Joe Hart is furious after being ruthlessly axed from England’s World Cup squad.
Hart took the call from manager Gareth Southgate graciously, but is devastated by the news.
However, the goalkeeper is believed to be angry with West Ham manager David Moyes for leaving him out of the club’s final three games of the season — which is understood to be a key reason behind Southgate’s shock decision.
Goalkeeper Joe Hart, pictured on England duty in March, will not go to this year’s World Cup
Hart, 31, received a phone call from England manager Gareth Southgate on Monday evening
Hart began qualification for this summer’s tournament as first-choice keeper and has won 75 caps during a 10-year international career. He had seemed likely to go as back-up for Jordan Pickford and Jack Butland.
But Southgate phoned the 31-year-old on Monday night to inform him he had not made the cut. Hart’s absence means that Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope will be rewarded for his excellent breakthrough season.
Southgate will also show his ruthless side on Wednesday when he leaves out Jack Wilshere from his 23-man party to travel to Russia next month. The England coach rang the Arsenal midfielder to let him know on Tuesday morning.
Although listed in Southgate’s larger 35-man squad, which was submitted to FIFA on Monday and revealed by Sportsmail last week, he will not be named on the standby list.
Fabian Delph is also set to be named in the squad following an impressive season for Manchester City.
Ashley Young of Manchester United and Danny Rose of Tottenham will be England’s recognised left backs, which means Southampton’s Ryan Bertrand will be on the standby list.
Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who spent the season on loan at Crystal Palace, is set to gain a place in the squad, and Adam Lallana of Liverpool has assured Southgate of his fitness following a hamstring injury and should be named in the final party.
Chelsea’s Gary Cahill may make it at the expense of West Brom’s Jake Livermore, who joins defenders Michael Keane of Everton, James Tarkowski of Burnley and Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold in the standby group.
Hart spent the season on loan at West Ham but has not played since April’s 4-1 loss at Arsenal
David Moyes left Hart on the bench for West Ham’s final three games, leaving Hart furious