Hart is England's No.1, insists Hodgson
England boss Roy Hodgson has given Joe Hart his full backing, confirms the BBC.
The Manchester City goalkeeper has been crticised for his recent performances, and questions were raised following Wednesday’s 3-1 Champions League defeat by Bayern Munich.
But Hodgson has kept his faith in the 26-year-old by confirming him as England’s No. 1: “As far as I’m concerned, Joe Hart is my No. 1. He has never let me down.”
Hart has been joined in the England squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Montenegro and Poland by fit-again Wayne Rooney. The Manchester United striker missed the Champions League draw with Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday after injuring his shin in training. Liverpool forward Daniel Sturridge also returns from injury to take his place in the squad.
Hart was at fault for two of Bayern’s three goals, failing to stop routine shots from Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben. But Hodgson, who was at the Etihad Stadium to watch Hart himself, insists he is still ahead of Norwich City’s John Ruddy and Celtic’s Fraser Forster in the pecking order.
“I am not blind to the situation, I do realise it is not a good moment for Joe," added Hodgson. “He is a proud man and a very good goalkeeper and I am sure when he is criticised he is unhappy.
“I still believe in Joe, I believe he is the right man for the job and I don't believe he will let England down.”
With two games remaining, England sit top of their qualifying group, one point ahead of Ukraine and Montenegro and three ahead of Poland.
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