Many England fans claimed that their only world-class player heading into Euro 2016 was their goalkeeper, Joe Hart.
However, those supporters would have been swiftly backtracking on those opinions after this summer’s tournament with the Manchester City 'keeper making two massive errors.
First, Hart allowed a fairly tame Gareth Bale free-kick to creep into the corner of his net against Wales in the group stage. While Jamie Vardy and Daniel Sturridge bailed him out on that occasion, Hart had nobody to rescue him after his next mistake.
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With England drawing 1-1 with Iceland in their last-16 clash, Hart allowed a tame Kolbeinn Sigthorsson shot slip through his fingers. It was the last goal in the game as the Three Lions were embarrassed by the minnows.
After that shocking loss, Roy Hodgson resigned meaning that Sam Allardyce was given the opportunity to become the new England manager. But what does the former Sunderland boss think of Hart being number one?
Well, according to The Sun, Allardyce will only consider Hart as England’s best goalkeeper if he calms down.
The City ‘keeper was often ranting and raving in the tunnel before matches during Euro 2016 and was seen getting very animated during matches. Despite the reputation all stoppers have of being a little bit crazy, Allardyce wants Hart to chill out a little bit.
If Hart continues his antics, his new manager could call upon Jack Butland or Fraser Forster with the talented duo hoping to become the new number one for their nation.
While Allardyce may not be totally convinced on Hart, he isn’t planning to make many changes, despite their poor Euro 2016 campaign.
Allardyce on his plans
“First and foremost it is about regaining a little bit of confidence they may have lost,” he said.
“What we did in the past will just need tinkering here and there with the ideas I want rather than what happened before.”
And Gary Neville, who was England coach under Hodgson, believes that the core of players are good enough to succeed in the future.
“People look for one big reason why England keep failing,” he said.
“I’ve been an England player or coach in eight tournaments and the fall-out from this one is no different, but that group of players will achieve.
“Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Eric Dier, Adam Lallana, John Stones, Ross Barkley, Jordan Henderson and Raheem Sterling — Jack Wilshere, Chris Smalling, Danny Rose, Kyle Walker, Danny Welbeck.
“I believe they will do well without ripping up the DNA and starting again.”
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