Jack Wilshere out, Fabian Delph in – England boss Southgate whittles down World Cup squad

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere will not be included in the England squad that travels to Russia for this summer’s World Cup, according to countless reports this evening.

Russian showpiece

Following the finish of several of European football’s top leagues this past weekend, the attention of large sections of football fans the world over have now switched to international matters, with the World Cup set to begin in Russia in 30 days’ time.

In addition, the management teams of all 32 countries set to travel to Russia have begun whittling down the number of players whom they will depend on for international football’s biggest showpiece.

Imminent announcement

The likes of Sweden and Brazil have already announced their respective finalised squads for the tournament, with England’s 23-man panel set to be revealed tomorrow.

A report from the Times this morning revealed that the following 19 players were all but certain to be included in Gareth Southgate’s travelling Three Lions’ squad:

Goalkeepers: Jordan Pickford, Jack Butland, Joe Hart (since revealed that Hart is set to be shunned for Nick Pope)

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Defenders: Phil Jones, Harry Maguire, John Stones, Kyle Walker, Kieran Trippier, Ashley Young

Midfielders: Jordan Henderson, Eric Dier, Dele Alli, Raheem Sterling, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Jesse Lingard

Strikers: Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Jamie Vardy, Danny Welbeck

Missing out

This left 4 open spots to be filled, with the likes of Jack Wilshere, Fabian Delph, Jake Livermore, Ryan Bertrand, Danny Rose and Jonjo Shelvey still hopeful of inclusions.

But, as per several breaking reports across England this evening, Arsenal star Wilshere was informed by Gareth Southgate earlier today that he will not be part of the Three Lions’ contingent making the trip to Russia.

Manchester City’s Fabian Delph, on the other hand, will be included.

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