"As I've said before, Hart's biggest drawback has been a lack of serious competition for club and country, where he has enjoyed almost untouchable status for three years.
"It would have been a huge call for Hodgson to drop him ahead of the double header against Montenegro and Poland next week, and throw in a less experienced player for two games of massive importance.
"Hodgson cannot afford to risk hooking Hart and exposing an understudy's nerves in the same way that Steve McClaren's decision to hand Scott Carson his debut against Croatia in 2007 backfired disastrously.
"But it's a shame he has not given Fraser Forster any game time since calling him into the England squad a year ago.
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