England goalkeeper Joe Hart misses team's FIFA quarter final match for cricket

Joe Hart was dropped from the England football squad ahead of FIFA World Cup 2018.

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Joe Hart, England's football team goalkeeper picked cricket over football, when his country was playing against Sweden in the FIFA World Cup 2018 quarter-finals on Saturday.

Hart was discarded from England's 23-man squad for the World Cup in Russia. He was his country's number one goalkeeper for the last three major tournaments. He didn't get selected for World Cup squad despite playing nine of England's 10 World Cup qualifiers.

While Jordan Pickford, who replaced Hart in the England team, was picking up a man-of-the-match award, Hart took the opportunity to play cricket for Shrewsbury - the cricket team he has played. 

Shrewsbury won the Birmingham League Premier Division match against Knowle and Dorridge after posting 250-8. Batting at number nine, Hart scored six runs and took a catch as the visitors finished short on 203-9.

"Joe was a credit to himself, his cricket club and his community yesterday," tweeted Knowle and Dorridge bowler Chris Cheslin. "Great to see him back on the cricket field enjoying the game surrounded by his friends and family."

By Sihyeu Prakash Singh - 10 Jul, 2018

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