"I believe this is a squad which we can be excited about", said England coach Gareth Southgate, who stuck to his footballing beliefs and didn't fall into the trap that some of his predecessors have of opting for established names over form players.
Alexander-Arnold was widely reported to be included in the latter, but few expected the as yet uncapped right-back to receive the nod for the finalised tournament squad.
Four of City's title-winning squad have made the England World Cup squad.
It will be a first experience of a major tournament for Lingard, while Young will be going to his first World Cup as reward for another consistent season with the Reds.
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Former England defender, and BBC analyst for Russian Federation 2018, Rio Ferdinand backed Lineker's call to bring Alexander-Arnold.
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Here is the full squad.
Despite this setback Lallana has recovered from injury and will likely feature from the bench in the Champions League final against Real Madrid in Kiev next week.
He is joined on the plane alongside recalled Gary Cahill whilst there are also places for Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope.
Phil Jones was selected alongside Cahill in defence, but there was no place for his United team-mate Chris Smalling. He is however named on the standby list. Back then the team virtually picked itself, everyone knew pretty much how it would line up and, having been preferred to strikers of the quality of Jermain Defoe and Darren Bent, Walcott failed to manage a minute on the pitch in the World Cup.
The Three Lions are playing two matches before flying to Russian Federation on June 12.
In goal, the big call was overlooking Hart, who his 75 caps but was farmed out on loan by Manchester City for the past two seasons.