Joe Hurt takes break to play Cricket after omission from England squad.

The 31-year-old had been England’s number one at the past three major tournaments but was left out of Gareth Southgate’s 23-man squad for Russia.

While Hart said his omission was “hard to take”, he took the opportunity to switch sports and play for Shrewsbury – his boyhood cricket team – for the first time since 2007.

Hart could have played cricket professionally, having been in the same Worcestershire youth team as former England wicketkeeper Steven Davies at the age of 16, before he chose to concentrate on his blossoming football career at Shrewsbury Town.

Hart has returned to training at Manchester City after spending last season on loan at West Ham.

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