England's former undisputed No.1 has seen his stock (and handling ability) tank dramatically over the past couple of seasons, unfairly becoming something of a punchline while Jordan Pickford, Jack Butland and now Nick Pope gradually usurped him at global level.
England face Nigeria at Wembley and Costa Rica at Elland Road next month in friendlies before they travel to Russian Federation for their opener against Tunisia.
And Express Sport understands Pickford will be between the sticks when the Three Lions take on their north African opponents in Volgograd on June 18.
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He was bombed out of City by Pep Guardiola for the second campaign in a row but didn't impress on loan at West Ham. Such is the case of England where every position has more than four good players.
"I would have him [Shelvey] in my squad", Shearer said on Sunday's Match of the Day. "He's always performed well for us".
"We're trying to change the style of play - we have our young players developing with better technical ability with the ball".
"Equally we know there is great competition for places".
Swansea's Alfie Mawson will also not be included in Southgate's squad for the World Cup after he underwent successful knee surgery on Monday - keeping him out for between six weeks and two months.