By Russell Edge

9th Dec, 2017 | 3:26pm

Carragher concerned over future of West Ham stalwart after win v Chelsea

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has said that West Ham goalkeeper Joe Hart’s future for both club and country is under real threat.

The England shot stopper found himself dropped to the bench in favour of Spanish counterpart Adrian for the club’s 1-0 win over Chelsea on Saturday, having been a stalwart between the sticks prior to last week’s clash against Manchester City.

Now, with two matches out of the first team, Carragher has voiced his concerns about what will happen to the Manchester City loanee, with half a Premier League season left to play and a place in England’s World Cup squad to fight for.

Speaking on Sky Sports’ coverage of the clash against Chelsea (09/12, 12:00), the former Liverpool star said: “You’ve got two very good goalkeepers (at West Ham).

“From Joe’s point of view, when he made the decision to come here he’s thinking ‘I’m going to play this season, make sure I’m number one for the World Cup’.

“His position is under threat, and that is a problem for the World Cup.

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“He’s got to find a way back into that team otherwise he won’t be the one starting England’s first game at the World Cup, it’s as simple as that.”

So far this season Hart has made 14 league appearances for the Hammers since joining on his year-long loan spell from Manchester City, but has only been on the winning side twice as the Hammers find themselves in the bottom three.

The club’s form saw the board choose to sack Slaven Bilic and replace him with former Manchester United and Sunderland David Moyes, with the win over Chelsea his first victory with the club.

Hart also has 75 appearances for England under his belt, including the Three Lions’ last game, a friendly against Brazil at Wembley.

In other West Ham news, fans were left delighted with one man’s performance against the Blues.

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