Cape Town - England goalkeeper Jack Butland says he
felt sorry that his childhood hero Joe Hart did not make the Three
Lions squad for the 2018 Soccer World Cup.
Hart was among England high profile players that were last week
excluded from the Gareth Southgate’s squad for the next month’s World
Cup in Russia.
The other high profile players snubbed by Southgate include Arsenal’s
Jack Wilshere along with Chris Smalling of Manchester United.
Butland revealed that he gave Hart a call immediately after the squad
was announced because he was gutted his role model did not make the
list for the World Cup.
Hart, who has 75 caps for his country has been England first choice
goalkeeper in their last three tournaments and had also started in nine
of their ten World Cup qualifying matches.
“Butland told Sky Sports: "I've spoken to Joe. I know he's devastated to miss out and I'm gutted for him.
"He's been my hero since I was 14 years old and I still look up to
him now. It was important for me to tell him that because you don't
often get opportunities to tell people what you really think about them.
"If Joe had been here that conversation never gets had. It was really important to me and hopefully he valued that as well."