Goalkeeping legend fears complacency will creep into Hart’s game

Joe Hart, England and Man City Goalkeeper1966 world cup winner Gordon Banks believes the only thing holding Joe Hart back from becoming the best in the world is a lack of competition for the number one jersey for club and country.

Hart has been ever-present at Man City, starting all 38 league games and winning the Barclays Golden Glove award for the past two seasons, leaving little chance for Costel Pantilimon or Richard Wright to challenge the 25-year-old. Roy Hodgson has included Norwich’s John Ruddy and Celtic’s Fraser Forster in the England squad for Qualifiers against San Marino and Poland; however neither are likely to remove Hart from the first XI.

Banks agreed Joe Hart should be England’s first choice, but reiterated that all players need competition to produce their best.

“He’s the best English goalkeeper by a mile, no question.

“But what concerns me is that there is nobody challenging him for that position. I don’t want him to get too over-confident.

“Nobody is pushing him at all. He’s not even being pushed by his club. We have no strength in depth whatsoever,” he said.

Banks believes Hart’s only flaw is dealing with high balls, but believes England’s No.1 can overcome his weakness.

“Okay, he might misjudge one or two crosses, but that will come with experience, because for a big man he is very agile,” he added.