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Hart axed from World Cup squad

Filed: Tuesday, 15th May 2018
By: Staff Writer

Joe Hart, who spent the duration of the 2017/18 season on loan at West Ham, will not be part of England's squad in Russia this summer.

The 31-year-old goalkeeper, who ended the season on the bench at West Ham behind first choice stopper Adrian has been told by England boss Gareth Southgate that he will not be included in his 23-man, World Cup squad for Russia.

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Hart, who has endured a second-successive difficult season following a year on loan in Italy with Torino was handsomely paid by the Hammers but failed to offer value for money, as a series of high-profile mistakes saw him dropped for the Spaniard.

And the consequence of two poor seasons is that Hart - who at one stage was expected to be the nation's first choice goalkeeper for many years to come - has slipped behind the likes of Nick Pope, Jack Butland and Jordan Pickford (even though the latter had a particularly poor afternoon against the Hammers on Sunday).

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Hart represented West Ham on 24 occasions during his season-long stay in east London, keeping just three clean sheets in the process. He has already returned to his parent club, Manchester City, following the culmination of his loan.

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