England’s Joe Hart Axed from World Cup

Hart was England’s No.1 in Brazil four years ago but won’t be travelling to Russia this summer. The 31-year-old goalie knew the writing was on the wall for his starting spot after Jordan Pickford was handed the gloves for the friendly win away to Holland in March. Stoke’s Jack Butland got a start days later against Italy at Wembley to put a further dent into Hart’s World Cup dreams. Southgate was weighing up taking him to the World Cup as an experienced head to have around the camp.

But the 75-cap man has been left out in the cold, with Burnley rookie Nick Pope getting the nod as England’s No.3 shot-stopper. Hart’s omission from the England squad is the latest setback for the 31-year-old following a miserable season. 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.

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