Hodgson benches Hart for Englandís clash with Chile
England coach Roy Hodgson has ruled out goalkeeper Joe Hart from participating in Friday night’s battle against Chile at Wembley. Hodgson confirmed the absence of Hart from England’s team, but let media and fans speculate about who will replace him between the sticks.
Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Foster might earn a spot in the first-team following his superb performance in the Champions League. Norwich City’s John Ruddy is another candidate for the job, although it’s unlikely he would replace Hart.
Hodgson insists Hart will return for the mouthwatering clash with Germany on Tuesday. The Three Lions boss refused to reveal the details behind the absence of Manchester City’s shot-stopper. It is common knowledge Hodgson is backing Hart to return to his best following a series of recent blunders under Manchester City colors.
“Joe Hart won't be starting the game [against Chile], but you will have to work out which of the other two will start,” Hodgson said. “I haven't spoken to the players about the team and until I do that, I don't want to get drawn any more on my team selection or formation. It's nice to have such good players to choose from.
“I've been lucky enough work with them [Ruddy and Forster] for a period of time. John was with us from the start [of his time in charge of England], but he broke his finger before we went to the Euros [last summer], so I've had quite a lot of time with him.
“We've had Fraser with us for another a year and I know quite a lot about him, but I will make the decision whether to choose one or use both and I'm afraid you will have to wait to see what that decision is.”
Hodgson insists he wants to give all deserving players a chance to play and simultaneously build a more experience squad. Hodgson also said that the results of Chile and German will be a good of understanding how well England had prepared for the World Cup.
Hodgson claims he is concentrating on making England a better team, instead of protecting the ten-game undefeated run the Three Lions are enjoying.
“I think I have to put performances ahead of protecting our unbeaten run because in these next two games I need to look at players who are knocking heavily on the door to get their chance,” Hodgson added.
“There are only these two matches and the one in March for me to do that, so I can't dismiss the need to give some playing time to people. It's important to win games and keep the unbeaten run going, but I won't do that if it's going to be at the detriment of looking at one or two players.
“I need to be wiser in March with respect to one or two players than I am now and that's what I am focusing on.”