By George Brooks
West Ham goalkeeper Joe Hart has been warned that his place in the England side is under threat.
England boss Gareth Southgate has admitted for the first time that Hart is no longer guaranteed to be his first-choice goalkeeper, ahead of the World Cup next summer.
Hart has been England’s number one since he was made first-choice by Fabio Capello after the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
However, he faces fierce competition for the first time in his international career from Everton’s Jordan Pickford, after the 23-year-old impressed on his debut against Germany on Friday.
“Jordan had an excellent game against Germany,” said Southgate, as quoted by The Sun.
“We’ve got a period now of six months for all our goalkeepers to show what they can do. Now is an opportunity for Joe to have experience against top opposition as well.
“We are all aware that there is really good competition for places in that area of the pitch.”
Pickford made a number of outstanding saves as the Three Lions held the world champions to an entertaining goalless draw at Wembley.
England now host five-time World Cup winners Brazil tomorrow night with Hart set to start.
The goalkeeper must prove himself against some of the biggest talents in world football in order to keep his place in the side.
Pickford’s clean sheet has heaped more pressure on Hart and Stoke’s Jack Butland hopes to do the same when he returns from a broken finger, which meant he had to withdraw from the national squad last week.
Hart is on loan at the London Stadium from Manchester City and spent last season trying to recapture his form with Italian side Torino.
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