Joe Hart has been told he will not be part of England’s 23-man squad heading to the World Cup in Russia.
England coach Gareth Southgate will announce his squad on Wednesday, but we understand he has decided against taking Joe Hart as his third choice goalkeeper behind Stoke City’s Jack Butland and Everton’s Jordan Pickford.
The Manchester City goalkeeper, who has spent the season on loan at West Ham, was told on Monday in a phone-call from Southgate that he would not be travelling to a fifth major finals despite the national manager having considered the 31-year-old his first-choice for much of his tenure.
Hart recently won his 75th and most recent cap against Brazil in November
Burnley’s Nick Pope, who was called up for the games against the Netherlands and Italy but remains uncapped, is the likeliest to replace Hart in the 23-man squad, which Southgate will reveal on Wednesday. The England manager submitted a provisional 35-man squad to Fifa on Monday.
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.
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