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Hart not in England's World Cup squad for Russia 2018

16 May 2018

On-loan West Ham United keeper Joe Hart's World Cup dreams appear to have gone up in smoke as Gareth Southgate prepares to name the England squad bound for Russian Federation.

But it has emerged that Wilshere is neither in the final World Cup squad, nor the standby list.

It's said that the England manager broke the news to him on Tuesday morning over the phone.

The former England striker has urged Gareth Southgate, the national team manager, to include the likes of Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Ryan Sessegnon when he names his 23-man squad tomorrow.

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Southgate called Wilshere up to his squad for the recent friendlies against the Netherlands and Italy but injury forced him to pull out.

Yet, his performances at the end of the season forced Southgate to consider Wilshere for a place on the plane to Russian Federation.

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The decision of course has surprised many football fans as the star was expected to be named together with Jack Butland and Jordan Pickford for the tournament since he was England's first choice throughout the qualification campaign.

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It is a bold - and no doubt hard - call, but Southgate said in March that he was being "really straight with him throughout" the selection process.

"I could sit here and say this round or that round - but it doesn't mean anything, really, because we have to keep improving as a team", Southgate said when asked what he would see as a successful World Cup.

"I'm hoping those experiences that a lot of those younger players have had stand them in good stead". And when he has played, his form has been unconvincing.

The news bodes well for Burnley's uncapped keeper Nick Pope who now looks to be in prime position to be named in the squad which heads for Russian Federation on Tuesday, June 12.

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Hart not in England's World Cup squad for Russia 2018