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Gareth Southgate targeting England team growth at World Cup

(Ah Fat Talk Ball) - Manager Gareth Southgate says he will measure the success of England's World Cup campaign in Russia by the development of younger players within his squad.

England's performance in recent major events has been underwhelming with the nation being knocked out of the 2014 World Cup in the group stage and the 2016 European Championships in the round of 16 after a shock defeat by Iceland.

Southgate will be eager to improve England's record but the 47-year-old says he is also focused on developing the young talent in his squad.

Southgate's emphasis on building a team for the future could lead to several Premier League veterans, including Joe Hart and Gary Cahill, being excluded from his provisional World Cup squad, which will be announced later on Wednesday.

England open their World Cup campaign against Tunisia on June 18.

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