Joe Hart plays cricket

Joe Hart plays cricket

One man who had more reason than most to take his eyes off the events in Russian Federation, however, was England's former World Cup goalkeeper Joe Hart, who chose instead to turn out for Shrewsbury in what would prove to be his first league match since 2007.

He had a supportive message for the players after the last-gasp 2-1 win over Tunisia to kick off the campaign, but as per talkSPORT, Hart wasn't watching the 2-0 quarter final victory over Sweden yesterday; he was playing cricket for local team Shrewsbury against Knowle and Porridge.

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The Manchester City goalkeeper, 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.

Man City boss Pep Guardiola dropped Hart down the pecking order when he arrived at the Etihad Stadium in 2016, sending him out on loan to Torino for the 2016-17 season and West Ham past year.

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. The 31-year-old is due to return to City for pre-season training next week.

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