I texted Joe Hart after he missed out on World Cup squad – Jack Butland

• I know he’s devastated to miss out, Stoke keeper adds
• Butland got to know his hero at Birmingham City in 2009

Jack Butland was “gutted” for Joe Hart after the Manchester City goalkeeper was omitted from England’s World Cup squad, with the Stoke No 1 texting commiserations to a player he considers a hero.

Hart, who spent last season on loan at West Ham, played in the majority of England’s qualifiers for Russia 2018 but was then excluded by Gareth Southgate for the finals. Butland, who will now compete with Jordan Pickford and Nick Pope for the starting jersey, said: “We all thought, ‘Wow’. It was a gutsy decision from the manager. I’ve spoken to Joe. I know he’s devastated to miss out.

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