Hart will not give up England No.1 jersey without a fight

The Manchester City shot-stopper has praised the competition for places between the sticks, but is adamant that he wants to hang onto his starting spot in Roy Hodgson’s side
Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart has welcomed the return of Ben Foster to the England fold, but is determined to fight off competition from the West Brom keeper.

Foster spent two years on a break from the national team but was persuaded to re-join the Three Lions squad by former club boss Roy Hodgson.

Hart is delighted that the England goalkeeping ranks – which also included Celtic keeper Fraser Forster – are so well stocked with talent and believes they can push him to be a better goalkeeper.

"It's great to see Ben. He is a consistent performer, someone I get on well with, when we train and to play against," Hart told reporters.

"It's good to have keepers like that around. There are three top quality keepers here plus Jack Butland and Jon Ruddy, and everywhere you look there is good talent.

"Is Foster good enough to push me? Yes, but I've felt that every time I've come away with England.

"My job when I was first involved was to really push hard. We all train like we are going to play and and push each other and it's really good.

"If anyone of the three played, then we'd be in a strong position."

But with so much added competition, Hart knows he has to fight to keep his starting spot and the 25-year-old is eager to go to Brazil in 2014 as England’s first-choice.

"I'm in that privileged spot at the moment," Hart continued. "I didn't dream of this spot because I didn't think it would happen.

"I'm doing what I've always wanted to do, I love it, I'll keep working and training hard if there are no keepers or 1,000 keepers.

"That No.1 spot is one I want to keep and last summer [Euro 2012] was a real high point in my career."