Joe Hart has finally broken his silence and followed in the footsteps of Jack Wilshere to portray his emotions following his exclusion from the World Cup squad. Opinions were divided on his selections, with some reckoning that his prior World Cup experience and the lack of another experienced goalkeeping option should have been enough to get him the nod. Others though opined that the out of favour West Ham goalkeeper should not be on the flight to Russia just because of the experience he brings to the squad.
Hart finally came out with a post and said the following:
"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. 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. 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. ???"
Meanwhile, Jack Wilshere also came out and made his feelings public following his shock exclusion, with most pundits and experts feeling that he had done enough to prove his fitness and quality for Arsenal, as he was an integral member of their Europa League run and League Cup run. Wilshere seemed to have taken his exclusion well, goofing around on twitter with fans who asked him to join for a vacation given that his summer had freed up.
This is what Wilshere had to say on twitter yesterday after processing the news of his exclusion for a day:
"Think its about time I had my say... It goes without saying that I’m naturally incredibly disappointed to have been left out of the England squad for the World Cup. I’ve felt fit, sharp and strong all season and believe I should be in the squad!
And given the chance i could have made a real inpact. However, I have to respect the manager’s decision and would like to wish the whole squad all the very best for the tournament. I will always be an England fan and will be supporting the boys with the rest of the nation ???"