What Joe Hart was up to while England were playing Sweden revealed

Joe Hart played cricket for hometown club Shrewsbury while England took on Sweden in the quarter-final of the World Cup on Saturday.

The Manchester City goalkeeper was omitted from Gareth Southgate’s 23-man squad for Russia 2018, with Jordan Pickford, Jack Butland and Nick Pope all getting the nod over him.

And as the Three Lions took part in their most important fixture since Italia 90, Hart turned out for Shrewsbury Cricket Club.

The 31-year-old, batting at number nine, made six before being caught out as Shrewsbury lost by one wicket in their home Birmingham League Premier Division match against Knowle & Dorridge.

Hart, who also held a catch to remove visiting batsman Ethan Brookes, played cricket for his local club as a youngster before focusing on his football career at Shrewsbury Town.

He has 75 caps for England, but made two costly errors at Euro 2016 in games against Wales and Iceland and has struggled to recapture his best form since.

City boss Pep Guardiola dropped Hart down the pecking order when he arrived at the Etihad Stadium in 2016, choosing Willy Caballero and Claudio Bravo instead.

Hart went out on loan to Torino for the 2016/17 campaign and, after spending last season on loan at West Ham, will return to City for pre-season training next week.

He played in nine of England’s 10 World Cup qualifiers, but missed out on a squad place for the finals.

Hart’s last England appearance was in the goalless draw against Brazil in a friendly at Wembley in November 2017.

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