Joe Hart essentially has a 10-month long audition during his loan at West Ham. Success will not be joining the Hammers permanently, rather this season will determine how the rest of his career unfolds as he looks to return to the highest level. It is very much 'make or break'.
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With little appetite from either the player or club to extend his loan, Hart will surely return to England next season seeking a new home. Whether prospective buyers will now see him as a safe pair of hands to be plucked out of the market like a tame cross, or as a 'butterfly catcher' to be punched away at all costs remains to be seen.
Whoever takes over, listen: play Dele Alli as a number 10. Play Harry Kane as a number 9. Play Jamie Vardy as a striker. Play Wayne Rooney in midfield. Play with wingers (real wingers, not Sturridge and Vardy). And never, ever, let Kane take a set piece ever again. Ever.
It never ceases to amaze me just how erratic the English nation can become, in reaction to a weekend of International friendly fixtures. The valiant 3-2 win over Germany naturally provoked talks of Euro 2016 glory. In a matter of days fans returned to the all too familiar English football reality of dread and despair following our defeat to the Netherlands.
Accustomed to watching their side roll over teams at home week after week, the City fans were again left in shock after a spirited Newcastle performance sent Pellegrini's men crashing out of the cup at only the second time of asking. There were no excuses for a crestfallen City.
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Joe Hart was almost ridiculed by Andrea Pirlo again on Saturday when the Italian's stunning free-kick hit his crossbar, however
Hart saved brilliantly from Steven Naismith in the second-half Visibly less cocksure these days, it was noticeable how he
England are in a tricky group, and therefore a tricky situation as far as expectation goes. They aren't even favourites to make it out the group, let alone win the thing, so taking a squad of youngsters to experience the atmosphere of a major tournament, without concentrating on progress is one line of thought.
Joe "Hartdog" Hart has barely made a mistake since he returned from his belated demotion, having allowed Costel Pantilimon