David Seaman: 'Joe Hart criticism not helpful'

David Seaman slams criticism of Joe Hart's recent form as entirely unhelpful ahead of next week's crucial World Cup qualifiers.

Ex-England goalkeeper David Seaman has declared that Manchester City's Joe Hart needs support to overcome a patchy run of form, slamming critics as entirely unhelpful.

Hart's recent performances for club and country have come under fire, with his display in City's 3-1 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Wednesday adding fuel to the fire.

Seaman has declared that criticism did nothing to help him during his spell as England number one, while insisting that there is no doubt Hart will start England's upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Montenegro and Poland.

He told ITV Sport: "When I was playing, if other goalkeepers criticised me, it would do my head in. As an ex-goalkeeper, you know what they're going through, and you know criticism is the last thing they need.

"I had it with big, high-profile ex-goalkeepers having a go at me, it doesn't do any good at all. Everyone in England should be backing the goalkeeper and the team.

"Definitely. No doubt whatsoever [over Hart's England place]. You can't put an inexperienced goalkeeper into those games. Scott Carson [against Croatia in 2007] is a massive example of that."

Three Lions boss Roy Hodgson has also been unequivocal in his backing of Hart, insisting that the under-fire keeper remains his first choice.

Joe Hart of Manchester City shows his dissapointment during the UEFA Champions League Group D match between Manchester City and FC Bayern Munchen at Etihad Stadium on October 2, 2013
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