Jeff Stelling's England World Cup squad - one big shock

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No room for Arsenal star while Manchester City, Norwich City, Manchester United, Everton, Chelsea, Liverpool, Southampton, Tottenham Hotspur feature.

Jack Wilshere's sub-par form this season, compared to previous campaigns, could be costly when it comes to the announcing of Roy Hodgson's eventual 23-man squad for this summer's marquee football tournament - the FIFA World Cup, in Brazil.

Hodgson is due to announce an announcement of 23 players, plus seven on standby, at 14:00 today, ahead of a Wembley Stadium match-up against Peru on May 30 and the final deadline for squad players on June 2.

If renowned Sky Sports pundit Jeff Stelling was England boss, though, there would be no room for Wilshere, particularly when there are other players who have been excelling in similar positions this season.

At goalkeeper, Stelling pondered the merits of Rob Green, but believes Norwich City glovesman John Ruddy deserves the third place spot, behind secondary shot-stopper Ben Foster and number one Joe Hart.

In defence, Stelling said: "I wouldn't take [Kyle Walker] with me because I don't think he's a good enough defender, whereas, Glen Johnson is the best right-back in the country and must go."

Joining Johnson in Stelling's selection is Chris Smalling, Gary Cahill, Phil Jones, Phil Jagielka, Luke Shaw and Leighton Baines.

Stelling named nine midfielders - Jordan Henderson, Gareth Barry, James Milner, Steven Gerrard, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ross Barkley, Adam Lallana, Aaron Lennon and Raheem Sterling.

He talked up the "excitement" that would be generated by Barkley and Sterling, how "fabulous" Lallana has been as he has played "with the sort of flair we've ached for", while there is "experience" in Milner, Barry and Gerrard.

On the Wilshere omission, Stelling said: "[He] is one of the players who would miss out. He hasn't had a great season, it's been stop-start, and I must say, he's carried the expectations of English football for some time now. Time is on his side and I think he's a genuinely good player but maybe he'll just benefit from having a summer where he's not slogging it out in a World Cup."

Finally, Stelling went for four strikers - Danny Welbeck, Wayne Rooney, Rickie Lambert and Daniel Sturridge: "[It's] blindingly obvious," he remarked.

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