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England's Euro 2012 squad options - Goalkeeper: Hart, Carson, Foster or Stockdale?

Barnaby Read     on 09 May 12:15 pm     Football     1,260   0   6  

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Manchester City's Joe Hart is a nailed-on certainty to fill the goalkeeper's shirt during England's campaign in Poland and Ukraine with Roy Hodgson's only decision being who will be his understudy. With no other English goalkeeper starting for any of the Premier League's top eight sides, Hodgson will have to pick one or two potential understudies from a rather shallow pool of options.

Joe Hart, 25, (Manchester City) - 17 caps

FOR - The 25 year-old is one man guaranteed of his spot in Roy Hodgson's squad and one of the only players to be sure of selection for the tournament opener against France at the Donbass Arena on the 11th June. The Man City stopper has kept 17 clean sheets for City this season and has provided the backbone to their tilt at the Premier League title. Confident, vocal and a fine stopper, Hart is essential to any potential English success this summer.

AGAINST - Hart's inclusion is all-but guaranteed and will only be denied his status as first-choice 'keeper if he suffers an injury in-between now and the announcement of the squad. The nation crosses its collective fingers that this is pure speculation and not foresight.

Scott Carson, 26, (Bursaspor) - 4 caps

FOR - Carson was a permanent fixture in the Turkish outfit's side this year which had the sixth best defence in the Turkish Super Lig with the former Manchester United, Birmingham and West Brom 'keeper denying the opposition in 13 of the 34 fixtures. A constant understudy to Hart in Capello's squads, Carson is likely to resume the role in Poland and Ukraine.

AGAINST - Carson is yet to prove he can hack it in the Premier League after indifferent spells with various clubs and has been performing in a league which has been undertaking one of the largest investigations into match fixing in sporting history. Hodgson wouldn't have seen a lot of his performances this season and this may well hinder his chances of selection.

Ben Foster, 29, (West Bromwhich Albion on loan from Birmingham City) - 5 caps

FOR - Foster has been excellent whilst at West Brom this season under Hodgson's guidance and may be tempted out of retirement by his current club's coach for this summer's tournament. After retirement nearly a year to the day, Foster's inclusion is much down to the player's own desire to return to the international fold that he turned his back to reduce the likelihood of picking up "niggling injuries".

AGAINST - Foster has retired from international football and would have, surely, easily resisted selection had it not been for Hodgson's appointment. His performances are of a goalkeeper ready to return to international football but it remains to be seen whether he's mentally up for a u-turn on his retirement.

David Stockdale, 26, (Fulham) - 0 caps

FOR - After impressing in Australian Mark Schwarzer's absence last year, Stockdale was exceptional on loan at Ipswich this season before returning to Fulham as a result to Schwarzer's injury last December. Following a string of fine performances, Stockdale was called up to the England side for the Euro 2012 qualifier against Switzerland before withdrawing due to injury.

AGAINST - Stockdale is inexperienced at the top level and although he has immense potential hasn't quite done enough to dislodge Schwarzer from the Fulham starting XI. Whilst he hasn't let his club side down when called upon, just sixteen Premier League appearances may well be too few for inclusion but is probably enough to put himself ahead of Rob Green on Hodgson's list of recruits.

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