Hodgson’s Hart gamble

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Roy Hodgson is not a manager used to making daring decisions.

The England boss prefers the tried and trusted. He likes working with the status quo and tweaking here and there. He would never make his fortune on the gaming tables of Las Vegas. His instinct is caution.

It is why there was no surprise when he backed Joe Hart to continue between the goalposts as he named his squad for England’s World Cup qualifiers next week even though all the evidence says the Manchester City goalkeeper should be taken out of the firing line.

A couple of years ago Hart was England’s future, the rock around which the England manager could build a solid defence. He was touted as an England captain and compared with great domestic shot-stoppers such as Gordon Banks, Peter Shilton and David Seaman.

Somehow it has all gone wrong.

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