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Summary

  1. Southgate news conference at 11:00 BST
  2. Who will replace Allardyce at Everton?
  3. West Ham interested in Benitez

Live Reporting

By Greg O'Keeffe and Matthew Henry

All times stated are UK

  1. Post update

    Gareth Southgate

    Right then. What a busy morning that was. We're off for a breather. Thanks very much for reading and getting involved in our debate.

    You can read more on Gareth Southgate's news conference here. He says his young squad is not a gamble.

    Earlier we told you Gianluigi Buffon announced he will play his final game for Juventus this weekend. Read more on that here.

    Elsewhere, it has been announced former Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri will leave French club Nantes at the end of the season. Read more here.

  2. Southgate pays tribute to Wilson & Samuel

    Gareth Southgate started the news conference by paying tribute to England World Cup winner Ray Wilson and former Aston Villa defender Jlloyd Samuel.

    "Before I start I'd like to pay tribute to Ray Wilson and his family because it's at the forefront of my mind and to Jlloyd Samuel - he was a young player at Villa and I was his captain," he said.

    "They're both tragic events."

  3. Post update

    Southgate admitted his squad does not have the experience of other rivals including Germany, Spain and Brazil and said he was in a "unique situation" in having to pick from a small pool of players.

    However he said the squad were are "starting to make a connection back with the fans and rebuild confidence in the team".

    Watch below.

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    Video caption: We are picking young players because we believe they are the best - Southgate
  4. Southgate on Sancho and Sessegnon

    Southgate chose against selecting teenagers Jadon Sancho of Borussia Dortmund and Ryan Sessegnon of Fulham.

    He explained that decision and also discussed the inclusion of Trent Alexander-Arnold and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, two players who have featured heavily in England age-group sides.

    "There are hurdles to overcome for a young player to be in the squad; for Trent (Alexander-Arnold) and Ruben (Loftus-Cheek) they've overcome those steps - playing regularly for their clubs in big games and have been in our squad," Southgate said.

    "But for the other guys I don't think at the moment they're better than who we've got but that could happen in the next six, 12 or 18 months."

    Jadon Sancho
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    Tom Lockton: Can we stop talking about experience for a bit? Yes we don’t have much of it, but how else are you supposed to gain it? Let’s look at how inexperienced Liverpool players are in the champions league this season. They seem to be doing alright.

  6. Leaving players out 'one of biggest challenges'

    Gareth Southgate

    Southgate said leaving players out of the World Cup is one of the "biggest challenges" for any manager.

    "It's never a pleasant process to deliver bad news to anyone," he said.

    "Naming a team and leaving players out is on of the biggest challenges for any manager. I've been a player and I know how it felt.

    "When I look back it mattered that the manager had the decency to speak to me in the most respectful way possible.

    "I'm looking forward to the summer. It's a great honour to have been one of the very few people to do it as a player and one of few to do it as a manager."

  7. Post update

    On the make-up of his squad, Southgate said: "Normally you take two players in every position and we've gone with a defender less to take an extra forward which we think is important.

    "We can adapt the possibilities of all of the forward thinking players depending on circumstances."

    England
  8. Southgate on Guardiola's impact

    Pep Guardiola

    Southgate was also complimentary of Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola after the Spaniard led his club to a record-breaking Premier League season.

    "He's in danger of having an impact on English football," he joked.

    "I felt he already had that at Barcelona because when the Champions League was on terrestrial football and most people watched it, dads and parents who coach junior football watched and that impact was enormous on football people.

    "When I watch kids football now, when they can get on pitches that aren't flooded or frozen. I see them playing from the back and that;s been an impact of his team with (Andres) Iniesta and Xavi.

    "Along with us playing on smaller pitches that has had an impact and now he's having an impact on the Premier League and the top level here."

  9. Post update

    Southgate's news conference has now ended but don't go anywhere we still have plenty more quotes to bring you.

    The England manager explained how he told Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp to tell teenager Trent Alexander-Arnold he had been called-up for the first time.

    "I said 'you can give the news, I can give the horrible phone calls'", Southgate said.

    Trent Alexander-Arnold
  10. 'We can think about captains on Sunday'

    Gareth Southgate is still yet to name an England captain for the World Cup with Jordan Henderson, Harry Kane and Eric Dier three of the players who have filled in the role.

