Joe Hart has today been at the heart of discussion after last night's UEFA Champions League blunder.

The Manchester City goalkeeper conceded three goals against German side Bayern Munich in the Group D Champions League playoffs - and the Citizens now face a hefty fight to retain second place against CSKA Moscow at the end of the month.

England coach Gary Neville led the criticism of Hart, and was quoted on the Daily Mail saying: "He's got to do better there, Joe Hart, beaten at his near post. It just goes through his hand.

"It's not the start Manchester City wanted or the goalkeeper."

Polls have been conducted on various websites throughout the day asking if the Citizens goalkeeper even deserves his place as first choice keeper on the England squad at all.

However, not everybody has been so quick to bite Hart's head off.

City manager Manuel Pellegrini refused to point the finger at just Hart, saying that it was never going to be an easy game for the players against Bayern Munich.

Roy Hodgson has also backed the keeper, and has said he is confident in his ability to bring England to the top in the World Cup in March next year.

Admittedly, last night's match saw horrific blunders and all things considered Hart's managed to emerge pretty unscathed - probably down to a couple of slip ups on Bayern Munich's part.

However, questioning his ability to perform under pressure for England is surely beyond a joke?

If we all took a second to actually think about it, who would replace Hart in the squad?

Fraser Forster and John Ruddy are obviously of fantastic calibre, or they wouldn't be included, but when you step back the obvious number one choice is Hart.

In six games he's saved 13 goals from going in, and clearly has an undeniable talent.

He won the Premier League title with Manchester City in 2012 and he's career has been moving from strength to strength since taking the gloves from Robert Green in the 2010 World Cup where he was third choice goalkeeper.

Minus the recent slack in form and last night - what you're left with is a player who's dedicated with quick reflexes, who is obviously passionate about playing for England.

No player is perfect, so what more can you ask for?

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