England boss Sam Allardyce says that goalkeeper Joe Hart will be in the squad for the World Cup qualifier against Slovakia, despite losing his place at Manchester City.
Hart has been left on the bench by new Citizens head coach Pep Guardiola since the latter’s arrival at the Etihad Stadium, but Allardyce is set to keep faith with a player who already has won 63 international caps.
In terms of picking Joe and what a goalkeeper he is, he’ll be in the squad definitely.Sam Allardyce
Hart has lost his place at City to Willy Caballero, with Guardiola also expected to complete the signing of Barcelona keeper Claudio Bravo before the end of the month.
Twenty-nine-year-old Hart has been linked with a possible loan move, with the likes of Everton, Sevilla and Borussia Dortmund all mentioned as potential destinations.
However, his struggles have made little impact on Allardyce, who has the likes of Fraser Forster and Tom Heaton as possible replacements, with Jack Butland currently sidelined by injury.
Allardyce told Sky Sports: “In terms of picking Joe and what a goalkeeper he is, he’ll be in the squad definitely, but going forward I don’t know what will happen until I’ve spoken to him and that will be the same for most of the players.
“I want to know what frame of mind they’re in and make the right selection for Slovakia away.
“I think that the problem for any player that you want to select for England is not playing games for their team.
“They’ll be some lads that come here who don’t play on a regular basis, but I’ll select those who are in the best form and playing games.”
England are priced at 4/11 to top World Cup Qualifying Group F, while Slovakia are available at 5/1 and Scotland can be backed at 8/1.