Joe Hart to be left out of England's World Cup squad

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He is set to confirm his 23-man England squad on Wednesday afternoon, with sources telling ESPN FC that he will omit West Ham goalkeeper Joe Hart and include in-form Burnley No. 1 Nick Pope.

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is not expected to be on the plane to Russian Federation, with Manchester City midfielder Fabian Delph taking his place in England's World Cup squad.

However, Southgate has decided not to pick Wilshere, who last played for the Three Lions in their embarrassing defeat to Iceland at Euro 2016.

However, Wilshere has started just 12 Premier League games this season at Arsenal and was not named in Arsene Wenger final two matches with of the campaign due to the birth of his child. Hart now has 75 caps for his country, the third most in England's history.

Hart, who has won 75 caps for England and spent the season on loan at West Ham, was told he would not be travelling to his fifth major tournament.

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RIO FERDINAND believes it is the right decision for Gareth Southgate to overlook vastly experienced former team-mate Joe Hart for England's World Cup squad.

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

Meanwhile, Fabian Delph, Ashley Young, Phil Jones and Harry Maguire are expected to make the cut. Delph's inclusion follows a season in which he has been successfully remodelled as a left-back at City by Pep Guardiola.

Everton's Jordan Pickford and Stoke City's Jack Butland are likely to contend for the coveted number one shirt.

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