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England News: Hart ‘to miss out’ on World Cup

1 year ago

In the latest England news, head coach Gareth Southgate has reportedly informed goalkeeper Joe Hart he will not be included in his 23-man squad for the 2018 World Cup.

Hart joined West Ham on a season-long loan from Manchester City last summer but has struggled to cement a regular first-team spot, making just 19 Premier League appearances this season.

The 31-year-old has come under fire after making some glaring errors and was dropped for the final four games of the campaign, being replaced between the sticks by Spanish shot-stopper Adrian.

His poor domestic performances have also hampered his chances on the international stage, with Everton’s Jordan Pickford and Stoke City’s Jack Butland vying for the number one jersey.

Nick Pope’s emergence for Burnley this season has also added more competition for places and he is now expected to be handed the third and final goalkeeping spot in the Three Lions’ World Cup squad.

Numerous reports on Tuesday claim Hart has already been informed by Southgate that he won’t be travelling to Russia, a decision that could potentially spark the end of the Shrewsbury-born star’s international career.

It has also been suggested Southampton left-back Ryan Bertrand, who made 35 Premier League appearances this season, will miss out on a spot in the squad.

Newcastle United midfielder Jonjo Shelvey, who has been in terrific form for the Magpies in the past couple of months, is another that looks set to stay at home this summer, with Southgate not willing to take a chance on the 26-year-old.

The Three Lions have been drawn in Group F in Russia alongside Belgium, Tunisia and Panama.

Southgate’s men are 16/1 with SportPesa to win the tournament for the first time since 1966 whilst Brazil are second favourites at 9/2 behind Germany (4/1).

England’s 23-man squad will officially be announced on Wednesday.