England to leave Joe Hart out against Chile

Manchester City goalkeeper will make way for either Norwich’s John Ruddy or Celtic’s Fraser Forster

 Goalkeeper Joe Hart will not start England’s international against Chile at Wembley on Friday. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Goalkeeper Joe Hart will not start England’s international against Chile at Wembley on Friday. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Thu, Nov 14, 2013, 15:25

Joe Hart will not start for England in their international friendly against Chile on Friday.

Hart, who has been England’s unanimous choice between the sticks over recent years, was recently dropped by club side Manchester City after a series of mistakes.

Roy Hodgson has now followed suit by admitting Hart will not line up against Chile, although to an extent the manager will be experimenting with either Fraser Forster or John Ruddy owing to the fact that World Cup qualification is sewn up.

“Joe Hart won’t be starting, you will have to work out for yourself which of the others won’t,” he said on Thursday.

Hodgson is without captain Steven Gerrard and defender Kyle Walker through injury, while he has also lost Southampton’s Rickie Lambert at the last minute.

He has conceded that Frank Lampard will captain the side to commemorate recently passing 100 caps, while he said Southampton duo Adam Lallana and Jay Rodriquez would play a part.

“I don’t want to get drawn into it (naming his team). I haven’t spoken to the players about the team,” he added. “Frank knows and I have spoken to the Southampton boys and told them they will feature. That’s all I’m going to say.”

On striker Lambert, Hodgson said: “It happened yesterday in training. It’s not a massive injury but a muscle injury that will keep him out on Friday.”

Gerrard and Walker are expected to be back for Tuesday’s meeting with Germany, while Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge is also likely to duck out until then as he manages a problem.

“Gerrard and Kyle Walker won’t be taking any part and that has always been on my agenda,” Hodgson said. “They will recover from minor injury problems that have plagued them and will concentrate on the second game and not the first one.

“Daniel has been doing some work and the chances are he will be spared for the second game.”

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