Wilshere, Hart dropped from England's squad

Heather Diaz
May 16, 2018

England boss Southgate is reported to have called the 75-cap goalkeeper on Monday to tell him he would not be in the squad, with uncapped Burnley shot-stopper Nick Pope getting the nod alongside Jordan Pickford and Jack Butland.

Either way, there's no denying the Englishman's fine form and so it would be a deserved inclusion for him as he's managed to turn his career around.

"If I was Gareth Southagte I would sell this on youngsters", he said at the BBC's launch of their coverage of this summer's tournament.

Hart has been England's first-choice goalkeeper for the last three major tournaments - Euro 2012, the 2014 World Cup and Euro 2016, as well as the qualifiers for this summer's event - but he has only played in one of the past five games under Southgate.

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Lineker, who scored 48 goals in 80 games for his country, said these players, alongside those who have enjoyed recent success at junior level, will help England become a "serious force" in four years, when the next World Cup takes place in Qatar. We have got some great young players.

"You need half of your team to be world class to be favourites in a competition like this and we haven't got that at the moment, but we will have that in four years and six years". It's better for everyone.

Rio Ferdinand believes it is the right decision for Gareth Southgate to overlook Joe Hart for England's World Cup squad. "We have been there and he took to it like a duck to water".

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