World Cup Fever

Joe Hart looks to be in World Cup driving seat

“Hey Capello! I’m your number one!”

Joe Hart

Wayne Rooney aside, it’s hard to think of an England World Cup player who isn’t having – at best – a stuttering season, with regards to form or fitness. Or off-field sex scandals.

The defence has endured a shambolic time of it – the two main wing backs injured, one central defender patching up his private life, the new captain not having the best of seasons. The story is much the same in the midfield, with Stevie G enduring probably his worst campaign for years, Lennon screaming on the treatment table, and only Lampsie and Barry producing consistent – but not mind-blowing – football.

So it’s all up for grabs – especially between the sticks, where, really, there are no guarantees. David James is caught up in the Portsmouth whirlwind of ridiculousness, so step forward Joe Hart, earmarked to start against Egypt next week, and one of the few World Cup pretenders with a genuine shot at gatecrashing the team.

He’s had a brilliant season on loan at Birmingham from Man City, and the word on the street is that a number of teams will be doing frantic battle for his thumb print when the transfer window creaks open in the summer.

Certainly, should he replicate his Birmingham form for England next week, and the jersey could be his to lose.

Is there a better option in goal on current form? Would it be madness to start him at the World Cup?

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