Should England drop Joe Hart? How he compares to Fraser Forster

Fraser Forster v Joe Hart: Head to Head: : 20160522

The Manchester City goalkeeper came in for criticism for his mistake in England's clash with Turkey.

Fraser Forster v Joe Hart: Head to Head: : 20160522Sunday afternoon once again saw Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart coming in for criticism after a mistake.

The latest came in the friendly win over Turkey, with the keeper’ caught far out of goal and handing England’s opponents an equaliser in the game.

That led to criticism for him, with former Tottenham Hotspur striker Mido telling England that they should drop their current number one.

And they could do, too, with the England goalkeeping department well stocked ahead of Euro 2016.

The prime candidate to replace Hart would be Southampton star Fraser Forster, who shone for the Saints after returning from a long-term injury in January.

So how does he compare to Hart since then? We decided to find out, courtesy of Opta.

  TeamClean SheetGoals Conceded per GameError Lead To Goal per GameSaves per GameAccurate Keeper Sweeper per GamGood High Claim per GameCross Not Claimed per GameCross Claim SuccessAppearances
Fraser Forster Southampton 6 0.94 0.11 2.83 0.17 0.89 0.06 94% 18
Joe Hart Man City 7 1.18 0 1.76 0.82 0.71 0 100% 17

As it turns out, the current number one was slightly better, coming out on top in five of the eight areas looked at.

Hart comes out on top in the crucial area, having managed more clean sheets across the time period.

The current England number one was also better when it came to mistakes leading to goals, accurate sweeper keeper actions and in dealing with crosses.

Interestingly though, the Southampton number one managed more good high claims per game, made more saves per game and crucially conceded fewer goals per game.

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