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England manager Roy Hodgson has given Joe Hart a ringing endorsement, despite the Manchester City goalkeeper's high-profile errors in the defeat to Bayern Munich this week.
Shaun Custis of The Sun (subscription required) is among a number of reporters to note that Hodgson views Hart as one of the reasons England will qualify for the 2014 World Cup finals.
I believe in Joe Hart. I have no doubt he’ll get us through and will put that bad form behind him.
He went through a bad period against Bayern because he let in three and people are suggesting he should have saved two of them.
But we’ve only let in three goals in eight games. Joe has never let me or the team down.
However, Neil Ashton of the Daily Mail reports that Hodgson is concerned that Hart's lack of confidence could be transmitted to other England players.
Meanwhile, Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon believes Hodgson should turn to Celtic No. 1 Fraser Forster, reports Chris Richards of the Daily Mirror.
In other news, Hodgson will become the first serving England manager to appear on Match of the Day on Saturday night, reports Martin Lipton of the Daily Mirror.
The former West Brom boss will line up in the studio alongside presenter Gary Lineker, who criticised the England team last month, as Lipton highlighted.