Gareth Southgate to name five standby players in addition to 23-man England World Cup squad

England manager Gareth Southgate is planning to name up to five players on standby, in addition to his 23-man World Cup squad, Sky Sports News understands.

The England squad is expected to be announced on Wednesday afternoon, which you can watch live on Sky Sports News from 1pm.

The five stand-by players are expected to be asked by Southgate to delay their holidays and potentially train with the England main squad at St George’s Park, in case they need to be called up to replace future injuries.

England’s players will join up for the first time on Monday. However, Manchester United and Chelsea players named in the 23 will be given extra time off to recover after this Saturday’s Cup Final.

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Meanwhile, any Liverpool players in the squad will join up even later, as they rest after the Champions League final.

Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana and even Trent Alexander-Arnold, if called up, are unlikely to train with England until Monday, June 4.

In their absence, Southgate wants to ensure he still has full numbers for meaningful training sessions.

But there are question marks over whether the likes of Joe Hart and Jack Wilshere, who are dealing with the disappointment of not making the main 23, will be happy to train for up to two weeks with the squad, knowing they will not be going to Russia unless there is an injury.