Hart set for England milestone
PUBLISHED: 09:30 05 October 2017
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West Ham United goalkeeper Joe Hart will take sole ownership of third place in the list of appearances made by England custodians if he plays against Slovenia tonight (Thursday).
Hart is set to earn his 74th cap in England’s penultimate World Cup qualifier, which would move him clear of Gordon Banks and one short of David Seaman’s 75.
Press Association Sport takes a closer look at England’s top five stoppers in terms of appearances.
Peter Shilton: 125, 1970-1990
Shilton kept a record 65 clean sheets for England and bowed out on a high after helping the team reach the World Cup semi-finals in 1990. He was also the man closest to Diego Maradona’s ‘Hand of God’ goal as Argentina defeated England in 1986. By the time he retired, Shilton had represented his country at three World Cups and two European Championships.
David Seaman: 75, 1988-2002
Seaman played a key role in England making the semi-finals at Euro 96 after saving two penalties, one against Scotland in the group stage and the next in a quarter-final shoot-out against Spain. He was considered one of the finest goalkeepers in the world at the time but his last of four major international tournaments ended in disappointment following a freak goal from Brazil’s Ronaldinho in 2002.
Joe Hart: 73, 2008-present
Hart made his senior England debut under Fabio Capello and has been the national team’s established number one since Euro 2012, when his antics during a penalty shoot-out against Italy failed to put off Andrea Pirlo. Hart’s performances have come under scrutiny more recently but new manager Gareth Southgate has so far decided against a change between the sticks.
Gordon Banks: 73, 1963-1972
Banks will forever be associated with his save that kept out Pele’s header at the 1970 World Cup but he had also been a key player four years earlier, when England were crowned world champions under Sir Alf Ramsey. They may even have repeated the feat in 1970 had Banks not fallen ill the night before England’s quarter-final exit to West Germany. Banks kept 35 clean sheets for his country and conceded only 57 goals.
Ray Clemence: 61, 1972-1983
Clemence’s international career might have been even more distinguished were it not for the presence of Shilton and an underwhelming period for the England team. His dazzling performances for Liverpool during the 1970s were testament to his class and, while often as Shilton’s back-up, Clemence has gone down as one of England’s most reliable keepers.