England has a collection of goalkeepers fighting to be considered worthy of a place at international level, but which of the finest five deserve a place in Roy Hodgson's plans for the Three Lions.
1. Joe Hart
The Manchester City stopper has been on fine form in recent seasons, securing a regular place as first choice for club and country.
Recently that position has been put under some pressure by the emergence of other talented keepers and a few recent mistakes which have jeopardized his consistency.
He is, however, undeniably a great talent and could benefit from a bit of rivalry for his place in the City team.
Manuel Pellergrin's side would also benefit from increased competition with Hart prone to the odd blunder, rather like Manuel Neuer in Germany.
2. Fraser Foster
The Glasgow Celtic keeper has had solid time in front of goal in his two seasons on loan from Newcastle and since the beginning of the 2012/2013 season as a permanent Celtic player, playing an instrumental part in their run to the last 16 of Champions league last season.
Although he has not played an important role in the national team, he has been included in the squad several times by Roy Hodgson and a few more seasons like the last one, as well as Celtic’s continued improvement in Europe could make him a more important player internationally.
3. John Ruddy
England’s second choice goalkeeper could be in for a rough time, with Ruddy spending most of last season on the sidelines through injury.
Despite those problems he still has the ability to rival the other keepers in the running for the top position. He will be able to rely on his consistency and Norwich’s ambition evident from the investments made in the summer transfer window.
4. Jack Butland
Stoke City’s recent acquisition is a great future investment by the club and for the country, as the athleticism Butland showed in the Championship during his time Birmingham City will surely be valued from the rising star.
The next few years and his ability to perform under pressure at the highest level when he gets his chances will be crucial for the youngster, so that he can build on his obvious talent and become the next great English Goalkeeper.
5. Robert Green
Despite his loss of credibility following a catastrophic mistake during a match for England against the USA and the jokes that followed, Green continued to perform well for West Ham and now Queens Park Rangers.
At 33, although he could be considered old by many, he is still of a decent age for a goalkeeper and he can still serve as a good back-up option for Hodgson.
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