Ever since it became clear that Joe Hart was not wanted at Manchester City, questions have been asked about his ability to remain England number one.
Last season, the shot-stopper spent the campaign on loan at Italian outfit Torino and at the moment he is on a temporary deal at West Ham United.
For the Hammers, Hart has started all seven Premier League games, keeping three clean sheets and conceding 13 goals.
Despite some questionable displays, the 30-year-old remains England’s number one and as expected, was selected by Gareth Southgate for Thursday night’s World Cup qualifier against Slovenia at Wembley.
The Three Lions managed to get the job done and secure a place in next summer’s finals in Russia, but it was a laboured display, with Harry Kane coming to the rescue by scoring in injury time.
Hart made a crucial double save when the match was still goalless, but former Arsenal defender Martin Keown thinks that the keeper was “lucky” not to concede a penalty after bringing down Josip Ilicic in the first half.
Keown feels that Stoke City’s Jack Butland is breathing down Hart’s neck ahead of next summer’s World Cup.
The football pundit wrote in the Daily Mail:
“There is a lot of scrutiny on goalkeeper Joe Hart and he got away with one when Slovenia were denied a first-half penalty. Southgate has backed Hart but he now has Stoke’s Jack Butland providing strong competition.
“If Hart had given a penalty away he might have been on borrowed time. He’s very lucky. But credit to the West Ham goalkeeper, late in the game he was brave enough to take a ball in the face for the England cause.”