England and Chelsea centre-back Gary Cahill has defended goalkeeper Joe Hart after the England stopper recently came in for more criticism over his mistake against Scotland in last month's friendly.
Cahill, who was forced to miss Euro 2012 after being clattered by Hart at Wembley in an England friendly last year, has launched a strong defence of the Manchester City man.
Cahill believes Hart is one of the best in the game and that mistakes are just part of being a professional.
"For me he's one of the best there is, I've trained with him for a long time now, I've seen him up close and personal and he's top drawer," the Chelsea man was quoted by the Daily Express.
Hart failed to stop a relatively tame James Morrison shot in last month's friendly against Scotland and it's not the first time the goalkeeper has been guilty of failing to stop similar efforts.
To compile the misery, Hart was clearly at fault for Cardiff City's second goal in the Premier League newcomers' 3-2 defeat of Hart's side. But Cahill is still quick to defend his England colleague.
"As defenders and goalkeepers, there is always going to be a stage in your career you might make a mistake or two," he added.
Cahill expects the 26-year-old to forget the negatives and put in a top performance on Friday against Moldova.
"I think we'll see in the character, the way that he can bounce back and others can bounce back, that's the most important thing," he concluded.
England are two points behind group leaders Montenegro but have played a game less going into Friday's fixture ay Wembley.
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