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Hart, Wilshere left out of England’s World Cup squad

London, May 16: Goalkeeper Joe Hart and midfielder Jack Wilshere have been left out of England’s FIFA World Cup squad by head coach Gareth Southgate. Hart, 31, who has won 75 caps, conceded 39 goals in 19 English Premier League (EPL) games for West Ham United this season, Xinhua news agency reported on Tuesday. Arsenal’s 26-year-old Wilshere, who has had an injury-plagued career, has managed 38 appearances this season. Hart has been England’s first-choice goalkeeper for the last three major tournaments, including Euro 2012, the 2014 World Cup and Euro 2016, as well as the qualifiers for this summer’s event. But he has only played in one of the past five games under Southgate. Everton’s Jordan Pickford is likely to be England’s first choice goalkeeper this summer, with Stoke City’s Jack Butland also a contender. (IANS)

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