Hart 9-2 to make Southgate's 23-man World Cup squad

Joe Hart has drifted out to 9-2 to make England’s 23-man World Cup squad after reports suggested the goalkeeper has been told he will not be on the plane to Russia.

The news means Burnley shot-stopper Nick Pope has been cut to 1-10 with some firms to get the nod from Gareth Southgate, who names his squad on Wednesday.

Goalkeepers Jordan Pickford and Jack Butland can each be found at a general 1-50 and Pickford is the odds-on 1-4 favourite with Sky Bet to start England’s opening game against Tunisia.

Among the outsiders to occupy the goalkeeping positions are Tom Heaton, who is a general 5-1 shot, and Alex McCarthy who is a best-priced 20-1.

Match in Focus

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Ireland v N Ireland

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Key stats
  • Ireland have two clean sheets in nine home games
Expert verdict
This will be a friendly in name only and looks set to conjure up goals in the first Irish derby since 2011. Both sides are out of form and bottom of their Nations League groups but will be motivated to perform under the lights of the Aviva Stadium. The return of Kyle Lafferty should be a big boost for the visitors.

 

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