Jack Wilshere, Joe Hart and Gary Cahill face England World Cup blow – reports
Gareth Southgate is preparing to reveal his hand for Russia 2018.
Jack Wilshere and Gary Cahill have joined goalkeeper Joe Hart in being left out of England’s World Cup squad, according to reports.
Manager Gareth Southgate will name his 23-man squad for the summer tournament on Wednesday and looks set to omit the three high-profile figures.
The satisfaction of those selected will contrast with the disappointment of those missing out on Russia 2018, with the experienced Hart expected to miss the cut.
Widespread reports emerged on Tuesday evening that Arsenal midfielder Wilshere has also been told he will not be travelling, with the same applying for Chelsea defender Cahill according to the Guardian.
Wilshere has not played for his country since the Euro 2016 exit to Iceland but was in line to start against Holland in March before injury put his World Cup hopes in jeopardy.
Manchester City’s versatile Fabian Delph is said to have been included by Southgate, with Burnley centre-back James Tarkowski part of the group on standby.
Southgate is reported to have called 75-cap goalkeeper Hart on Monday evening to tell him he would not be in the squad.
Uncapped Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope could get the nod to make the trip alongside Jordan Pickford and Jack Butland.
The trio boast just nine caps between them, yet former England defender Rio Ferdinand believes Southgate would be right to leave Hart at home.
“In my eyes it’s the right decision,” former England defender Ferdinand told Press Association Sport at the BBC’s launch of its World Cup coverage.
“What is Joe Hart going to learn from going to this World Cup? He has been to a World Cup before, he has played tournament football before.
“What is Gareth Southgate going to learn about him? Whereas a young kid…
“I went to the World Cup in ‘98, didn’t play one minute of football, but it was a great learning curve for me.
“When I went to the next World Cup and played in 2002, I didn’t have anything I needed to learn, I wasn’t apprehensive about things. I’d already seen what the best methods were.
“Taking a young kid to go there and experience that I think is a much better way to go.”
Uncapped Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold’s promising campaign has put him in with a shout, and Southgate may consider the likes of Chris Smalling and Michael Keane to bolster his centre-back options.
In midfield, Newcastle’s Jonjo Shelvey has performed well recently but last donned the Three Lions in November 2015. Adam Lallana, England’s player of the year in 2016, is a fitness doubt, although Ruben Loftus-Cheek is an exciting option.
The squad will be drawn from the privately submitted long list of 35 handed to FIFA. Although the world governing body does not need it whittled down until June 4, Southgate will name 23 players to strip unnecessary anxiety and pressure from preparations.
Most players will meet up on Monday as World Cup preparations get under way, although Manchester United and Chelsea players will be given an extended break after the FA Cup final.
Liverpool’s players will get similar respite after the Champions League final against Real Madrid.
England have warm-up friendlies against Nigeria at Wembley on June 2 and Costa Rica in Leeds on June 7, ahead of the Group G opener against Tunisia on June 18.