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:


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




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

Yeah, if you support another nation.#EnglandSquad

— Scott (@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


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


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