England’s Gareth South gate said that Joe Hart is still their No.1 goalkeeper
England manager Gareth South gate says Joe Hart is still is number choice goalkeeper, but has acknowledged the
West Ham stopper faces severe
competition for the starting jersey at
the 2018 World Cup.
They qualified for the World Cup in Russia with an unbeaten record and impressed during November international games. England played two goalless matches against Germany and Brazil.
Joe Hart is struggling to secured the No.1 spot ahead of Premier League
counterparts Jordan Pickford and
Jack Butland for the spot in
England’s line-up and Southgate has
said as a coach he is “never settled”
on selection, with England’s former
World Cup winner Gordon Banks
arguing the case for Butland.
“Gordon obviously is a Stoke man so
I would expect him to back Jack but
we have some very good
goalkeepers. We have really good competition for
“Joe has been our number
one through the qualifying campaign
and has performed really well. We had the best defensive record in
Europe. We have also come off the
back of two nil-nils against Brazil and
Germany so in terms of our defence
and our goalkeepers they have had
as good performances as anybody in
Europe up to this point.
Equally we know there is great
competition for places. Three types
of goalkeeper in as many ways – in
terms of their experiences and
styles. Plus we have the likes of
Fraser Forster and Tom Heaton, who
is out injured, and there are other
young goalkeepers coming through. You are never settled as a coach.
You are always looking at who is in
form and we are still six months to
the finals so it is great not only in
goal but other position on the pitch
we have got great competition.
Gareth South gate said that Joe Hart is still England number one goalkeeper
“If we play tomorrow, I think Joe Hart
would be our number one. I said that
before the last game and he had a
very good performance against
Brazil. Equally, as I keep having to
say to him, we are six months away
and he has got to maintain form and
make sure [of that] in the lead up to
the World Cup,” South gate said.
Meaning, the manager has admitted he is
positive about the future for his
youthful England squad as they build
towards next summer’s finals and
said the public are “excited” by what
the side can achieve.