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Joe Hart AXED from England's World Cup squad as Gareth Southgate opts for Burnley keeper Nick Pope instead

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 15/5/2018 Ben Nagle
Joe Hart of West Ham United looks on from the bench during the Premier League match between Huddersfield Town and West Ham United at John Smith's Stadium on January 13, 2018 in Huddersfield, England © Gareth Copley/Getty Images Joe Hart of West Ham United looks on from the bench during the Premier League match between Huddersfield Town and West Ham United at John Smith's Stadium on January 13, 2018 in Huddersfield, England

Gareth Southgate is ready to signal the end of Joe Hart's international career by axing the goalkeeper from his World Cup squad.

The Manchester City keeper, who spent last season on loan at West Ham, was informed on Monday night that he would not be in the 23-man party for Russia.

Related: How to pick a World Cup squad: Four rules England manger Gareth Southgate should follow (The Independent)

Southgate had planned to take Hart as his third-choice keeper behind Jordan Pickford and Jack Butland.

Southgate said in March: 'He's been really good, I've been really straight with him throughout.

a group of people playing a game of football: Joe Hart has been told he will not be in England's 23-man World Cup squad this summer © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Joe Hart has been told he will not be in England's 23-man World Cup squad this summer

'I spoke to him three weeks ago before he was in West Ham's team and told him he would be in the squad on the basis on what he's done for us.

'He's a good leader to have around and he's understood everything completely. He's played that role really well. He is everything you would hope a senior player would be.' But the England boss has appeared to change his mind on taking Hart, who started the World Cup qualification campaign as first-choice.

Joe Hart in a red shirt: Hart has 75 England caps but it is unclear whether he will earn another one in his career © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Hart has 75 England caps but it is unclear whether he will earn another one in his career

Hart has played sporadically at West Ham this season. And when he has played, his form has been unconvincing.

And Hart has paid the price for a difficult season. At the age of 31 it is hard to see a way back into the England fold for the senior goalkeeper.

Burnley's Nick Pope © Action Images via Reuters/Ed Sykes Burnley's Nick Pope

Burnley's Nick Pope will occupy Hart's place in the World Cup squad as Southgate commits to taking a young group to Russia.

Related: Young guns looking to make an impact at the World Cup (Photo Services)

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