JOE HART has revealed his heartache at being axed by England for the World Cup.
Hart has been left distraught after Gareth Southgate cut him from his squad for Russia 2018 despite him playing throughout the qualifying campaign.
Getty Images – Getty Joe Hart has been left gutted by his failure to secure a place in the England World Cup squad
The 31-year-old is now battling to save his international career at a time when he needs to find a new club after a loan spell at West Ham ended in disappointment.
And the Manchester City keeper admits the Three Lions snub on the top of two years of problems at club level is a bitter pill to swallow.
Hart wrote on Instagram: “Not going to lie, I’m gutted.
“After 2 years of trying to make the most of a really tough situation, this is hard to take.
Getty – Contributor Hart has paid the price for his poor form at West Ham by missing out on Russia 2018
Instagram @joehartofficial Joe Hart lifted the lid on his pain at being dropped by England boss Gareth Southgate in an honest Instagram post
“I’m proud to have put in the graft and play every minute to qualify with the team and have a really important input in that outcome.
“I know what I bring to the team, but it is what it is.
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“Good luck to the team out there, the players know that even though I won’t be there, I will have my England shirt on as a fan this time and supporting all the way.
“No fear, go and smash it.”