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Burnley goalkeeper Joe Hart hasn’t ruled out a recall into the England squad, despite having been left out once again during the recent international break

Hart was England’s first-choice keeper in their previous three major tournaments before being omitted by head coach Gareth Southgate in his 23-man squad for this summer’s World Cup.

And, despite having now finally sealed a permanent move away from Manchester City in the last transfer window, Southgate’s stance over Hart has not changed.

The 48-year-old instead selected Jack Butland, Jordan Pickford and Alex McCarthy as his three goalkeepers for the recent international break.

“If I was asked to play for England tomorrow I’d be ready. But at the moment, managers are always going to have opinions. I can only get myself as I can, to the highest of my level, and then it’s up to everyone else,” Hart told Sky Sports.

“Stuff out of my hands is out of my hands, how people want to play it is up to them. I am going to continue to push, Burnley is obviously my priority, and whatever happens, happens.

“I could have had a long summer where I felt sorry for myself, but I love it too much, I love challenges. The summer was amazing, I was absolutely gutted and other words that I wasn’t in the World Cup squad, but you’ve got to make the best.

“I had a fantastic summer, I enjoyed it, I bounced into this pre-season, and I’m ready to go.

“Loved the players, big fans of them, couldn’t be prouder of what they did. It made people happy, it put smiles on people’s faces, myself included. I’ll keep supporting, I’ll be an England fan no matter what, and I’ll stay true to my word.”

Hart has made 75 appearances for England at international level.