Should Wolves look at Joe Hart with World Cup snub looming?

Gareth Southgate

Joe Hart yesterday became the first high-profile omission from England's national football team for the World Cup after manager Gareth Southgate opted against selecting the goalkeeper for the Finals in Russian Federation this June 14-July15.

The England manager also underlined the importance of the West Ham loanee's role in getting his country to the World Cup and just last August called the criticised shot-stopper the country's "best goalkeeper".

Joe Hart has some important decisions to make this summer after another season of abject displays in goal, this time with Premier League strugglers West Ham United.

With 75 caps, Hart was expected to be the most experienced member of Southgate's travelling party, but his omission could leave England without a player boasting over 40 caps.

Delph will be included in the 23-man squad, which is announced tomorrow afternoon, primarily as a midfielder but has also played at full back for Manchester City.


The 28-year-old has been more naturally a central midfielder and brings versatility to Southgate's squad. The manager had considered him his No 1 through qualification and the autumn internationals, only for Jordan Pickford and Jack Butland to usurp him in the pecking order by starting the friendlies in March.

Express Sport understands Jordan Pickford, Jack Butland and Nick Pope are the goalkeeping options Southgate will have at his disposal.

"Taking a young kid to go there and experience that I think is a much better way to go".

There is some debate about the midfielders that Gareth Southgate should take with him to Russian Federation.

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