Joe Hart's career hits sad new low after being omitted from England's WC squad

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Joe Hart's omission from England's 23-man squad for the World Cup came as a surprise to no one, but that doesn't mean to say it didn't spark debate.

Jordan Pickford, Jack Butland and Nick Pope were all fantastic last season in the Premier League and undoubtedly deserve their places.

But the one thing they lack is experience, which is important to any World Cup squad that wishes to go far in the tournament.

Between them they only have seven international caps, whereas Hart has 75, and that's why Lee Dixon believes Gareth Southgate made a mistake by not selecting him.

"I am surprised he's not taking Joe Hart. I think Joe's got the experience," said Dixon on Wednesday night. "We had lunch with Gareth a few weeks ago and were talking about the goalkeepers.

"He didn't give anything away but I just got the impression that he wanted someone stable with a bit of experience as No.3. Now that's not happened.

"If you look at seven caps between the three goalkeepers that are going, if you're not going to use three goalkeepers, you're just taking one as [an] experience, I think you're wasting a spot.


"For instance, if Pickford plays the first game and doesn't do brilliantly well - we hope that doesn't happen - and lets a couple of goals in.

"His confidence is shot and you're kind of down to one goalkeeper and a nervous one. I think Joe being there would just help that a little bit."

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Dixon certainly has a point, but Southgate's decision came down to which three goalkeepers deserved a spot on merit, which is also hard to argue against.

It's going to be tough for Hart watching his compatriots out in Russia while he's sat at home, especially judging by The Sun's latest report on his future.

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They claim the 31-year-old has been dealt another blow as not a single Premier League club are currently interested in signing him from Manchester City - not one.

Hart, who spent last season on loan at West Ham, has returned to City but it seems they're going to struggle to find him a new club. Literally no one wants him.

This is a sad new low for Hart, who once had the world at his feet but now faces a very uncertain future. Moving abroad may even be the best option.

With his old England teammate Wayne Rooney seemingly on the verge of moving to the MLS, Hart might be wise to follow suit to reignite his stagnant career.

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