Belfast Telegraph

Monday 1 September 2014

Hart will not be starting against Chile: Hodgson

Either Fraser Forster or John Ruddy will have a chance to pile more pressure on Joe Hart tonight after Roy Hodgson confirmed the out-of-form Manchester City goalkeeper will not start the friendly against Chile.

Hart has been dropped by City after a number of errors, and for the first time in three years, his place as England number one has come under threat.

The 26-year-old has been out of the City team for past three games and he will once again be on the substitutes' bench at Wembley tonight.

"Joe Hart won't be starting," the England manager said.

"You will have to work out for yourself which of the other two will."

When asked whether both Norwich stopper Ruddy and Celtic goalkeeper Forster could both feature, Hodgson said: "It's possible."

Hart has made grave errors against Chelsea, Bayern Munich, Cardiff and Aston Villa this season while Forster has been in superb form for Celtic.

The 25-year-old from Hexham was dubbed 'The Wall' by Barcelona fans and players alike after he performed superbly against the Spanish giants in the Champions League.

Ruddy made his England debut last season and would have been in Hodgson's Euro 2012 squad had he not broken a finger in the run-up to the tournament.

"John has been with us from the beginning and I have had Fraser with us for over a year so I do know a bit about them. I have made it (his decision) but am not prepared to reveal it."

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