Expert: West Ham star faces 'serious fight' to win back international place
By George Brooks
West Ham goalkeeper Joe Hart will struggle to keep his place in the England side, according to the BBC’s Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty.
Hart watched on from the substitutes bench at Wembley last night as 23-year-old Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford stole the show on his international debut.
Pickford made a number of outstanding saves to keep Gareth Southgate’s side in contention, as the Three Lions played out a goalless draw with World Cup holders Germany.
Hart’s position as England’s first-choice goalkeeper has come under scrutiny in recent times and football expert McNulty believes he may struggle to get back into the side.
“The 30-year-old has had a tough time with the Hammers this season – and there is now every chance he will face a serious fight to maintain his England status, despite Southgate’s backing,” wrote McNulty, who reported on last night’s game for BBC Sport.
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England boss Southgate raised a few eyebrows when he announced Hart would remain his first-choice.
Hart, who is on loan from Manchester City, has conceded 23 goals in 11 Premier League games for West Ham this campaign and spent last season on loan at Serie A side Torino in Italy.
The keeper has 74 caps for his country and is hoping to represent the Three Lions at his fifth major international tournament at the World Cup next year.
He was hoping to surpass David Seaman as England’s second most-capped goalkeeper this international break, but there is now a strong chance that Pickford will start the friendly against Brazil at Wembley on Tuesday.
Hart’s next match for West Ham will be David Moyes’ first game in charge as manager, against Watford in the Premier League on November 19.
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