The England fans in the Transfer Tavern have been discussing who should be England’s No.1 when they travel to Russia in the summer for the World Cup. They’ve also been slating Ray Parlour – who claimed that Joe Hart should be on the plane as England’s third choice ahead of Burnley’s Nick Pope, despite the number of mistakes made by Hart and the excellent form of Pope.
Errors that have lead to opposition goals:
Hart – br>Every other English keeper in the Premier League – br>
So should he be part of the England squad this summer?
Ray Parlour explains why he should go to Russia… pic.twitter.com/CWLoBrvk1c
— The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast (@SportsBreakfast) 17 April 2018
England fans at the moment aren’t looking forward to the World Cup too much. Gareth Southgate has a mammoth job on his hands with a number of positions still up in the air. The spot between the sticks has come in for a lot of debate, although there are still other questions being asked. Who will start at full-back? Will we go with a back three or a back four? Who’s wearing the captain’s armband? Who starts in central midfield? Hopefully, Southgate has a plan to iron out the creases before we travel, although a number of fans aren’t sure.
Last night provided another twist for the England team though, as Joe Hart went up against Jack Butland when West Ham hosted Stoke last night. Both ‘keepers made errors that eventually led to the ball ending up in the net, although you can defend Butland’s whilst Hart’s was dreadful. The costly errors have led to yet more debate over who the three shot-stoppers going to Russia will be and as Ray Parlour has come out and publicly stated he’d take Hart over Nick Pope, a number of fans have hit out at the Romford Pele for his choice.
You can read our local Three Lions fans’ verdict on Parlour’s choice here:
He's experienced…… in failure what is it with English media and experience pickford butland and pope should go
— liam (@liamstokey) April 17, 2018
It’s all irrelevant because lets face it we won’t be winning the whole tournament will we .
— Leeroy_Senior (@aka_senior_84) 17 April 2018
Everyone is trying to pick between Pickford and Butland for the number 1 shirt it’s pope for me. He’s never in the headlines for making mistakes so he must be doing something right. Also his team are pushing Arsenal for 6th while the rest are in a relegation Battle
— Gareth Lumb (@1lumby13) April 17, 2018
100% NO. Experience of consistent failure is NOT good experience to bring to a squad… plus he is awful. Utterly awful!!! Not even prem quality anymore. People need to acknowledge present day facts, not decade old nostalgia
— Darren Perry (@mrdarrenperry) 17 April 2018
Needs to drop down a few leagues. Poor footballer. International games are usually decided on 1 goal. We'd be knocked out early on if he made his usual mistakes. Remember last tournament? And Rob green
— Sam Duffelen (@samduffelen) April 17, 2018
Hart is a terrible keeper After the show i ask Parlour to watch a DVD of the Iceland game. Hart has experience of failing at a major tournaments.Take Pope he is the best
— Usmanov Arsenal (@PiersMoron13) April 17, 2018
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no chance his time has past, he cost england in euro 2016 and he has lost west ham some important points this season. You have to take in form players, Pickford has to start then its a toss up between Pope and Butland for the number 2 goalie.
— richard p (@rpercy39) April 17, 2018
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