England boss Roy Hodgson has insisted that Joe Hart's position as first-choice goalkeeper for next month's crunch World Cup qualifiers is not under threat, despite a shaky start to the season.
Hart was culpable as Manchester City slipped to a 3-2 defeat at Cardiff City in the Premier League last weekend, leading to calls in some quarters for the stopper to be dropped at club level.
Hodgson is adamant that Hart will keep his place when England take on Moldova and Ukraine in September, declaring that he can use the time away on Three Lions duty to restore belief in his own ability.
He told The Mirror: "I believe he will come out of it with flying colours. It would take more than a couple of games before we lost faith in a guy who has been No.1 over a long period.
"I’m rather hoping Joe will use the England time together to get his confidence restored. He will be working with people who believe in him.
"Wayne Rooney was happy to be part of the Scotland game, to use that time if you like to dispel a few doubts about him. I can only hope Joe will do the same, I will be vociferous in my support of Joe because he deserves it."
Hart would normally be challenged for a place at international level by West Brom keeper Ben Foster, but he is currently sidelined for at least 12 weeks after fracturing a bone in his right foot.
The 26-year-old has played 33 times for England since making his debut in 2008, with a regular starting spot nailed down shortly after the 2010 World Cup.
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