Hart warned his first team place is not assured by Hodgson

Joe Hart has been warned his first team place with England is not assured, reports the Daily Star.

Roy Hodgson has kept faith with Hart for the duration of his time in charge of the three lions, despite the fact he was dropped by Manchester City a year ago following a series of high profile blunders.

That has led some to believe Hart is considered untouchable in this current England squad, but Hodgson says that the form of Ben Foster and Fraser Forster means there is now considerable competition for the number one spot.

“Fraser is getting better and Ben has come forward,” said Hodgson.

“But when Joe was under his severest criticism, Ben and Fraser weren’t at the level of form they are today.

“The competition at City will keep Joe on his toes.”

Hart has not conceded a goal since Luis Suarez eliminated England from the World Cup in Brazil, and will keep his place for this afternoon’s clash with Slovenia.

“As a coach, it’s good if you know who your best players are,” added Hodgson.

“Once you have that, there’ll be moments when they vindicate that or not, because they go through periods.

“I try to divorce form from quality. I’ve always believed in Joe’s quality.

“There was a time when he was suffering from a lack of form and people suggested he might not keep his place in the England team, but he never showed anything with us that would have led to me questioning him.

“A goalkeeper can make a mistake in any game. If you replace him on the first mistake, you can make a rod for your back.

“If you think you are going to drop a guy and play someone else, you have to go with that other player for some time.”

 


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