5 players who may not represent England in the World Cup
With less than three months to go for the 2018 World Cup, England's manager will soon have to decide who are the best and most deserving candidates to represent the nation in the upcoming competition.
England has been drawn into a relatively predictable group alongside Belgium. But in order to advance far, England will need to have depth in the squad. Having won just half of the games he has managed as of 20th March 2018, the Englishman desperately needs an improvement in results. His selection will greatly affect his future and England's reputation.
In such an instance, it is regrettable that some talented players may not be called up for the world competition held in June. Here are five players who may not make it into Southgate's team.
#5 Joe Hart
For a long period of time, Hart had been recognised as the first choice goalkeeper for Manchester City and the England team. His confidence dropped when Pep Guardiola came in. After he was loaned to Torino, Hart never quite regained the form and confidence he had while playing at the Etihad Stadium.
His call-up to the squad for the upcoming friendly matches will be keenly observed by Southgate to determine if he still suits the team.
Loaned to West Ham this season, Hart has not had the best of time with the Hammers, making just 23 appearances in all competitions as of 20th March 2018. Most recently, he started against Burnley and conceded three goals. Since his loan spell with Torino, Hart has been at fault for quite a number of goals as his weaknesses have been exploited by the opponents.
With many young and rising goalkeepers eligible to represent England such as Jack Butland, Nick Pope and Jordan Pickford, Hart faces a huge and stiff competition ahead. The England manager may be tempted to include new and fresh faces on the team instead.