Southgate admits honest conversation with West Ham goalkeeper Joe Hart

West Ham goalkeeper's World Cup place is in jeopardy.

Goalkeeper Joe Hart makes a save during the England training session at the Chemin De Ronde Stadium on June 12, 2017 in Croissy-sur-Seine, France.

Joe Hart faces an anxious wait to see if he will make England's World Cup squad.

The goalkeeper has had a mixed season on loan at West Ham United, selected for just 15 of 30 Premier League games so far.

Hart turns 31 next month and this could be his last chance to go to the World Cup.

Hart did not feature in either of England's recent friendlies, with manager Gareth Southgate keen to experiment.

Goalkeepers Jordan Pickford, Joe Hart, Jack Butland and Nick Pope look on during an England training session, on the eve of their international friendly against Italy at Tottenham Hotspur...

Speaking to The Guardian, Southgate admitted he had some very honest conversations with the Manchester City owned goalkeeper.

Southgate intimated Hart's role is currently one of a back-up, with Jack Butland and Jordan Pickford currently ahead of him.

He said: "I’ve been really straight with him throughout. I spoke to him three weeks ago before he was back in West Ham’s team and told him he would be in the squad on the basis of what he had done for us before.

"He’s a good leader to have around and he’s understood everything completely. He’s played that [back-up] role really well."

Joe Hart during an England Training Session at The LFF Stadium in Vilnius at a Media Access day on October 7, 2017 in Vilnius,

Hart's experience stands him in good stead for a spot, but he is not guaranteed to win this role.

Burnley stopper Nick Pope is pushing for inclusion, and his club teammate Tom Heaton is also an outsider to claim a spot.

Hart needs a strong end to the season, but he is far from guaranteed to keep his place at West Ham for the run in.

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