Fellow England goalkeeper John Ruddy has been the latest in a string of supporters for Joe Hart after his Bayern Munich blunder saw him at the receiving end of critics sharp tongues.

There has been talk of Roy Hodgson dropping the 26-year-old, after Manchester City's UEFA Champions League 3-1 loss to Bayern Munich at the Etihad Stadium last Wednesday - the day before the England squad was announced.

Hart fumbled Franck Ribery's long range effort to the back of the net, and conceded a further two goals as Bayern dominated the field throughout the match.

Manchester City also lost at the hands of Cardiff and Aston Villa and Hart has been under scrutiny ever since.

Despite that though, he remains Hodgon's first choice goalkeeper.

Critics need to start cutting Hart some slack - of his 35 games for England he has only seen the Three Lions lose twice.

In that timeframe however, 21 matches have finished in victory, and 12 drawn. Surely that says something for his long term ability?!

He kept clean sheets in England's previous World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine, so this recent dip in form is, well, really recent.

Support has come flooding in from the likes of Steven Gerrard, Hodgson, and today, fellow England keeper John Ruddy who described him as a "top-drawer keeper".

He went on to say: "I've been in situations before when people are questioning you. It's never nice. Without being too patronising, I felt sorry for him.

"Nine times out of 10 when a keeper makes a mistake, the ball goes in the back of the net."

He added" "We're a strange bunch, but you have to be. The self-confidence and self-belief that you have as an individual has to be right up there."

England take on Montenegro on Friday in their penultimate World Cup qualifier - and the side are yet to lose a Group H match.

Perhaps critics should hold their tongues until after that match - who knows, Hart may just pull his form back out the shadows!

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