Hart, Wilshere Dropped As England Name 23-Man World Cup Squad

Posted May 17, 2018

England boss Gareth Southgate has named his 23-man squad for next month's World Cup this afternoon and there are a couple of surprises in there from the young manager.

Following early speculation, Joe Hart and Jack Wilshere will not be taking the flight to Russian Federation this summer.

Stalwart defender Gary Cahill was left out of the squad for the last set of global friendlies although the ex-Middlesbrough man has reneged on that decision and has opted to include him in the 23.

Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Kyle Walker, John Stones (Manchester City), Harry Maguire (Leicester), Kieran Trippier, Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur), Phil Jones, Ashley Young (Manchester United).

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Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek gets the nod ahead of the likes of Jack Wilshere and in-form Jonjo Shelvey.

Southgate has named five standby players for Russian Federation 2018: Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana, Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton, his club team-mate James Tarkowski, 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup-winning captain Lewis Cook and Jake Livermore of West Bromwich Albion. "When we pick young players, it's not just because they are young, it's because their performances deserve it", Southgate said.

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Injuries meant their Reds teammates Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Joe Gomez were unavailable for selection. Both have been on the periphery of the squad, with Delph not having appeared since 2015, but both have thrived in their left back positions for Manchester United and Manchester City.

"I could have had easier conversations by keeping them involved".

Burnley's Nick Pope joins Jordan Pickford of Everton and Stoke City's Jack Butland among Southgate's goalkeeping options.

"With Joe, we've got three other goalkeepers who have had very good seasons and the decision I was faced with was do I keep Joe in and have experience around the group?" The 19-year-old, despite his youth, has looked a natural at both Premier League and Champions League level, making it tough for former first choice right back Nathaniel Clyne to fight his way back into the team. "We feel the team are improving and we want to continue that momentum".

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Everton's Jordan Pickford, one of three keepers selected, is expected to start in goal in England's opening match against Tunisia on June 18.