Joe Hart & Wilshere dropped from England’s 23-man World Cup list while Cahill included
The Three Lions coach has opted to drop both Joe Hart and Jack Wilshere as he selects his 23-man squad that will travel to Russia this summer.
Gareth Southgate has announced his final 23-man England squad for the World Cup, with high-profile absentees including Jack Wilshere, Joe Hart and Ryan Bertrand.
Former first-choice goalkeeper Hart has been dropped from the squad following poor form at West Ham for Burnley’s Nick Pope , while Arsenal midfielder Wilshere has also been omitted from the side that will travel to Russia.
Southampton left-back Ryan Bertrand is a surprise exclusion from the defensive line, though Liverpool youngster Trent Alexander-Arnold has been handed his first senior England call-up after a sensational season following his hand in helping the Reds reach the Champions League final.
Seventeen-year-old Fulham starlet Ryan Sessegnon has not been selected for the squad despite a stunning season with the Championship side.
Jordan Henderson could take the armband as well as anchoring the midfield alongside Dele Alli , Eric Dier and Raheem Sterling . Adam Lallana passed a late fitness test and has been named in the team, while Jesse Lingard , Fabian Delph and Ashley Young will also form the heart of the Three Lions squad.
England’s World Cup 2018 squad in full
Goalkeepers: Butland, Pickford, Pope
Defenders: Walker, Trippier, Alexander-Arnold, Stones, Cahill, Jones, Maguire, Young, Rose
Midfielders: Dier, Delph, Henderson, Loftus-Cheek, Lingard, Alli, Sterling
Forwards: Kane, Rashford, Vardy, Welbeck
England will begin their Group G campaign against Tunisia on June 18, before fixtures against Panama on June 24 and Belgium on June 28.
Expectations aren’t high for the Three Lions although favourable Group H opponents in the last 16 – Colombia, Poland, Senegal or Japan – could offer a potential quarter-final berth, where Germany or Brazil would likely await.