England’s Jordan Henderson and goalkeeper Jordan Pickford sing the National Anthem during the international friendly match at the Amsterdam ArenA

A quartet of former Sunderland players were yesterday selected by Gareth Southgate for England’s World Cup campaign in Russia next month.

Academy graduates Jordan Pickford and Jordan Henderson were joined in the squad by Danny Welbeck and Danny Rose who represented the Black Cats while on loan from Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur respectively.

Pickford, who left Sunderland last summer following the club’s relegation to the Championship, has been an ever present for Everton this season and is expected to be England’s first choice keeper when they line up against Tunisia on June 18.

Liverpool captain Henderson left Sunderland in the summer of 2011 and has enjoyed a fantastic season with the Reds, leading the club to the Champions League final and seems certain to start at the heart of England’s midfield in Russia.

If Pickford and Henderson were shoo-ins for the squad Rose and Welbeck’s places were far less secure.

Rose, who enjoyed a fruitful loan spell with the Black Cats during the 2012-13 season, has been Southgate’s first choice left-back for the majority of his spell as manager. However he fell behind Ben Davies in the pecking order at Tottenham this season and was restricted to just nine Premier League starts this season.

Nevertheless Southgate has shown faith in the 27-year-old and he is expected to compete with Ashley Young for a starting berth in the left wing-back position when the tournament begins.

Welbeck’s selection was one that raised several eyebrows, however the Arsenal forward has just had his most productive season for the Gunners and has an impressive scoring record for the Three Lions, going into the tournament as the squad’s leading scorer in an England shirt.

The 27-year-old, who spent the 2010-11 season on Wearside, will be hoping to add to his 15 goals for England and his versatility makes him a useful option within the squad.

The other surprises in Southgate’s squad were a first senior call up for teenage Liverpool full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold while Chelsea defender Gary Cahill was recalled having lost his place in the squad for the friendlies against Holland and Italy in March.

Notable omissions from the squad included Joe Hart and Jack Wilshere who were both part of the squads for the 2014 World Cup and 2016 European Championships. Liverpool’s Adam Lallana was also omitted having missed a lot of football through injury this year.

Lallana was placed on the stand by list for the tournament alongside Bournemouth’s Lewis Cook, Burnley duo James Tarkowski and Tom Heaton and West Bromwich Albion’s Jake Livermore.