Hart was one of the big name expected to be among the squad, manager Gareth Southgate named. Earlier Joe Hart broke his silence and admitted his England World Cup snub was “hard to take.”
Southgate decided to take Butland, Jordan Pickford and the uncapped Nick Pope as his three keepers for the tournament. Yet Butland revealed Hart was his hero growing up and that he’s shattered he won’t be joining him at the finals. He considers his influence on him and the England side massive, according to Dailystar
“I think we all thought ‘wow’. It was a gutsy decision from the manager and I think there’s been really big competition for places.
“I’ve spoken to Joe. I know he’s devastated to miss out and I’m gutted for him.
“I’ve known Joe a very long time and Joe’s one of my heroes, I told him myself. When I was coming through at Birmingham – him as a goalkeeper, him as a person, I admired him.
“I wanted to be where he was, I wanted to be the number one for Birmingham and the number one for England and he was all of those things.
“As we’ve got older, certainly in the last couple of years, I’ve seen and learned more from Joe than I ever could have expected.
“What he’s been through and the humility that he’s dealt with things, despite everything that’s gone on. He’s always been the first one to congratulate whoever’s played, be it me, Jordan or Tom (Heaton), be it friendlies or qualifiers.
“I think that’s been the biggest lesson I could have learned, just the way Joe’s been through the hardest times of his career. I owe a lot to him personally. To see him miss out, I’m gutted – and I know he is as well” he said.