The real reason why Southgate left Jack Wilshere out of England World Cup squad

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Gareth Southgate is set to omit a few huge names from his World Cup squad.

The 47-year-old has not yet named his 23-man squad for this summer, which he will do tomorrow lunchtime.

But word has already got out of two big name omissions: Joe Hart and Jack Wilshere.

Hart has had a poor season with West Ham as he was dropped number of times for back-up goalkeeper Adrian.

But given his experience between the sticks, it was believed he would still go to Russia as third choice.

Wilshere, too, was expected by many to make the plane.

But he too has failed to convince Southgate that he is worthy of a place, to the shock of many.


Football fans were left particularly furious by the fact that Wilshere's spot in the team has been taken by Fabian Delph.

Delph has been impressive when called upon this season at Manchester City, but he has largely played at left-back.

And it has now been revealed why Southgate has decided not to take Wilshere - and by the sounds of it - he's made the right call.

According to the Times, Southgate was left unimpressed by his fitness levels during training before England’s friendlies with Holland and Italy in March.


The report goes on to suggest that Wilshere struggled to keep pace with some of Southgate’s training sessions.

Southgate wants to play a high-energy pressing game in Russia and there were concerns he was simply not capable of doing that.

Wilshere, however, is believed to have taken the news quite well.

One would imagine he would be disappointed by the news, but the Times suggest he did not expect to make the squad anyway.

His exclusion from the squad has angered many.

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But if the report is to be believed, it is probably best he is left at home.

Wilshere's talent is unquestioned.

When he is fully fit, he is one of England's most influential players.

But there's no point taking someone who won't be able to perform at anywhere near their best.

It seems Southgate felt he simply could not rely on someone that has had such a hard time with injuries in recent years.

Gareth Southgate
England Football
Premier League
Jack Wilshere
Fabian Delph
Joe Hart
West Ham United
Manchester City

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