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Hodgson still backing England keeper Hart for number one jersey

England boss Roy Hodgson is still fully supportive of England keeper Joe Hart despite some recent poor performances for club and country. "I think goalkeepers are always going to be in that situation, forwards are to a similar extent, when they have not scored for a while. A goalkeeper who lets a goal in that perhaps should have been saved are in the firing line when it comes to criticism.

"It's easy to criticise them for what is seen as a mistake rather than maybe a midfield player whose poor play created the chance for the opposition.

"I am sure Joe is not happy to have let in goals he feels he could have saved. I have every confidence and faith in him he will put this behind him. It will take a lot more than a bad game for any player before I start suggesting he should be replaced."

Hodgson, added: "As far as I'm concerned Joe Hart is my number one, he has never let me down.''

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