Adam Lallana has been left devastated by his World Cup snub.
England boss Gareth Southgate made the heartbreaking call to stress his omission was because of concerns over his fitness rather than his ability.
But Lallana , who has endured an injury-ravaged season at Liverpool, had still pinned his hopes on going to Russia next month in the 23 man squad.
It has come as a desperate blow to Lallana who would normally be one of the first names on Southgate’s team sheet but for his lack of match sharpness because of a string of injuries which has restricted him to just three starts for Liverpool this season.
Mirror Sport revealed in March that Southgate was worried about Lallana’s fitness levels and the midfielder has had a hamstring problem since then and went to South Africa for specialist treatment to get back quicker.
But Lallana ran out of time and Southgate has made several calls to him in the past few weeks before eventually breaking the crushing news before naming the squad.
Lallana has at least been put on the standby list along with James Tarkowski, Tom Heaton, Lewis Cook and Jake Livermore who will be with the group in the build-up as they face Costa Rica and Nigeria before flying to Russia.
Southgate has told Lallana that he hopes being part of Liverpool’s squad for the Champions League final and then with England will improve his fitness levels.
Then if there is a withdrawal of any of the midfield or forward players then Lallana will be ready to take their place and it is understood the Liverpool midfielder, despite his disappointment, took it well and still respects Southgate.
Southgate said: “History tells us that one of those standby players may end up in the squad, as it’s very unusual for us to get through the end of the season and our two preparation games without any issues.
“All of the guys on standby have been really professional in their approach to this. They recognise there’s still an opportunity and we’ve had a lot of conversations over a period of time with them about their situation.”
Goalkeepers: Jack Butland (Stoke), Jordan Pickford (Everton), Nick Pope (Burnley).
Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Fabian Delph (Manchester City), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Harry Maguire (Leicester), Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur), John Stones (Manchester City), Kieran Trippier (Tottenham Hotspur), Kyle Walker (Manchester City), Ashley Young (Manchester United).
Midfielders: Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea).
Forwards: Harry Kane (Tottenham), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Jamie Vardy (Leicester), Danny Welbeck (Arsenal).
Standby: Lewis Cook (Bournemouth), Tom Heaton (Burnley), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), Jake Livermore (West Brom), James Tarkowski (Burnley).
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