Fabian Delph Set To Go To The World Cup As Jack Wilshere Misses Out
Remember when Gareth Southgate said there would be no surprises in the England World Cup squad? Well the Three Lions boss clearly has a different definition of a surprise with Fabian Delph set to make the squad.
Southgate was talking not that long ago about the prospect of someone like Jonjo Shelvey getting into the 23 man squad for this summer's World Cup but he is set to take a bigger surprise in the form of Delph.
Shelvey's improvement over the season for Newcastle United had led many to call for his name to be included in the squad, especially with Alex Oxlade Chamberlain out through injury.
However it was expected that Arsenal's Jack Wilshere would be the beneficiary of the Liverpool midfielder's poor luck, ironic considering Wilshere's own injury plagued past, but now it looks like both men will miss out.
According to the Mirror Wilshere is set to miss out on going to the World Cup with Manchester City's Fabian Delph included in the 23 players that Southgate will take to Russia to face Tunisia, Panama and Belgium in the Group Stages.
26 year old Wilshere was part of the team that were embarrassingly beaten by Iceland in the second round of the Euros in France two years ago and was meant to be back in the squad for the friendlies against Netherlands and Italy in March.
Once again though the former Bournemouth loanee had to pull out through injury and it's fair to assume Southgate wouldn't have trusted his fitness, leading to a phone call this morning to confirm to the player he would be missing out.
Delph definitely falls into the category of players we'd forgotten played for England:
Delph hasn't been in an England squad since November 2015 when he earnt his ninth cap against Spain. He has played most of this season as a left-back for Pep Guardiola's side.
The report also says that Danny Rose and Ashley Young will be called up as the left-backs in the squad but with Delph's versatility and Young's ability to play on the right it may also see Trent Alexander-Arnold miss out, as well as Ryan Bertrand.
Someone needs to get Gareth Southgate a dictionary because Fabian Delph is definitely a surprise!