LONDON (Reuters) - England boss Gareth Southgate said leaving goalkeeper Joe Hart and defender Ryan Bertrand out of his World Cup squad after they featured throughout the qualification stage was one of his toughest moments as boss. Hart, who has been capped 75 times and was first-choice keeper in the last three tournaments, was the highest-profile casualty as Southgate named his 23-man squad on Wednesday. "Ryan and Joe have played a lot over the last two years so they're not decisions we took lightly," Southgate said. The 31-year-old Hart struggled to keep his place at West Ham United this season where he is on loan from Manchester City. He did start nine of England's 10 World Cup qualification games, however, conceding only three goals and producing a superb display in Slovenia.
Source: The Star May 16, 2018 15:22 UTC