Monday, 12 June 2017

Joe Hart Won’t Be In Goal Against France - Gareth Southgate

England manager Gareth Southgate has thrown his weight behind Joe Hart to find a top club but confirmed another England goalkeeper will play against France. Hart received criticism for letting in two late free-kicks in Saturday's World Cup Qualifier against Scotland on Saturday, forcing a last-ditch Harry Kane equaliser to earn a 2-2 draw.

Southgate would not put the blame on Hart and has revealed his intention was always to make changes for Tuesday's friendly against France, but with Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland back in the picture following a long injury lay-off, the England boss has a selection headache with Fraser Forster and Tom Heaton also providing options between the sticks.

He said “I'm sure he'll be playing at a high level, I think for all of the players, we've competition for places, so we want as many people in every position playing at a high level. He's had an important experience going abroad and playing. For me, around the camp, all season his contribution has been really high and without his save in Slovenia we'd be worse off in the group as well. He's shown great leadership. I think he's been much more composed before matches - that's been a noticeable shift.”

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