England squad: Roy Hodgson confirms goalkeeper Joe Hart will sit out match with either Chile or Germany at Wembley
Hart has been dropped by his Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini and Hodgson admits that he will use one of the Wembley matches to look at his other options
England manager Roy Hodgson has confirmed that goalkeeper Joe Hart will only start one of the upcoming international friendlies against Chile and Germany, with either Fraser Forster of John Ruddy set to get a run out between the sticks at Wembley.
Hart has already been dropped by Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini for a string of mistakes for his club, although the 26-year-old has so far not slipped up for the Three Lions.
Although Hart was named in the 28-man squad for the international friendlies, Hodgson admitted that he only intends to start the City shot-stopper in one of the matches, although stressed that he remains the nation’s number one.
"He will start one of two games, yes," Hodgson said. "But I don't think he'll start both.
"It's important for me to look at one of the other goalkeepers, possibly both. But I can say Joe will definitely start one of the games as he's our number one goalkeeper."
Hodgson refused to criticise Pellegrini’s decision to name Costel Pantilimon in goal for City’s last three matches, with the Romanian conceding a total of two goals in the League Cup win over Newcastle, the Premier League demolition of Norwich and the Champions League triumph over CSKA Moscow.
"Every manager must manage his club in the way he thinks is the best way to manage the club and make the decision regarding players that he must make,” admitted the England boss.
"I do the same thing. As far as I'm concerned I look at the English goalkeepers who are available and then I choose the ones I want. Having chosen the ones I want, I then pick the one I think is best to play in goal.
"Up to now that's been Joe Hart and will continue to be so, certainly for these games.
"Manuel Pellegrini at Man City is totally entitled to do the job he wants to do with the club."
Hodgson added five players to the squad that earned World Cup qualification with wins over Montenegro and Poland, with Jay Rodriguez and Adam Lallana set to make their international debut while Glen Johnson, Kieran Gibbs and Jordan Henderson all returned after spells out of the squad.
Rodriguez has netted four times for Southampton who sit happily in sixth position in the Premier League table, while his team-mate and Saints captain Lallana has impressed many with his displays leading to his second call-up to the international squad.
Gibbs and Henderson have been rewarded for good starts to the season as well after Arsenal and Liverpool led the way early on – the Gunners remain top after stretching to a five-point lead with victory over the Reds last time out – while Johnson is fit again having recovered from an ankle injury he picked up at the beginning September.
Speaking about the Saints’ duo inclusion, Hodgson said: "Adam was with us once a long time ago but he came in late and didn't play, but we did see him in training.
"We've been following him very closely and he's played a major part in Southampton's rise to the top this season. It was quite obvious we would pick him.
"When it comes to Rodriguez, Danny Welbeck at the moment has been injured. We hope he'll be fit to play but I see in Rodriguez someone who could fill that Welbeck role.
"He's a wide forward who likes to go forward and attack people even without the ball and get in the penalty box. We think he's played well for Southampton and think this might be an interesting opportunity for him."
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