Why Gareth Southgate Axed Jack Wilshere From England World Cup Squad

Jack Wilshere won't be part of England's travelling party to Russia for the 2018 World Cup.

Gareth Southgate has named his England squad, with the manager leaving behind Wilshere in favour of Manchester City's Fabian Delph, among others.

The Arsenal midfielder featured in 38 games this season, playing 20 Premier League matches.

But despite a productive campaign, Southgate has snubbed him in his squad.

And, per The Times, it's suggested that Southgate remains concerned about Wilshere's fitness levels.

He wasn't impressed with his conditioning before England's friendly fixtures against the Netherlands and Italy in March.

Wilshere in action for England. Image: PA
Wilshere in action for England. Image: PA

Jack Wilshere against Iceland. Image: PA
Jack Wilshere against Iceland. Image: PA

Wilshere made the squad against the Netherlands but returned to his club prior to the Italy game due to a minor ankle injury.

What's more, it's claimed that the 26-year-old has been unable to keep up during Southgate's England training drills.

Wilshere during media day at St. George's Park. Image: PA
Wilshere during media day at St. George's Park. Image: PA

Southgate has also reportedly contacted Wilshere who took the news well.

With no summer international duty on the horizon, he'll be hoping to resolve his contract situation at the Emirates.

His contract is approaching an expiration with the club continuing to hold talks about his future.

He also remains heavily linked with a move away from North London.

Wilshere cuts a dejected figure during the Europa League semi-final. Image: PA
Wilshere cuts a dejected figure during the Europa League semi-final. Image: PA

As well as Wilshere, Southgate has also reportedly dropped West Ham United's Joe Hart.

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Nasir Jabbar

Nasir Jabbar is a journalist at SPORTbible. He graduated from Bath Spa University with a BA in Media Communications. He's a combat sport aficionado, and has contributed to MMA websites AddictedMMA and CagePotato. Nasir has covered some of the biggest fights, while interviewing the likes of Conor McGregor, Michael Bisping and Anthony Joshua. He's also an avid Bristol City fan.

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