Given insists Hart NOT at fault for Scotland goals and is still England’s No.1

first_imgShay Given has leapt to the defence of Joe Hart, insisting he doesn’t deserve to be axed as England’s first-choice goalkeeper.Having lost his starting spot at Manchester City, Hart is now facing a battle to keep hold of his Three Lions jersey having been criticised for his failure to keep out both of Scotland’s goals in the 2-2 draw in Saturday’s World Cup qualifier.Ex-England captain Terry Butcher has led the calls for him to be dropped and replaced by Jack Butland in the wake of his display against the Scots.But while Given is expecting big things from Butland in the future, he does not believe Hart should be discarded by Gareth Southgate just yet.Given, a former teammate of Hart’s at Manchester City, told talkSPORT: “They were two fantastic free-kicks from Leigh Griffiths.“The media and people on social media are on his case and I don’t see it. Your job as a goalkeeper is to protect your side of the goal and the wall protects the other side. Joe has protected his own side and it has gone the other side, over the wall.“It is inevitable that Jack Butland will be first choice for England. He is a fantastic goalkeeper, he has got a huge future, but Joe is in possession at the top and, for me, they weren’t mistakes against Scotland.“I thought there were two fantastic Leigh Griffiths free-kicks and it is taking credit away from Leigh Griffiths to be honest.”Hart is facing an uncertain future, with Manchester City’s decision to sign Ederson this summer ending any hopes he may have had of playing for the club again.The 30-year-old, who spent last season on loan at Torino, insists he has yet to receive any serious offers this summer, but Given reckons there will be plenty of interest in him.He added: “I would be very surprised if Joe is not in the Premier League next season. Probably not at Man City of course with the new signing they have got but another top club will be looking at Joe definitely.”last_img

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