Banks: Poor West Ham form means Butland should be ahead of Hart

Joe Hart of England in action during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier between England and Slovenia at Wembley Stadium on October 5, 2017 in London, England.

Gordon Banks thinks Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland should be England number one ahead of West Ham's Joe Hart.

Jack Butland of England applauds the crowd after the FIFA 2018 World Cup Group F Qualifier between Lithuania and England at LFF Stadium on October 8, 2017 in Vilnius, Lithuania.Jack Butland of England applauds the crowd after the FIFA 2018 World Cup Group F Qualifier against Lithuania.

Gordon Banks thinks that Stoke City's Jack Butland should be England's number one goalkeeper ahead of Joe Hart.

The 1966 World Cup winner has pointed to Hart's poor form in recent times with West Ham United as the key reason as to why Butland should be ahead in the pecking order.

Former England footballer Gordon Banks (C) stands in the royal box on centre court as he is introduced on the sixth day of the 2016 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis...Former England footballer Gordon Banks (C) stands in the royal box on centre court as he is introduced on the sixth day of the 2016 Wimbledon Championships.

"He's definitely our number one as far as I'm concerned," Banks told the Stoke Sentinel. "I would love to see it and would be so proud of him.

"When I think of Joe Hart I think of his age and how he's playing, then I look at Jack and definitely think he should be the one playing now."

Joe Hart of England in action during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier between England and Slovenia at Wembley Stadium on October 5, 2017 in London, England.Joe Hart of England in action during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier against Slovenia.

Butland played the Three Lions' final qualification match - a 1-0 victory against Lithuania - but they had already confirmed their place at Russia 2018 with a win over Slovenia by the same scoreline in their previous outing.

That was the 24-year-old's sixth cap for the nation, but currently it seems that manager Gareth Southgate still views Hart as his first choice.

This is despite the fact the 30-year-old has endured a tricky start to life at the London Stadium after completing a season-long loan switch from Manchester City over the summer.

Hart conceded ten goals in his opening three Premier League appearances for the Hammers, although has kept three clean-sheets in their last four matches to help the East Londoners move out of the relegation zone.

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