Arsenal's number one Woijech Szczesny has given counterpart Joe Hart a much-needed boost in his bid to rediscover his form by labelling the Manchester City stopper 'one of the best in the world'.
The English 'keeper has been dropped by Manuel Pellegrini after a string of high-profile errors, culminating in his mistake leading to Fernando Torres' winner at Stamford Bridge two weeks ago.
He was also at fault for two of Bayern Munich's goals in their Champions League encounter at the Etihad, as well as letting James Morrison's tame effort through his grasp in England's game against Scotland in August.
But Szczesny, who has been in fine form this season helping Arsenal reach the Premier League's summit after 11 games, sees Hart as one of the best goalkeepers on the planet.
"I personally rate him as one of the best, if not the best, goalkeepers in world football.
"Age has this thing where you're not as consistent as an older goalkeeper is.
"If you look at Petr Cech, he's been amazingly consistent over the last four or five years, but at our age you don't have that. So it makes it more exciting," said the Pole.
Hart kept the England number one jersey in their final World Cup qualifying game against Poland despite his mistakes, but the new Manchester City boss Pellegrini did not repay him the same faith shown by Roy Hodgson after his mistake against title rivals Chelsea cost them a deserved point in west London.
He is likely to keep his place for the national side's upcoming friendlies against Chile and Germany at Wembley, although Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster is pushing for a starting berth after impressing in the Scottish Premier League and the Hoops Champions League campaign.
Romanian Costel Pantillimon has been between City's posts for the last three games, keeping two clean sheets and conceding only one, but Szczesny is backing Hart to prove he is still one of the best.
"Forget the last couple of weeks where it has been very difficult and he's been dropped. I suppose everyone has to go through that.
"Over the last couple of years, he was the most consistent and one of the best - it's hard to say the best - goalkeepers in the world, and I'm sure he will prove that to people even though he's been through difficult times."
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