England manager Gareth Southgate is to name his 23 man squad for the World Cup in Russia on Wednesday, before they head for Russia on Tuesday June 12
The 47 year-old submitted his initial 35 man squad to FIFA on Monday morning from which 12 will be subtracted after the results of match reports and fitness assessments are to hand, leaving the 23 man Three Lions squad to be announced.
It is unlikely that the likes of Newcastle’s Jonjo Shelvey, Swansea’s Alfie Mawson, West Ham’s Andy Carroll and Chelsea’s on-loan striker Tammy Abraham will have impressed enough to make the cut. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Joe Gomez are out of the equation through injuries.
This will be Southgate’s first time in charge and the biggest headache will be over the goalkeeper with Southgate still unsure who his No.1 will be in Russia, after handing starts to Jordan Pickford, Joe Hart and Jack Butland in the last 12 months.
However The Sun reported on Monday that Hart was told during a face-to-face meeting with Southgate, that he will not be part of the decision following an unconvincing campaign with West Ham.
Hart who has 75 caps for his country is said to be to be “gutted” that he is not even being considered as a backup goalkeeper.
A close friend of Hart said: “He cannot believe he is not even going to be in the 23. The news was a real shock for Joe.”
Meanwhile with the domestic season over for the majority the national team boss has given his squad a week off before they many of them are due to report for duty at St George’s Park on Monday. With permission to head abroad for some final rest and relaxation,
Unlike the advice given to the squad under Roy Hodgson’s reign ahead of Euro 2016, where players were encouraged to stay at home and keep a low profile.