Hart is my number one, says Hodgson

England manager Roy Hodgson has given Joe Hart his full backing.
The Manchester City goalkeeper was criticised for his performance during Wednesday’s 3-1 Champions League defeat by Bayern Munich.
But Hodgson told a news conference: “As far as I’m concerned, Joe Hart is my number one. He has never let me down.”
Hart, 26, has been joined in the England squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Montenegro and Poland by fit-again Wayne Rooney.
The Manchester United striker missed the Champions League draw with Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday after injuring his shin in training.
Liverpool forward Daniel Sturridge also returns from injury to take his place in the squad.
Hart was at fault for two of Bayern’s three goals, failing to stop routine shots from Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben.
But Hodgson, who was at Etihad Stadium to watch Hart for himself, insists he is still ahead of Norwich City’s John Ruddy and Celtic’s Fraser Forster in the pecking order.
“I am not blind to the situation, I do realise it is not a good moment for Joe,” added Hodgson.
“He is a proud man and a very good goalkeeper and I am sure when he is criticised he is unhappy.
“I still believe in Joe, I believe he is the right man for the job and I don’t believe he will let England down.”
With two games remaining, England lie top of their qualifying group, one point ahead of Ukraine and Montenegro and three ahead of Poland.
Victories in both games would guarantee a place at the World Cup finals in Brazil next summer for Hodgson’s men.
More to follow.
England squad:
Goalkeepers: Fraser Forster, Joe Hart, John Ruddy; Defenders: Leighton Baines, Gary Cahill, Ashley Cole, Phil Jagielka, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Kyle Walker.
Midfielders Ross Barkley, Michael Carrick, Tom Cleverley, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, James Milner, Andros Townsend, Jack Wilshere.
Forwards: Jermain Defoe, Rickie Lambert, Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge, Daniel Welbeck.