England coach, Gareth Southgate has revealed how difficult it was for him to come up with his choice of three goalkeepers with the world cup 28 days away.

Southgate dropped Joe Hart, who he said played a vital role in the qualifying stages.

The experienced Hart has 75 England caps but Southgate opted for Jordan Pickford, Jack Butland and Nick Pope.

"Of course it was a difficult call.

"Joe played in most of our qualifying matches, he's been a big part of the England team the last few years, and he's a valued member of the squad.

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"But in the end, I've got to look at performances over the last 18 months with their clubs, and the three lads we picked were the three best goalkeepers in the league this year."

Southgate added that the door is still open for Hart to return to the Three Lions squad if he finds his form.

"I pick players on form and, if he's playing well for his club, why wouldn't we select him?" said Southgate.

"There's no reason for this to be the end. He has an important career decision this summer and I hope he can be back at his very best."

England squad

Goalkeepers: Jack Butland (Stoke), Jordan Pickford (Everton), Nick Pope (Burnley).

Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Fabian Delph (Manchester City), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Harry Maguire (Leicester), Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur), John Stones (Manchester City), Kieran Trippier (Tottenham Hotspur), Kyle Walker (Manchester City), Ashley Young (Manchester United).

Midfielders: Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea).

Forwards: Harry Kane (Tottenham), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Jamie Vardy (Leicester), Danny Welbeck (Arsenal).

Standby: Lewis Cook (Bournemouth), Tom Heaton (Burnley), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), Jake Livermore (West Brom), James Tarkowski (Burnley).

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