Friday, 8 November 2013

England dropping Joe Hart too could crush him mentally warns Roy Hodgson

England dropping Joe Hart too could crush him mentally warns Roy Hodgson

Three Lions' boss expects his error-stricken first-choice keeper to be back in Manchester City's side long before the World Cup

Keep the faith: Joe Hart will return predicts England manager Hodgson
Keep the faith: Joe Hart will return predicts England manager Hodgson

Laurence Griffiths
Roy Hodgson fears the psychological consequences if he follows Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini and drops Joe Hart.
England boss Hodgson confirmed Hart is likely to start the friendly with Germany on November 19, despite being benched by City - although Fraser Forster or John Ruddy will get their first start against Chile four days earlier.
And the Three Lions' manager admitted the risk of destroying Hart's self-confidence was a major factor in his intention to show backing for his unchallenged No 1.
Hodgson said: "It's very important for me to keep faith in him, I think. If I also show a lack of faith in him, which he would regard as very undeserving after what he has done for England, it would definitely affect his confidence negatively.
"I never had any intention of doing that and, although I haven't spoken to Manuel yet, I would think he would expect me to play Joe because I'm sure that he hasn't lost faith in him as a goalkeeper."
Hodgson, though, conceded: "I would be a lot more concerned if Joe Hart never gets his place back in the team.
"If, in the spring, as we are building up to the World Cup, he was a constant reserve, never getting a game of football, that would bother me.
"I will cross that bridge when I come to it, but I firmly believe that Joe is such a good goalkeeper that he will get back in the Manchester City team sooner or later.
"I'm not convinced in my own mind that Manuel has written Joe Hart off in any way. Maybe he thought withdrawing him from the firing line might be a good thing.

"Unfortunately, I can't withdraw him from the firing line.
"He'll play for England. He'll be in the firing line there, with regard to people judging his performances.
"But he was very much like that in the last two games we played, against Montenegro and Poland, and he came out of that with flying colours."
* FRANK LAMPARD is set to get the chance to mark joining the England 100 Club by captaining the side against Chile next week.
Chelsea ace Lampard followed Steven Gerrard and Ashley Cole into the elite group of England centurions when he appeared in September's draw in Ukraine.
But, with the focus on World Cup qualification against Montenegro and Poland last month, the presentation of his "golden cap" ceremony was delayed until next Friday's Wembley warm-up friendly.
Lampard is set to be skipper for the sixth time in the match with the South Americans - Gerrard will be rested - with Hodgson preparing to ring the changes for the game against Germany on November 19.
Hodgson said: "I don't think we'll see two different sides. We do have plans to make some changes, but it won't go as far as two completely different sides."

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