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Hart ready for Germany test

  • 18 November 2013 09:05
  • Posted by @dclayton_mcfc

Joe Hart is set to return to the England starting line-up against Germany on Tuesday evening as Roy Hodgson gives the City keeper a chance to silence his critics.

Hart was one of many high profile names rested during the 2-0 defeat to Chile but is expected to reclaim the No.1 spot against the country ranked No.2 in the world at present.

Sporting Life quote the England manager:  ‘He will be anxious to seize his chance and anxious to show everyone that he is still a very good goalkeeper," said Hodgson.

“Hodgson said earlier this weekend that he felt no need to have a word with Hart to calm his nerves ahead of such a big psychological test for the player.

“The former Shrewsbury man has not been short of support over the last few weeks. David Seaman was the latest ex-England international to give his backing to the player this week.

“The former Arsenal stopper criticised Pellegrini for losing faith in Hart, but Hodgson does not believe the goalkeeper has been affected by being dropped and has no qualms about throwing him back in to the fold for the Germany match.

‘Joe is in the right frame of mind to play,’ the 66-year-old said. ‘He has been fine in training and I know (goalkeeping coach) Dave Watson has been happy with him so I could only answer in the affirmative that he is fine.

‘He is ready. The Chile game was Fraser Forster's chance to show what he can do but (Hart) knows it's his chance on Tuesday night.’”

Finally, former England keeper Paul Robinson has backed the City custodian in The Daily Mail. The Blackburn Rovers stopper said: ‘Joe Hart is a fantastic goalkeeper, and he still is. The last few games that he's had people look at this result, or that goal, if you compile all the good games he's had the list will keep on going.

‘Eight months ago we were talking about him being possibly the best goalkeeper in the world. In eight months that doesn't change. Goalkeepers make mistakes, that happens.’”

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