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England goalkeeper stituation, difficult selection dilemma

DATE: 14.04.2018 - SOCCERVOICE - BLOG - SEASON 2017-18

Joe Hart is no longer a certain first choice for England, but he will be in contention with a number of other goalkeepers


The heritage is huge, with names such as Gordon Banks and Peter Shilton to follow. Since "Shilts" stepped down after the 1990 World Cup, it's been a bit of a problem to find that certain player that would be the perfect pick.

David Seaman, David James and Joe Hart are all goalkeepers with a great number of caps and Hart is still in contention, but not really a reliable choice. So who are the most impressive among the candidates.

Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope has been very impressive this season, and if you look at the Premier League title, he is in the top of the list, if you look at the leauge position at the moment.
 

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Tom Heaton who at the moment is understudy to Pope and not able to get back in the first team after fantastic performances from the former Charlton Athletic man Pope. Heaton is actually another candidate for Gareth Southgate, but not probably at the moment.

Joe Hart will, if he continues to play for West Ham on a regular basis until the end of the season, be a candidate and probably be included in the squad for Russia. He has great routine and experience and should be given one of the three places.

Jack Butland is by many pundits looked up and as the man to take over from Hart, but his performances at Stoke has not been up there on the top shelf and he has not really impressed heavilly when given the chance in the England team.
 

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24 year old Jordan Pickford is another candidate. The Everton goalkeeper is a steady up and coming goalkeeper. The list is not longer and other candidates such as Fraser Forster and Ben Foster are today not really anything else than emergency candidates.

We would like to see Nick Pope being the first choice, but Southgate has not yet given the 25 year old his debut and could risky to do that in the World Cup, so hopefully he will see a possible chance in the next games for the Burnley man.

To sum up, Gareth Southgate should include Nick Pope, Joe Hart and Jordan Pickford. A close race for Butland, but watching Pope you believe he is the best goalkeeper in England at the moment.
 


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