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.

Southgate has opted to go with John Stones , Kyle Walker , Gary Cahill , Harry Maguire , Danny Rose , Phil Jones , and Ashley Young for his defensive options.

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.

Tottenham starlet Harry Kane will once again lead the England line with support from Jamie Vardy, Danny Welbeck and Marcus Rashford , at the expense of Bournemouth’s Jermain Defoe.

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.