Throughout the World Cup qualifying rounds Joe Hart hasn’t had the easiest of runs. England fans have been scrutinising his every move because of his many high profile mistakes in recent matches and, only a few days ago, Roy Keane slammed him for his arrogant attitude.
Luckily for Hart though, this hasn’t stopped Hodgson backing him and he is still No.1 for tonight’s match at Wembley. Hodgson is not alone in backing Hart’s place in tonight’s match however, right behind him is Polish star Robert Lewandowski.
Lewandowski last faced Hart when Borussia Dortmund met Manchester City in the Champions League draw. The match may have ended 1-1, but, Hart’s outstanding performance at the Etihad last year has had a lasting effect on Lewandowski. He describes it as the “one of the best goalkeeping displays I’ve ever seen” adding “if he plays like that again then he will be very hard to beat”.
It’s unusual that the opponent has more faith in the English goalie than the fans themselves, although if he helps produce a win tonight then I’m sure we will be more than happy to be proved wrong!