    "We've been through a process of developing leaders in the group, more voices in meetings and not feel it's the captain who is the only one who can make decisions and speak first," Southgate said.

    "When we get together we'll speak about that in more detail.

    "When we've been more successful like in '96 we had six or seven captain in the team.

    "We get together on Sunday and can think about it then."

  11. 'Normally Lallana wouldn't be near squad'

    Adam Lallana was placed on England's standby list for the squad despite only playing 14 games this season due to injury.

    Southgate said normally a player who has played the amount of football Lallana has this season “wouldn’t be near” the squad but is “a player and a person we have a hell of a lot of time for".

    "Maybe if we give him 10 days and who knows what happens," Southgate added.

    "He might have a big impact in the Champions League final and we have an issue (an injury). The reality of the conversations have had with him is that to find performances on the back of the limited minutes will be really difficult."

    Adam Lallana
  12. Watch Southgate on Hart

    We brought you Gareth Southgate's quotes on Joe Hart's omission from the squad and now you can watch for yourself.

    See what he had to say on the goalkeeper below.

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    Video caption: 'There's no reason it has to be the end for Hart' - Southgate
  13. Southgate on expectations

    More from Gareth Southgate:

    "I don't think when you're involved with England you can ever write any tournament off.

    "That wouldn't be acceptable. We know that teams who win them tend to be more experienced. That's what Germany and Spain have done over the years.

    "With this group we don't really know. We have faith in them and know they lack big match experience but can be very exciting now and even more in the future.

    "But I don't want to limit them: they're young and hungry and want to have a go. We will embrace the tournament."

  14. 'Discipline not a factor against Shelvey'

    Newcastle midfielder Jonjo Shelvey is another player who has been left out of the England World Cup squad.

    This is what Southgate said on the issue:

    "We've watched a lot of games this year myself and Steve Holland. We know all of the English players in the league; their strengths and weaknesses and the players we've picked are ahead of the ones we haven't.

    "In terms of temperament: we assess someone on the way they fit into the way we want to play. Some of our finest players: Gerrard, and others who were not out like Vieira and Keane have more red cards than most so we can't just pick players who don't get booked.

    "It's not the primary factor for us. It's how their style of play fits, do they have the attributes to play in our system."

  15. Post update

    England manager Gareth Southgate says he is in a "unique situation" in picking a squad from such a limited pool of English players in the Premier League.

    "Maybe it is brave to take players without the number of caps but we have to give these guys belief," he says.

    "We know we have not got the number of caps of Germany, Spain or Brazil but that’s where we are at.

    "We pick from 33% of the league which is quite a unique situation but there is excitement with where we are going.

    "We are starting to make a connection back with the fans and rebuild confidence in the team."

  16. Post update

    More from Gareth Southgate:

    "They (Jack Butland, Nick Pope and Jordan Pickford) are the best three English goalkeepers in the league. We are not picking young inexperienced players because they are young or to buy time.

    "We are picking young players because we believe they are the best in their positions. The goalkeepers have been the best three in the Premier League."

  17. Post update

    More from Southgate on the omission of Jack Wilshere from his squad: "Jack Wilshere has of course been in our thoughts. We selected him in March but he hasn't played a game for us.

    "We've been pleased with the players who played in November and March. The only midfielder we added is Fabian Delph who had a fantastic season with the champions.

    "Jack had a good spell but was maybe not as effective towards the end of the season. We're very open minded in terms of what we want."

  18. Post update

    On Hart, Southgate said: "Absolutely Joe (Hart) could play again. I pick payers on form. There's no reason it has to be the end. He has an important career decision this summer and we hope he can be back at his best."

  19. Post update

    Jack Wilshere was also left out of Southgate's World Cup squad.

    On the Arsenal midfielder, Southgate said: "Jack had good spell in the lead up to Christmas and just after, not as effective towards the end of the season. We think other guys deserve their place in the squad."

  20. Not the end for Hart - Southgate

    Southgate says Joe Hart and Ryan Bertrand took his decision not to include them in his World Cup squad "very professionally".

    He says there is "no reason" this has to be the end for Hart.