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Nasri: Hart 'easily' one of world's top five keepers

The France international reiterates the club's backing of its goalkeeper despite several mistakes this season, comparing him to the likes of Manuel Neuer and Gianluigi Buffon.

Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart "easily" remains one of the top five keepers in the world, according to teammate Samir Nasri.

Hart conceded three goals in his side's midweek Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich, fumbling the opener from Franck Ribery and receiving criticism for the third from Arjen Robben. Nasri believes that he remains one of the best goalkeepers in the world, though, backing him as England's No. 1 amid speculation over his starting place for the Three Lions' World Cup qualifying fixtures.

"I think it's [Manuel] Neuer, Joe Hart and maybe Hugo Lloris - then [Gianluigi] Buffon too," Nasri told reporters when asked where he feels the England international ranks in his position. "Joe is in the world's top five, easily. I am not worried about him. For the first time in a long time, England have a world-class goalkeeper."

The France international expects his colleague to return to form in Saturday's early kick-off against Everton, where City looks to bounce back from Premier League defeat to Aston Villa as well as the loss to Bayern.

"When you are a top player like Joe, you don't have problems with confidence," Nasri said. "Sometimes you can have a rough patch but he knows everyone is behind him at the club.

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