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It Has Been Torturous So Far For Hart (©GettyImages)
It Has Been Torturous So Far For Hart (©GettyImages).

There have been serious question marks over the position of Joe Hart in the England set-up of late, due to some less than convincing displays for Manchester City so far this season.

It would seem no-one can change Roy Hodgson's mind when it comes to choosing his England No.1 though, as he is in full support of the young Man City 'keeper.

"He kept clean sheets against Moldova and Ukraine," Hodgson told Sky Sports.

"We have let in three goals in eight games so it'll take a lot more than one bad game from any player before I start suggesting he is replaced by somebody."

It may appear to be somewhat an overreaction to suggest that Hart be dropped as England no.1 but it is always wise to keep your options open as a coach, and there are now a few names that you would expect to be in the frame if Hart can not regain the good form of two seasons ago. 

The main threat to Hart seems to be the impressive performances of Celtic no.1 Fraser Forster, who has kept seven clean sheets in 15 games this season.

Yes he plays in Scotland, no it is not a competitive league and I am sure this will be a more than common reaction to have, but, he has performed admirably already this season against AC Milan and Barcelona in the Champions League and one cannot forget his outstanding displays against Barcelona last season in the same competition.

Unfortunately it would seem that for Forster to get some real recognition he will need to leave Celtic for his shot at the no.1 spot. 

The other name that has made the previous England squads is Norwich City's John Ruddy, who is in his third Premier League season with the Canaries.

He was one of the most impressive performers in his first season back in 2011/2012. Admittedly he only kept three clean sheets, but he no doubt won his side important games by way of pulling off some tremendous saves. Ruddy also was awarded Norwich player of the year in the 2011/2012 league campaign.

It is open to debate whether Hart should keep his place.

It is not too much of a surprise that Hodgson is for now sticking with the Man City no.1, as he is tried and tested and has been the first choice throughout Hodgson's reign, but there is no doubting the pressure he is under to perform. 

England host Montenegro and Poland on 11th October and 15th October respectively, and the group is very much hanging in the balance.

England's progression to The FIFA World Cup in 2014 hosted by Brazil is not guaranteed by a long shot, and Hart will most likely need to be bang on the money when called upon to ensure the Three Lions progression.

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