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Hart set to miss out on youthful England World Cup squad

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England will name his 23-man squad today with some experienced figures such as expected to miss out.

The and reported yesterday that 75-times capped Hart won't be included among Southgate's three goalkeepers after a poor season on loan at from Manchester City.

Hart, who has been England's for the last three major tournaments, was backed by after being deemed surplus to requirements by Pep Guardiola at City as the 31-year-old remained first choice during England's unbeaten qualifying campaign.

However, Hart started only half of games this season and conceded 39 goals in his 19 league appearances.

Hart's omission means the experienced trio of Jordan Pickford, and the uncapped Nick Pope will be Southgate's options between the sticks.

Pickford has also yet to feature in a competitive international, whilst Butland's only two competitive starts came in qualifying dead rubbers against in 2015 and 2017.

is also set to miss out despite an impressive end to the season with Arsenal.

Wilshere was initially included in Southgate's squad for March's friendlies against the and Italy, but was forced to pull out with a that cost him the opportunity to make his case.

Liverpool's is in contention despite an injury-ravaged season. Lallana made his latest comeback in Sunday's 4-0 win over Brighton, but made just one start all season.

In defence, Phil Jones's return to form and fitness for Manchester United could see him see off club team-mate and Chelsea for a place alongside Southgate's preferred centre-back duo of and

- Global stage awaits Kane -

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However, at the other end of the field, is more spoiled for options with and both in fine form.

Kane and Vardy both scored twice as Tottenham edged out 5-4 in a final day thriller at to take their tallies for the season to 41 and 23 respectively.

Both failed to carry their club form onto the international stage at Euro 2016, and former England has encouraged Kane to bolster his reputation around the globe by performing on the biggest stage.

"It's a huge tournament for Harry because of what happened two years ago," said Shearer yesterday.

"To put himself on the global stage, he is known all around obviously, but to put himself on a world stage he has to go out and perform and score goals in this tournament."

Another former England great Gary Lineker, who won Golden Boot in 1986, believes Kane will relish the responsibility of spearheading England's campaign in

"There are certain individuals that embrace that pressure and embrace that opportunity to show you can do it on the biggest stage and Harry is that sort of guy," said Lineker.

Southgate has two more warm-up friendlies, against on June 2 at and in five days later, to fine tune his preparations before England's begins against on June 18.

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First Published: Wed, May 16 2018. 09:40 IST
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