Joe Hart receives the backing of England manager Roy Hodgson ahead of crunch clashes
England boss Roy Hodgson has "every confidence" that goalkeeper Joe Hart will bounce back from his Champions League disappointment with Manchester City as the Three Lions look to seal their place at next year’s World Cup.
The 26-year-old received criticism following his side’s 3-1 defeat courtesy of Bayern Munich on Wednesday, with many suggesting the shot stopper could have done more to prevent the score line, but Hodgson confirmed Hart is still his man.
Speaking at Wembley after naming his squad for the upcoming qualifiers, Hodgson said: "I think goalkeepers are always going to be in that situation. The goalkeeper who lets a goal in which people think he might have saved, I'm afraid these are the people in the firing line.
"I believe that Joe will shrug this off, I'm sure that he's not happy with the criticism and he's not happy to have let in goals that he thinks he might have stopped.
"As far as I'm concerned he's never let me or the team down in the time I've been working with him.
"I have every confidence and every faith in him that he will have the confidence to put this behind him."
Hodgson added that his recent form for the Three Lions and his experience will be vital as England look to secure qualification.
"He kept clean sheets against Moldova and Ukraine,” added Hodgson.
“We've let in three goals in eight games so it'll take a lot more than one bad game for any player before I start suggesting that he is replaced by somebody.
"In these games we need experience, we need people who are tried and tested and play regularly at the top level.
"I've got great faith in Joe Hart and I've got no doubt in my mind that Joe will come through these games, will get us the results we need, and hopefully put one bad game behind him."