England announce 23-man squad for World Cup 2018
Describing the team that he will be taking to Russia as "a squad with lots of energy", he said: “I believe this is a squad which we can be excited about".
He added: “It is a young group, but with some really important senior players so I feel the balance of the squad is good, both in terms of its experience, its character and also the positional balance."
The team members are as follows:
Goalkeepers: Jack Butland, Jordan Pickford, Nick Pope.
Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Gary Cahill, Fabian Delph, Phil Jones, Harry Maguire, Danny Rose, John Stones, Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker, Ashley Young.
Midfielders: Dele Alli, Eric Dier, Jordan Henderson, Jesse Lingard, Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
Forwards: Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Raheem Sterling, Jamie Vardy, Danny Welbeck.
Stand-by: Tom Heaton, James Tarkowski, Lewis Cook, Jake Livermore and Adam Lallana.
After the announcement, Southgate said that the selection process had taken place over a matter of months, rather than weeks, and praised the strength of the players selected to play at international level, saying: "We have a lot of energy and athleticism in the team, but players that are equally comfortable in possession of the ball and I think people can see the style of play we’ve been looking to develop."
Notable absentees from the side include England's go-to goalkeeper, Joe Hart - who has previously played in Euro 2012, the 2014 World Cup and Euro 2016 - and midfielder Jack Wilshere, whose career has been plagued by injury despite him being just 26-years-old.
However, it will be an exciting time for Liverpool full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold, who at 19-years-0ld is yet to earn his first cap on the England senior team. Manchester United player Ashley Young described the call-up as a "dream come true".
Former England international player Gary Lineker also weighed in on the debate, reminding fans that if anyone knows best, it's the manager.