere isn't in the squad 🙏

— Elliot (@E_Clifford139) May 15, 2018

Joe Hart is NOT expected to be a part of England's 23-man World Cup squad.

Giving the other keepers a chance to perfect their 'dejected sitting on turf after demoralising exit' pose. pic.twitter.com/OUmhZaMrWb

— Coral (@Coral) May 15, 2018

pep guardiola’s greatest achievement this season is completely destroying joe hart’s career. for the greater good

— Arjan (@arjan____) May 15, 2018

At least there’s another manager that joe hart can be bitter about now

— DAN DAN DAN DAN DAN DAN DAN (@dankthemanc) May 15, 2018

"And then he said, 'But I've already filmed a new Head & Shoulders advert'" pic.twitter.com/X90sjuXpIe

— Jonny Sharples (@JonnyGabriel) May 15, 2018


— Matthew (@MathTHFC) May 15, 2018


Putting my neck on the line , but if @England get to the quarter finals with that squad, I will get the 23 man squad names tattooed on me. #EnglandSquad #WorldcupSquad

— Dan Welch (@welchyyyy) May 16, 2018

Gareth Southgate says that this is ‘a squad to be excited about’.

Yeah, if you support another nation.#EnglandSquad

— Scott Wiles (@Scott_W88) May 16, 2018

Trent Alexander-Arnold, the first England player to have a surname as first name and two first names as a surname. God bless him!

— Richard Coles (@RevRichardColes) May 16, 2018

More creativity in my year 7 art mock exam than there is in England’s midfield heading to Russia #embarrassment

— Harvey Marsh (@HarveeyMarshy) May 16, 2018

Leicester fans moaning about Albrighton being overlooked for the England team seem to forget that not even Gareth Bale can break into the team #EnglandSquad

— Dean Blakey-Tew (@Deanobt) May 16, 2018


— Dan Townley (@Dan_Townley) May 16, 2018

big day. put on my vintage england shirt. barely fits. gut hangin out. dont give a fuck. step in local with #EnglandSquad teamsheet in hand an reveal that i made the squad. whole local erupts in a carling caterclysm the likes of which ive never seen. proudest moment of my life pic.twitter.com/mseFmMaK7f

— barry stanton (@barrystanton61) May 16, 2018

Regardless of who gets picked we all know the drill if we're honest.
1-1 flaky draw with the Tunisians, hammer Panama, get slapped by Belgium. Go through in 2nd place. Get one of the big dogs in the last 16. Get outplayed and well beaten. Cry into my pint. #EnglandSquad

— Jack Wheatley (@jackswheatley) May 16, 2018

"Sterling squares it to Welbeck, he can win the World Cup for England here… WEEELLBEEECKK…." pic.twitter.com/hau7tDqEDl

— FutbolBible (@FutbolBible) May 16, 2018

Imagining what Twitter would have been like when the England squad was announced for Euro '96. pic.twitter.com/RFEp4skevr

— Jonny Sharples (@JonnyGabriel) May 16, 2018