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Joe Hart yesterday became the first high-profile omission from England's national football team for the World Cup after manager Gareth Southgate opted against selecting the goalkeeper for the Finals in Russian Federation this June 14-July15.

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.

He was at the Premier League strugglers on a season-long loan from champions Manchester City.

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Ahead of the announcement of Gareth Southgate's 23-man World Cup squad tomorrow, it has emerged that a duo with 109 caps between them will not be on the plane.

The 26-year-old is undoubtedly talented, but has had among the worst luck with injuries among those in the English professional game.

Everton's Jordan Pickford remains the favourite to be England's No.1 in Russian Federation. His last appearance was in a 4-1 defeat at Arsenal on 22 April.

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The 31-year-old has been England's first choice goalkeeper for the last three major tournaments and has 75 worldwide caps. Delph's inclusion follows a season in which he has been successfully remodelled as a left-back at City by Pep Guardiola. I'd already seen what the best methods were.

The decision of course has surprised many football fans as the star was expected to be named together with Jack Butland and Jordan Pickford for the tournament since he was England's first choice throughout the qualification campaign.

There is some debate about the midfielders that Gareth Southgate should take with him to Russian Federation.

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