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Sports World News of Tuesday, 17 April 2018


Chris Sutton: Joe Hart shouldn't go to the World Cup

Goalkeeper Joe Hart should not go to the World Cup with England, says former Chelsea striker Chris Sutton.

West Ham keeper Hart's fumble allowed Peter Crouch to score in Monday's 1-1 draw with Stoke before substitute Andy Carroll volleyed a last-minute equaliser for the Hammers.

"There are three better goalkeepers than him," said Sutton.

Jack Butland, Jordan Pickford and Nick Pope are all battling for a place in the squad alongside Hart.

Sutton said Hart's mistake was "not an isolated incident" this season and that he has "dropped his ticket" to go to the World Cup in Russia as a result.

"You cannot take someone because they are a nice bloke and good in the dressing room," said Sutton. "If England get two injuries to goalkeepers you need your third keeper to be strong. That is how it should be judged.

"[England manager] Gareth Southgate isn't wondering if he is a joker, is he good in the dressing room? He is wondering if he is going to make a save and keep us in the tournament.

"After that, how can Southgate go away and feel he can trust Joe Hart in an England jersey again?"

Hart impressed earlier this month in West Ham's 1-1 draw with Chelsea, making a number of crucial saves.

But Sutton described Hart's fumble on Monday as "indecisive" and "woeful".

"You feel for Joe Hart after what was a good display at Chelsea - he kept West Ham in the game," said Sutton. "But tonight was bread and butter. Football is harsh.

"He was indecisive when that shot came in from Xherdan Shaqiri. He should have gathered it. It would have been routine for the Hart of yesteryear. But he spilled it and it was a woeful, woeful bit of goalkeeping."

Sutton also disagreed with calls for team-mate Carroll to go to Russia, despite the striker coming on as a second-half substitute to score the equaliser in his first game back from injury since January.

"You see the quality Andy Carroll possesses. He hardly trains, comes back into the side and changes the game," said Sutton. "He does that regularly but then he breaks down. He cannot be trusted to go to Russia despite the talent that he is."