Joe Hart fails to make England World Cup squad

Hart a notable England casualty ahead of Gareth Southgate announcing 23-man squad for World Cup

Joe Hart fails to make England World Cup squad

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May 15th, 2018

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It had been thought that Joe Hart would be among the three goalkeepers to represent England at the 2018 World Cup, although Gareth Southgate has instead opted to select Nick Pope.

Pope will be the third-choice keeper for the tournament in Russia, with Jordan Pickford expected to start England’s opening match against Tunisia and Jack Butland selected as understudy for the World Cup.

Hart’s career has taken a few turns for the worse in the past two seasons, having been loaned out to Torino from Manchester City after the arrival of Pep Guardiola as manager.

Hart then signed for West Ham on loan last season although his form has been erratic and Adrian eventually replaced the Englishman, with Southgate taking the view that the stopper hadn’t done enough to justify selection.

Few have an issue with this decision, with Southgate set to announce his 23-man squad on Wednesday and there are set to be minimal surprises, with Trent Alexander-Arnold vying for a spot and Ruben Loftus-Cheek expected to be among the players selected.

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