By George Brooks
Premier League legend and pundit Ryan Giggs has praised West Ham goalkeeper Joe Hart for his performance against Brazil at Wembley last night.
Hart made two crucial second-half saves from Philippe Coutinho and Paulinho as England held the five-time World Cup winners to a goalless draw.
Giggs was working as a pundit for ITV alongside former England players Ian Wright and Lee Dixon.
“Credit to Joe Hart. He didn’t have a lot to do, but when he did he stepped up,” said Giggs, on ITV’s post-match coverage.
“He made himself big, it was really, really good concentration.”
There is an ongoing debate as to who should start in goal for England at the World Cup in Russia next summer.
Everton’s Jordan Pickford impressed on his international debut against Germany on Friday night, making a number of impressive saves in the 0-0 draw.
Stoke’s Jack Butland is also hoping to force his way into manager Gareth Southgate’s plans but had to withdrew from the latest squad with a broken finger, opening the door for Pickford.
Hart has now kept two clean sheets in a row for England. The new West Ham boss David Moyes will be hoping that the 30-year-old can use this as motivation to kick on at club level.
He has conceded 23 Premier League goals for the Hammers this season, leaving the club with the worst defensive record in the league.
West Ham return to Premier League action for Moyes’ first game in charge against Watford at Vicarage Road on Sunday.
In other West Ham news, Moyes has identified his first signing as Hammers boss but it could cost the club a huge fee.