Former England midfielder Alan Mullery is convinced that Joe Hart will remain the country's number one goalkeeper up to and throughout the 2014 World Cup - but also gave his backing for the nation's other stoppers to be given game time in upcoming friendlies.
The pressure on Hart has been cranked up another notch following his complete miscommunication with Matija Nastasic that allowed Fernando Torres to fire a winner into an empty net for Chelsea on Sunday.
Speaking to talkSPORT, Mullery told of his sympathy for the City 'keeper, but gave his backing to the likes of Fraser Forster and John Ruddy with reference to England's home friendlies against Germany and Chile next month.
“Roy has to experiment with the lads behind Hart in those two games," said Mullery. "And they deserve a chance.
“The worst part about being a goalkeeper is you make one mistake and get blamed, and that was a dreadful mistake. And then people start saying he’s not as good as he was."
Hart was directly at fault for James Morrison's opener for Scotland in the last friendly England played in back in August, whilst also flapping at two corners that allowed Fraizer Campbell to fire Cardiff City to an unlikely 3-2 victory against the Citizens.
Nevertheless, Mullery maintained his belief that Hart would not be displaced, adding: “He’s an excellent goalkeeper, no doubt about that, but at the moment far too many things are happening to him in games that are costing City.
“But of the three goalkeepers Roy will have in Brazil, he will be first choice.”
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