Joe Hart & Jack Wilshere left out of England’s World Cup squad




Joe Hart last played for England in November’s friendly with Brazil – but Jack Wilshere has not played since the Euro 2016 defeat by Iceland

Goalkeeper Joe Hart and midfielder Jack Wilshere have been left out of England’s World Cup squad by Gareth Southgate, BBC Sport has learned.

Hart, 31, who has won 75 caps, has had a poor season, conceding 39 goals in 19 Premier League games for West Ham – on loan from Manchester City.

Arsenal’s 26-year-old Wilshere, who has had an injury-plagued career, managed 38 appearances this season.

Southgate reveals his 23-man squad for the tournament in Russia on Wednesday.

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.

Everton’s Jordan Pickford is likely to be England’s number one this summer, with Stoke City’s Jack Butland also a contender.

Wilshere has won 34 caps, scoring twice.

Analysis – ‘Hart’s England career surely over’

BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty

Joe Hart’s exclusion from England’s World Cup squad continues the steep decline of the goalkeeper who was first choice in their last three major tournaments.

The 31-year-old was dismissed from Manchester City to Torino in Serie A on manager Pep Guardiola’s arrival and after a season in which he failed to secure regular first-team football during a disappointing loan spell at West Ham United, his England career is now surely over after 75 caps.

Southgate has decided to take the younger Burnley keeper Nick Pope rather than even have Hart’s experience around his squad in Russia.

Hart is now in the painful position of having no future at England level and a very uncertain one at club level with his stay at West Ham now over. The fall from grace is complete.



Source : http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/44132401

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