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Gareth Southgate set for crunch talks with government over Russian Federation boycott

Nick Pope has flourished in Tom Heaton's absence

"You never want any player to experience injury and of course Tottenham have some very big matches coming up".

ENGLAND boss Gareth Southgate has revealed he dropped Gary Cahill to give youngsters like James Tarkowski and Alfie Mawson a chance.

Pope is one of the goalkeepers that will hope to make their mark in England's upcoming friendlies against Netherlands and Italy, with long-term number one Hart retained in the squad despite his limited playing time and indifferent form for West Ham.

A more likely inclusion is Jack Wilshere, after Arsene Wenger hinted that he had some sort of inside information.

Swansea defender Mawson has enjoyed another impressive season, joining uncapped Cook, captain of last summer's Under-20s world champions, in the squad.

Gareth Southgate has branded the relationship between the United Kingdom and Russian Federation as a "serious matter" but the England manager insists he is still preparing for the World Cup as normal.

Goalkeeper Joe Hart remained in the squad despite a hard season for West Ham United where he has been left out of the side for several games.

Manchester United defender Chris Smalling, and Michael Keane of Everton are also notable omissions.

Ben Stokes pleads not guilty to affray
Stokes will fly to India to play for Rajasthan Royals in IPL after completing the ongoing series against New Zealand. England's second test against India starts August 9 at Lord's in London .

Asked about Cahill's absence, Southgate explained: 'Tarkowski and Mawson are players you want to look at for now and beyond the summer.

Southgate added on the battle to line up between the sticks: "Clearly the number one jersey is up for grabs".

"We don't know how the next 8-10 weeks will pan out for all of our goalkeepers but there is good competition for places".

He revealed: "There are a few players that are not in this squad that are not out of our mind [people] that if they were playing at the moment they would have been in - Fabian Delph, Phil Jones and Ruben Loftus-Cheek".

'He's had 74 caps, been our No.1 through qualifying.

Kane is out until next month due to an ankle ligament injury and though the diagnosis calmed fears over his World Cup participation, the Tottenham centre-forward was missing from the 27-man squad for the friendlies against Holland and Italy.

Burnley's Nick Pope has seen his fine Premier League form rewarded with a spot in a goalkeeping contingent which once again includes Joe Hart despite his struggles during a loan spell at West Ham.

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