World Cup winner Gordon Banks backs Manchester City keeper Joe Hart to step up to Brazil test

By Paddy von Behr

Manchester City stopper Joe Hart will have his work cut out when Brazil visit Wembley on Wednesday, according to ex-England goalkeeper Gordon Banks.

Since making his debut in 2008, Hart has won 27 England caps and cemented his place as one of the top keepers in world football.

But Banks, who donned the gloves for England 73 times, thinks Wednesday’s friendly with Brazil will be one of the City man’s toughest tests yet.

“Playing against Brazil at Wembley I’m sure he will know he’ll have a bit of work to do,” said Banks.

“Joe Hart’s doing very, very well. I must admire him.

“Since he’s got into the England team he’s looked confident about what he’s doing.

“I can see them coming over to try to beat us. It’s going to be a super game.”

Since Fabio Capello’s selection dilemma at the 2010 World Cup, the 25-year-old has grown into England’s unrivalled number one between the posts.

However, the rapid rise of Stoke City new boy Jack Butland has suggested the City stopper may soon have a competition for the gloves on his hands.

But Banks, who won the World Cup with England in 1966, doesn’t see anyone taking Hart’s place in Roy Hodgson’s side for some time.

“I don’t believe there’s anybody pressurising him,” Banks added.

“I just don’t want him to get that complacency.

“He’s not all that old at all. He could go on and even get better and stay with the England team for quite a number of years.”

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