Hodgson has 'every faith' in Hart to rediscover form

The Manchester City goalkeeper has been the subject of criticism after some below-par performances, but the England coach is confident he will shine again for club and country
England manager Roy Hodgson has backed goalkeeper Joe Hart to rediscover his best form after coming under criticism for recent Manchester City performances.

The 26-year-old was singled out by former City manager, Roberto Mancini, after a string of poor displays, and was at fault for Scotland's opener in the Three Lions' recent 3-2 win at Wembley.

More uncertainty followed in Sunday's shock 3-2 loss to Premier League newcomers Cardiff City, but Hodgson has backed "top-class" Hart to shine again for club and country.

"We all know that goalkeepers and strikers, they're the ones in the firing line the moment anything goes even marginally wrong," Hodgson told reporters.

"They're the ones everyone turns to and looks at. I'm sure Joe is confident enough and big enough to understand these things.

"Goalkeepers like Joe and at top teams like Manchester City, they don't necessarily get a lot to do. Joe with England, certain times, doesn't get a lot to do, so every time you make a mistake it's highlighted.

"I accept that, I'm sure he does. As far as I'm concerned, I've got every faith in Joe Hart. When I took the job on I thought I had a top-class goalkeeper to work with and 16 months later I still think I've got a top-class goalkeeper to work with and I'm pretty sure he'll still be getting the headlines for all the right reasons again."