Joe Hart is facing World Cup heartache with the England keeper set to be dropped by West Ham, according to The Sun.
Boss David Moyes was impressed by back-up Adrian in Sunday’s 2-1 loss at Manchester City and the Spaniard will now feature against Chelsea on Saturday.
On-loan Hart was unable to play against his parent club and has also been criticised after a string of poor results which have left West Ham struggling in the relegation zone.
It is a huge blow for Hart, coming just a few days after the World Cup draw was made for next summer’s finals in Russia.
It also comes just as likely replacement Jack Butland returns from injury for Stoke, while Everton’s Jordan Pickford and Southampton’s Fraser Forster are in the frame too.
The World Cup-winning keeper Gordon Banks has already raised concerns about Hart, suggesting Butland should be England’s No 1.
And Hart now has his work cut out just to regain his club place.
West Ham have lost four of their last six games, but produced a much better display at City.
Adrian is hopeful he has done enough to stay in the team for one of the club’s biggest dates of the season against Chelsea.
New boss Moyes is reluctant to tinker too much with his team after the improvement.
That includes sticking with the popular Adrian and choosing his keeper on a week-by-week basis, putting pressure on Hart to win back his place.
Hart is on a £120,000-a-week loan deal at West Ham for the season, although that could be cut short in January if both clubs agree.
Moyes has made it clear he will not be swayed by the reputations of his big-name players, who he says have let the club down.
Hart will also not want to hear Peter Crouch’s thoughts on the England goalkeeping situation.
The Stoke striker said: “Jack’s a top goalkeeper and he’ll be England’s No 1 very soon, I’m sure.
“Jack wouldn’t let anyone down. He’s good enough and will get in there at some stage.”