With just 58 days to go until England kick-off their World Cup campaign, England No. 1, Joe Hart is not among the world's elite list of goalkeepers, according to Peter Shilton.

Speaking to Press Association Sport, Shilton stated that Hart is not yet good enough to be put in the same bracket as Manuel Neuer of Germany or Italy's Gianluigi Buffon.

Hart was dropped earlier in the season by Manchester City boss, Manuel Pellegrini, and Shilton says the former Shrewsbury man still has flaws in his game.

"I don't think he is quite at the top at the moment because he is still young and, as we have seen this season, he is prone to mistakes," he said.

"At the moment he has been making too many errors, especially when he eventually fell out of City's side during a crucial period."

Shilton does believe that Hart can make it to the top if he adds more consistency to his game. Hart is still only 26, and most goalkeepers do not reach their prime until well in to their 30's.

He said: "At the same time he has a lot of natural ability and I like his confidence, and he gives that confidence to the defence as well.

"He still has a lot of improvement in him. When he has a couple of consistent years, you could start to say he is up there with the best in the world."

Hart is likely to be one of the first name's on Roy Hodgson's team-sheet come June 14 against Italy for their opening group match, but his deputies lack of game time in an England jersey concerns Shilton.

England's two back-up goalkeepers are likely to be chosen from trio - John Ruddy, Ben Foster and Fraser Forster. The three of them have just eight caps between them, compared to Hart's 39.

Shilton said: "There have not been a lot of games for the kids underneath Hart.

"I think between now and the World Cup, Roy will look for the time to give full matches to them, just to get them in the routine of playing for England.

"There is not much time now, Roy has to start playing what he considers to be his best team. It is a worry but I think he will give Ben Foster a full game and he is good enough to start keeping Joe on his toes. Hopefully that will create more competition."

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