as reported by arsenal.com,
Any hope Joe Hart had of making England’s squad for this summer’s World Cup may have vanished on Monday night as he made yet another costly mistake.
In the 79th minute of West Ham vs Stoke City at the London Stadium, with the deadlock yet to be broken, the 30-year-old dropped a clanger to give the away side the lead.
Hart spilled Xherdan Shaqiri’s relatively tame strike straight into the path of Peter Crouch, who made no mistake in finding the bottom corner.
Cue chants from the travelling fans of ‘England’s No 4′ as Hart picked himself up and was forced to apologise to his teammates.
His blushes were spared, though, as West Ham would later score a 90th-minute equaliser through Andy Carroll’s stunning volley.
Hart’s steady decline has been sad to watch for football fans and for Gary Neville, it’s concerning that England haven’t got a No.1 goalkeeper right now.
“I think I’d be worried because I thought neither of them covered themselves in glory,” said Neville of Hart and Jack Butland on Monday Night Football.
HART NO LONGER GOOD ENOUGH
“Hart had a nightmare for that goal and you think about the pressure of a World Cup and the form you need going into a World Cup, it’s a serious competition that will eat you alive.
“And Butland, to me, didn’t display great confidence in the difficult moments when balls came into the box. It was a tough, tough night for him.
“The goal that was disallowed for offside, I thought Butland should have saved it anyway. I didn’t think it was a good night for either of them.
“It’s a massive concern not to have surety in the goalkeeping position and Jordan Pickford looks to be the number one going into the tournament, away from home in Russia, which is a tough ask.”
At the very most, Hart is third in the pecking order where English goalkeepers are concerned, although there’s embarrassing evidence to suggest he should be much lower.
Per Sky Sports’ Adam Bate, Hart has made four errors leading to goals in 18 appearances this season – the same as the other English Premier League goalkeepers combined (189 appearances).
That includes Butland, Pickford and Burnley’s Nick Pope, who has been outstanding for Sean Dyche’s side and made far fewer mistakes than Hart in general.
The writing is on the wall for Hart. He’s no longer the best England has to offer in goal and he just makes too many mistakes to be trusted at the World Cup.
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