Joe Hart was at fault once again last night as West Ham United drew 1-1 with Stoke City at the London Stadium, allowing Peter Crouch to net a late goal only for Andy Carroll to save Hart's blushes somewhat with a last-minute equaliser.
Hart, who has come under serious criticism this season, was terrific in the Hammers' draw at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea earlier this month. However, his performance against Stoke showed his true colours.
Over the last 18 months or so, Hart has been woeful and his plight from Manchester City and England number one has been quite depressing. Although his Chelsea performance was a reminder of what is capable of, the game was by all means the anomaly.
Following his Monday night fumble, Chris Sutton issued some harsh but probably fair words, with regards to Hart's England chances this summer.
The former Celtic and Blackburn striker insisted that the error was not an isolated incident, and that his inability to build upon his Chelsea showing has more than likely cost him a place in Gareth Southgate's England squad.
Speaking to the BBC, Sutton said: "You cannot take someone because they are a nice bloke and good in the dressing room.
"If England get two injuries to goalkeepers you need your third keeper to be strong. That is how it should be judged.
"After that, how can Southgate go away and feel he can trust Joe Hart in an England jersey again?"
Sutton's words may be harsh but, given the form of Hart at West Ham, they are probably fair and also realistic. Major tournaments are not a time for sentimentality and, should you want to progress deep into the competition, players in form must be selected.
With so much experience, it is sad that England may not make use of Hart as he nears the twilight stage of his career. However, with Jack Butland, Jordan Pickford and Nick Pope all waiting to seize their chance, the Three Lions may have another star between the sticks in no time.
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