Should Hodgson follow in Pellegrini's footsteps and drop Hart?

Joe Hart

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini took the bold step of dropping Joe Hart, but should Hodgson follow suit ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup?

Joe Hart was left out in the cold by Manchester City boss Pellegrini, but will Roy Hodgson follow suit?

Roy Hodgson named Joe Hart in his 28-man England squad to face Chile and Germany, but is Hart still England's number one, that is the question.

Calls for the #1 shirt to be thrown to Fraser Forster have been growing, with the Celtic 'keeper weighing in with impressive UEFA Champions League appearances this season and last.

Norwich City keeper John Ruddy is also picked, as one of three keepers selected by England boss Hodgson.

The Citizens' Chilean boss dropped Hart in favour of Romanian stopper Costel Pantilimon for Manchester City's 7-0 demolition of Norwich City, in which the keeper was largely untroubled.

Meanwhile, Hart's goalkeeping colleague John Ruddy endured a torrid time at the Etihad Stadium, as he floundered in a display which saw Norwich were dispatched with consummate ease.

Hart has been the victim of several high-profile gaffes in recent months, and pressure has been mounting on the England man.

Speaking on Thursday, having named Hart in his England squad, Hodgson reaffirmed his support for the former Birmingham stopper: "I firmly believe Joe is such a good goalkeeper that he will get back in the Manchester City team sooner or later. He will start one of the games but not both. I feel I am duty-bound to look at one of the other two goalkeepers."

England face Chile at Wembley Stadium on Friday 15th of November, before facing Germany, again at Wembley, on Tuesday 19th of November, as Hodgson runs the rule over his squad.


Do you still consider Joe Hart to be England's best choice? Who else should get a chance?

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