Should Joe Hart Be England's No. 1 at The World Cup?

Andrew EwingContributor IMarch 2, 2010

NOTTINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 31:  Joe Hart of England screams at his defence during the Friendly International match between England U21 and France U21 at the City Ground on March 31, 2009 in Nottingham, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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If rumours are to be believed, England boss Fabio Capello may start Joe Hart against Egypt at Wembley tomorrow night.

Hart, with one cap to his name already, has a great chance to impress Capello and go to the World Cup in South Africa as England's number one.

No player has been able to make the spot his own since the retirement of David Seaman.

Paul Robinson had a good run until that night in Zagreb where he failed to deal with and clear a Gary Neville back-pass.

Steve McClaren tried Scott Carson between the sticks for the return match at Wembley but he also made a number of errors and England failed to qualify for the Euro 2008 finals.

Neither of those two players have been able to impress new boss Capello.

Capello has often opted for the experience of David James but with James in a struggling Portsmouth side and suffering from niggling injuries, this could be Hart's chance to prove he has what it takes to be England's No. 1.

Hart has spent this season on loan at Birmingham from Manchester City and has turned in some spectacular performances.

Hart was instrumental in their unbeaten run earlier in the season and Birmingham currently sit eighth in the Premier League.

What has been particularly impressive is Hart's shot-stopping ability and command of his area.

Capello has previously said he would pick his side based on form and no English goalkeeper is displaying better than Hart.

England are currently facing defensive uncertainty with long-term injuries to full-backs Glen Johnson and Ashley Cole, John Terry's dip in form, Wayne Bridge's decision to quit the England team and captain Rio Ferdinand's bad back.

A goalkeeper in good form will be imperative if England are to perform to expectation this summer in South Africa.