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England Boss: Why I Left Hart & Wilshere Out Of WC Squad

England Boss: Why I Left Joe Hart & Jack Wilshere Out Of 2018 World Cup Squad

By Kurt Buckerfield - May 17, 2018 03:29 PM @KurtLaduma

England manager Gareth Southgate has explained why he left goalkeeper Joe Hart and Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere out of his squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

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The boss announced the 23-man squad he will be taking to Russia on Wednesday, and it did not include usual Three Lions regulars Wilshere and Hart, who have more than 100 international caps between them.

Southgate has since explained that Hart was left out simply because the goalkeepers he chose were in better form, and that he felt Wilshere did not have the strongest finish to the 2017/18 campaign.

"Of course, it was a difficult call (to leave out Hart)," he told The Guardian.  

"He played in most of our qualifying matches, he's been a big part of the England team the last few years and he's a valued member of the squad.

"But in the end, I've got to look at performances over the last 18 months with their clubs, and the three lads we picked were the three best goalkeepers in the league this year.  

"I pick players on form and if he's playing well for his club, why wouldn't we select him?

"There's no reason for this to be the end. He has an important career decision this summer and I hope he can be back at his very best.

"Jack has, of course, been in our thoughts. We selected him in March but he hasn't played a game for us.

"He has had a good spell but was maybe not as effective towards the end of the season."

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England will begin their World Cup tournament against Tunisia on 18 June, while the other two teams in their group are Panama and Belgium.

Do you think Southgate made the right decision in leaving out Hart and Wilshere? Let us know in the comments section below. 


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Demax13 Joined: 29 Aug 2014
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Demax13 May 18, 2018 12:57 PM
But selecting Alexander Arnold form Liverpool??? I could have selected that boy Robertson.
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Soni_JX Joined: 19 Apr 2017
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Soni_JX May 17, 2018 06:21 PM
Going to an international tournament with a team you’re still experimenting with......arguing lame and lousy concepts like on-form select. At this time a couch who knows what he is in the tonarment for, its all about putting together your tried and tested lads who you are sure fit well into your playing philosophy. You can’t be selecting “strangers” base on form at this time. That is for qualification stages, where you contest whilst building your team.
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MR E Joined: 17 Apr 2012
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MR E May 17, 2018 05:53 PM
England still is going nowhere!
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makhanda-mendu me Joined: 30 Jun 2017
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makhanda-mendu me May 17, 2018 05:47 PM
True.. Dat aunti khompie, bcz all English think they are the best in the business. Whilst copie cats S.A arr just clouded their think by slavarissio mentality...!
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Anti_komphela May 17, 2018 04:07 PM
Only in England or in South Africa where a coach should explain his decision
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VEGA02 May 17, 2018 03:54 PM
mxm pep poisoned u

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