England manager Sam Allardyce has revealed that he will call on Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart in his first squad selection.
Despite not being the first-choice for Pep Guardiola in the first couple of matches of the new season, Allardyce says that he will call up the 29-year-old netminder for the World Cup qualifier against Slovakia.
“I think so. He’d be in the squad definitely but I won’t know what we’re going to do until I speak to Joe and that will be the same for most of the players,” Allardyce told Sky Sports.
“I want to know what frame of mind they’re in and make the right selection for Slovakia away.”
Willy Caballero has gotten the vote of confidence by Guardiola to guard the City net in their first three matches. And with Claudio Bravo looking to be on his way to the Etihad Stadium, Hart’s future at the club is uncertain. Allardyce admitted that it’s a problem that Hart hasn’t seen any playing time yet this season.
“I think the problem for any player that you want to select for England, not just in isolation, is that it’s a concern if that player isn’t playing for his team,” Allardyce said.
“You have to have your doubts about that but I don’t really know where he lies in that process at the moment.
“When we pick the first squad there will be some lads that don’t play on a regular basis and we’ve talked about that many times before.
“Are they our best players? Yes. Are they fit and on form? Yes. Are all of the players in the England squad playing every week? No, and at the moment that’s a problem we have to overcome.”