Joe Hart opted not to cheer on England against Sweden on Saturday and played cricket for hometown club Shrewsbury instead.
Hart, 31, omitted from Gareth Southgate’s 23-man squad for Russia 2018, turned out for Shrewsbury Cricket Club while the Three Lions secured their place in the World Cup semi-finals with victory over the Swedes.
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.
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 as Jordan Pickford, Jack Butland and Nick Pope were all given the nod.
Hart’s last England appearance was in the goalless draw against Brazil in a friendly at Wembley in November 2017.
Steven Gerrard will do more business in the coming weeks as he looks to finalise his Rangers squad.
The new Gers boss has already made seven signings since taking over in June but is still keen to bolster his options.
Defensive arrivals Allan McGregor, Jon Flanagan, Nikola Katic and Connor Goldson all played in the 6-0 win over Bury at Ibrox on Friday night, while Scott Arfield was on the scoresheet twice.
Gerrard has been linked with a move for Roma striker Umar Sadiq to provide competition for Alfredo Morelos, and he hinted that there could be movement on a deal in the near future.
“At the moment he is still a Roma player but it has been well documented that I am a fan, but it’s just a case of watch this space,” he said.
Meanwhile Wes Foderingham looks like he could be on his way out of the club as Gerrard weighs up his goalkeeping options.
The arrival of McGregor, the continued development of Robby McCrorie and presence of Jak Alnwick in the squad mean they are top-heavy on goalkeepers and Foderingham could be forced to move on if he wishes to get regular game time, with Gerrard hinting as much.
He said: “I don’t have a number one or number two or three, I have three excellent goalkeepers with decent experience.
“I thought it was very decent to get Robbie a feel of the atmosphere because he’s got a bright future.
“I have three fantastic goalkeepers but somewhere down the line one of them is not going to be happy, and there is nothing I can do about that.
“At some point one of them won’t be around because three top goalies don’t go and I will have to make a difficult decision.”
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The anticipation is building and the clock is ticking as the World Cup enters the quarter-final stage later today. Brazil and Belgium clash in the second match of the evening (22:00) in what will be a mouth-watering encounter as football’s finest attacking talent go head to head.
Neymar, Philippe Coutinho and Gabriel Jesus will square off against Eden Hazard and Kevin de Bruyne. Read our three big match ups ahead of this potentially classic showdown.
The winners of that game will face either France or Uruguay in the semi-finals (18:00). The French were impressive against Argentina and face another stern test against Uruguay. We examine some of the key questions ahead of the last eight clash.
There has been speculation that Cristiano Ronaldo could be on his way to Juventus after the Italian champions put in a bid of €100million for the Portuguese superstar. And on Thursday, Ronaldo’s agent added more fuel to the fire by saying if the star forward does leave Spain, he would be ‘eternally grateful’ to Real Madrid.
Speaking of Real Madrid, the European champions have strengthened their squad with the acquisition of Alvaro Odriozola from Real Sociedad.
England and India meet in the second match (20:30) of the T20 series with Eoin Morgan’s men needing to win in Cardiff to have any chance of claiming a series victory. Chris Jordan said the hosts’ confident is still high despite their eight-wicket loss in the opening game, while India’s in-form batsman KL Rahul hopes his century against England on Tuesday will be the start of things to come.
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World Cup quarter-finals
Uruguay v France, 18:00
Belgium v France, 22:00
Cricket: England v India, Second T20, 20:30
Wimbledon from 16:00