Just how big is the England game for Joe Hart?

It will be the first time Manchester City's goalkeeper will be in action since his error in the 2-1 loss against Chelsea…

It has been a pretty turbulent few weeks for Joe Hart. His form hasn’t been the greatest to start the season with, and as a result Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has decided to drop the goalkeeper in favour of Costel Pantilimon.

England manager Roy Hodgson has taken a different view and has said he will stick by the City stopper, saying he is his number one keeper – and that Hart will feature in tomorrow’s friendly against Germany at Wembley.

Fraser Forster, John Ruddy and Ben Foster - when he returns from injury - look to be his rivals for the England number one jersey.

The question is, could this be the start of Hart putting a turbulent spell behind him, and is this the chance for him to get back into the Manchester City team? He might view it as an opportunity, and so she should.

Ever since his crucial error in City’s 2-1 loss to Chelsea a couple of weeks ago, he has been limited to training sessions to catch Pellegrini’s eye, though that doesn’t seem to be having the desired effect given the speculation that the Chilean would like to bring in another goalkeeper in the January transfer window.

Tomorrow England go up against one of the best sides in international football – a side that will be hotly tipped to be at the business end of the tournament at the World Cup finals next summer. It is the perfect time for Hart to put on an impressive display.

Of course, there is the question of, what if it goes against him? It could mean he will be on the Manchester City bench for the long term and harden Pellegrini’s opinion that he isn’t the man for him.

It might only be viewed as a friendly but this is a big opportunity for Hart where his performance is going to be scrutinised heavily anyway. It might put a seed of doubt into the mind of Pellegrini as to whether he was right to drop Hart or not. But tomorrow night could be crucial in Joe Hart’s career.

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