World Cup 2018: 5 high-profile players who didn't make England's 23-man squad
England boss Gareth Southgate has named his 23-man squad for next month’s World Cup this afternoon and there are a couple of surprises in there from the young manager. The likes of Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Jordan Henderson have unsurprisingly been named, but eyebrows will have been raised with the inclusion of Liverpool youngster Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Elsewhere there have been some high-profile casualties, as some of the Three Lions’ most experienced players have been left at home wondering what might’ve been.
Here are 5 players who didn’t make the cut for England’s World Cup campaign.
#1 Joe Hart
Despite being drummed out of Manchester City by Pep Guardiola and then being dropped for the majority of this season while on loan at West Ham, it was expected that veteran goalkeeper Joe Hart would be named in Southgate’s 23-man squad, most likely as the third choice behind Jordan Pickford and Jack Butland.
As it turns out, Hart has been left at home with Burnley’s Nick Pope going in the #3 goalkeeper spot instead. Most fans seem happy with the decision, too – Hart was seen as a liability in England’s disastrous Euro 2016 campaign and has hardly improved his reputation in the two seasons since. And despite three tournaments’ worth of experience, two of those (Euro 2016 and World Cup 2014) ended in abject failure.
The West Ham keeper is reportedly extremely disappointed with Southgate’s decision, and although it has been suggested that he took the cut in gracious fashion, he’s also believed to be blaming David Moyes – who has been fired by the Hammers today – for his downturn in fortunes.