There is no doubt that Joe Hart has an incredible amount of talent. He is a great shot-stopper for both club and country.
However, he is a player under an enormous amount of pressure at the moment, all down to his lacklustre performances added with countless number of errors made in games. The errors he makes are beyond shocking, most recently against Bayern Munich.
To make such a mistake in a game of that magnitude for Manchester City should be unthinkable, especially after you consider the history the club has developed in the Champions League over the past couple of years. You would say it was a game City needed to win to make a mark in the competition.
Despite a host of errors from the England goalkeeper, he still remains the England number one. Why exactly is this? Arrogance from manager Roy Hodgson to his other keepers? Or simply the manager believes it is better to stick by the under-pressure keeper in order to improve the player's performances.
As a player, to receive such enormous backing from the manager must be a massive confidence boost. It is immediately obvious that Hart is going through a tough spell in his career, as already stated, so would it be naive to drop the player for a drop in form? The answer is, in my opinion, yes.
There is only so much that fully backing the player can do. Evidently, managers giving their backing to Hart is not really working. The best thing to do right now is to possibly drop him for a few games. Perhaps this will encourage or motivate Hart to push his game up to the next level.
It is also a possibility that Hart has become complacent. At City, the competition for the number one spot is not that competitive. No disrespect to Costel Pantilimon, who is not necessarily a bad keeper, but he is not really up to the same quality as Hart. Perhaps that is a reason to suggest Hart's recent below par performances.
If Hodgson was to drop the England number one, then the first choice to replace him has to be Celtic's goalkeeper, Fraser Forster.
He has been in excellent form for Celtic for well over a year now. His recent performance against European giants Barcelona was magnificent. Some of the saves he made in that game were amazing. Forster does deserve a chance, there is no doubt about that. However, it would be quite silly to drop Hart so suddenly, especially with important World Cup qualifiers coming up against Montenegro and Poland.
These are massive games for England and it would be a big risk to drop Hart, even if he is in bad form. Unfortunately for Forster, his best chance of what showing what he can do in an England shirt may have to wait until the next set of England friendlies.
Ultimately, Hart should remain England number one for the time being. The priority has to be, for England, to qualify for the World Cup, then once the team has qualified, that is if they do, then Hodgson can afford to mix his goalkeepers up.
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