England goalkeeper gets Roy Hodgson's support - but has been warned of competition for places
Roy Hodgson revealed that England goalkeeper Joe Hart made a half-time apology on Wednesday, after conceding the opening goal against Scotland.
The Manchester City man was beaten by James Morrison’s shot in the early stages of the game at Wembley.
And Hodgson explained that Hart was quick to admit to his own error in front of his team-mates at the break, before England went on to win the game by 3-2 in the second half.
He said: "Joe was gutted, the first thing he did at half time was apologise to me for letting in the goal.
"But it is not a perfect world. Good players make mistakes, I wouldn't leave him out of the next game because he made that mistake.
"Like everyone else though, the competition for places is getting stronger.
"The important thing for Joe is to get a good start to the season with Manchester City."
Hart has been England’s first choice goalkeeper for the last three years and is a key member of the squad.
But with the likes of Ben Foster, John Ruddy, Fraser Forster and Jack Butland all providing tough competition, Hodgson says that his spot in the team isn’t guaranteed.
"I would contest Joe doesn't have competition," explained Hodgson.
"Ben Foster is a good goalkeeper and now we have the experienced John Ruddy back as well. Jack Butland also has talent.
"We might not have 20, but we have a good four or five.
"So Joe's place is as much open to competition as anyone else's.
"I can't give guarantees but I hope I am not going to be the type of guy who chops and changes at every mistake but I will be watching him closely in the coming games.
"Hopefully he will produce a few wonder games for City."