Joe Hart set for major career boost ahead of Man City's pre-season tour

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Joe Hart was England's indisputable number one in 2016.

Fast forward two years and the 31-year-old goalkeeper failed to make the cut for Gareth Southgate's 23-man World Cup squad.

Hart has 75 England caps to his name but few could argue that he deserved a seat on the plane over the inexperienced trio of Jordan Pickford, Jack Butland and Nick Pope.

The Manchester City stopper had been dropped by incoming manager Pep Guardiola at the start of the 2016/17 campaign.

Hart has since gone on loan to Torino and West Ham - but his loan spells have been littered with errors.

He spent the full 2017/18 campaign on loan at West Ham but, unsurprisingly, the London club decided against signing him on a permanent deal.

Hart returned to Manchester City at the end of the season with his future completely uncertain.

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According to the Daily Mail, Hart's career is now set for an unexpected twist.

Hart is reportedly ready to leave the Etihad this summer - but is expected to be the surprise name in Man City's pre-season tour squad who fly to America on Tuesday.

The former Shrewsbury Town 'keeper has less than 12 months remaining on his current deal at Manchester City.

It's unlikely that Hart could displace Ederson but - if he's willing to be back-up - could feasibly compete with Claudio Bravo to be Guardiola's number two.

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Hart joined Man City back in 2006 and has made 321 Premier League appearances in his career.

He insisted that he would "come back stronger" after being omitted from England's World Cup squad.

"Obviously I've been moping around but those days are over," Hart said in a video posted on Instagram this summer.

"I'm ready to support my team, I'm ready to come back stronger, I'm filled with motivation, I'm filled with desire to get back to the top."

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The Citizens are set to face some tough opposition as part of the International Champions Cup in the United States.

They take on Borussia Dortmund on Friday July 20 before matches against Liverpool and Bayern Munich.

Hart hasn't been included in a Man City matchday squad since August 2016.

Could this be his opportunity to salvage his Man City career? Let us know what you think by leaving a comment below.

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