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
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.
“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 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.”