Fifa World Cup 2018: Pride in Three Lions' World Cup call for local heroes

Our region will be well represented at Russia this summer after Gareth Southgate included six players from South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire in his England World Cup squad.

Wednesday, 16th May 2018, 6:09 pm
Updated Wednesday, 16th May 2018, 6:16 pm
Jamie Vardy has been included in England's World Cup squad

Sheffield trio Harry Maguire, Kyle Walker and Jamie Vardy are joined by John Stones from Barnsley, Dronfield-born Gary Cahill and Danny Rose from Doncaster.

There was a huge expression of pride in the Three Lions’ call-up.

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Vardy tweeted: “What an honour! No words to describe the feeling right now. Can’t wait to get going! See you in Russia.”

Walker added: “Honoured to be able to represent England at the 2018 World Cup! Can’t wait to get there and do the fans proud!”

Maguire, meanwhile, posted a picture of himself with some friends watching his country at Euro 2016 in France, along with the message: “2 years ago watching England in France with my mates. Now on the plane to Russia. How things have changed. #AlwaysBelieve.”

England manager Southgate said: "I believe this is a squad which we can be excited about.

Harry Maguire talking to England boss Gareth Southgate

"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.

"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.

"The selection process has been over months really, it's not just been the last few weeks. We feel the team are improving and we want to continue that momentum."