Andy Carroll’s last-minute equaliser should secure West Ham’s Premier League status for another season but Joe Hart could be forgiven for having another thought in his mind after yet another costly error. The long-time England No 1 is earmarked as Gareth Southgate’s senior figure in the squad for this summer’s World Cup, but the mistakes just keep on coming.
Hart’s inability to deal with Xherdan Shaqiri’s low shot from the edge of the box allowed Peter Crouch to turn the ball into the net. It should have been a routine save for a man with 75 England caps and two Premier League titles but in the week that he turns 31 and is, in theory, entering the prime years of his career, Hart’s form continues to underwhelm
Joe Hart’s costly error in West Ham’s 1-1 draw against Stoke surely ends his hopes of reclaiming his England place, but should he even go the World Cup this summer?
According to Opta’s statistics, Monday’s mistake was the fourth that Hart has made this season leading directly to an opposition goal in only 18 appearances for West Ham. Alarmingly, that is as many such errors as every other English goalkeeper in the Premier League has made this season between them in a total of 179 appearances.
In contrast to Hart, that same data shows that 25-year-old Nick Pope is yet to make such an error in his 30 Premier League appearances for Burnley this season. And yet, with the in-form goalkeeper remaining uncapped despite having been included in Southgate’s England squad last month, it would seem Hart remains the favourite to go to Russia.
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