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Ex-England keeper Gordon Banks warns of Hart complacency

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By Adam Mazrani

Wednesday 10 October 2012

Legendary ex-England goalkeeper Gordon Banks has voiced his concern over the lack of competition for Joe Hart for both his county and club side Manchester City. Hart has established himself as the undisputed Number 1 keeper between the sticks and after his match-saving performance in the Champions League against Borussia Dortmund for City last week, was touted by some as the best keeper in the world.

Joe Hart

However, according to the Mirror, Banks, who was part of the England World Cup winning side in 1966, believes that Hart’s lack of competition will ultimately hinder his progress.

“I don’t think he’s the best in the world yet - I think that’s Casillas, who came through very young,” said Banks. “But the age Joe is, he stands a great chance of being the best - and 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 - where he doesn’t have to worry about his place. Nobody is pushing him at all. He’s not even being pushed by his club.”

Hart’s two goalkeeping compatriots in Roy Hodgson’s England squad are John Ruddy and Fraser Forster of Norwich and Celtic respectively and Banks contrasts the current English goalkeeping malaise with his era.

“I remember Alf Ramsey would always make the point of going round all the players after we had played a Wednesday night international and say goodbye,” Banks continued. “When he came to see me, I said, ‘See you Alf’. He stopped and replied, ‘Will you?’ It was just a reminder that you couldn’t pick yourself for the next match. now, we have no strength in depth whatsoever.”

England take on minnows San Marino on Friday as they continue their route to Brazil 2014 before taking on Poland in Warsaw four days later.

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