Roy Hodgson tips Joe Hart to earn Manchester City recall

England manager Roy Hodgson backs goalkeeper Joe Hart to reclaim his place in the Manchester City starting lineup.

England manager Roy Hodgson has reiterated his faith in Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart.

The 26-year-old has recently been dropped to the bench by City manager Manuel Pellegrini, who has instead opted to use Costel Pantilimon for Premier League matches.

However, amid doubts that Hart would be able to force his way back into the City side in time for next summer's World Cup, Hodgson has tipped the keeper to regain his place.

"I believe in Joe Hart; we won't lose faith in him but on the other hand he does need to play games and I can only hope the situation will resolve itself fairly quickly," he told Sky Sports News.

"There's a lot of time yet. I fully expect him to get back in the Man City team. There are quite a few players who have done a good job for me and are not playing in their club side or are finding it hard to break in."

Hart has made 19 appearances for club and country this season.

Costel Pantilimon of Manchester City celebrates during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Norwich City at Etihad Stadium on November 2, 2013
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