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Marcus Rashford posted a truly heartwarming tweet after making World Cup squad

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England's final 23-man squad for the 2018 World Cup has been named.

Months of speculation finally came to an end when Gareth Southgate sat in front of the media on Wednesday and revealed his squad for the tournament in Russia. It's fair to say the England boss wasn't afraid to ruffle a few feathers, too.

Most notably, Southgate decided against the inclusions of Joe Hart and Jack Wilshere..

On the topic of goalkeepers, the England manager explained: “With Joe, we’ve got three other goalkeepers who have had very good seasons and the decision I was faced with was do I keep Joe in and have experience around the group? 

"Or give the three guys who have basically had a better season a chance?"

Southgate names his 23-man squad

Aside from the controversy, though, there was great reason to be excited about some of the more surprising inclusions in the World Cup squad.

There has been quite the impetus on picking players in form ahead of the tournament and Southgate has certainly stood by that philosophy. 

Trent Alexander-Arnold, despite not having a single England cap to his name, was given the call-up after a brilliant run of form with Liverpool.

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Rashford's beautiful tweet in reaction

And then there's Ruben Loftus-Cheek who has given Chelsea plenty to think about after making the World Cup squad after his loan spell with Crystal Palace.

Amongst all that, it's easy to forget about Marcus Rashford.

Considering the Manchester United starlet made his breakthrough over two years ago, fans would be mistaken for forgetting how big of a moment this is for the striker. 

In fact, you only have to look at his Twitter activity to see that very fact.

After being selected for the England squad he penned an emotional tweet featuring his mother and it's just downright beautiful. Check it out:

What a journey it's been for Rashford.

His breakthrough at Manchester United in 2016 was fairytale stuff and as was his goal-scoring debut for the Three Lions shortly after.

Since then, he's gone onto establish himself at Old Trafford and is now on the brink of turning out in football's biggest competition.

It goes to show that dreams really can come true.

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There's every reason to suggest Rashford will have a big role to play in Russia and he'll undoubtedly prove one of the most exciting attacking prospects at the competition.

Just for making the squad, though, you've got to applaud a thoroughly talented and tenacious young man and player. It's brilliant to see.

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Topics:
World Cup
Football
Trent Alexander-Arnold
Ruben Loftus-Cheek
Marcus Rashford
Jack Wilshere
Joe Hart
Manchester United
Liverpool

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