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England squad for Euro 2012 - Keepers

It's a regular occurrence that an England goalkeeper has made a costly howler over the years. The likes of Paul Robinson, Scott Carson and David Seaman probably spring to mind.


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Whether it was at the 2002 World Cup when Ronaldinho's 45-yard free-kick lobbed over Seaman in the quarter-final against Brazil, or in 2008 when Gary Neville's back-pass bobbled over Paul Robinson's foot against Croatia.

However, the Three Lions now have one of the best goalkeepers in the world in Joe Hart. Keeping more clean sheets than any other Englishman in the Premier League this season, it seems as if nothing will go wrong for him - yet.

Despite producing a number of fine saves throughout the season, he has often been caught flat-footed - just ask Craig Bellamy.

And Hart has been beaten many times from the penalty spot, including two this campaign by potential captain Steven Gerrard.

Other candidates

With the assumption Hart will start in goal, who will new manager Roy Hodgson bring as his back-up goalkeepers?

Blackburn Rovers custodian Paul Robinson has big game experience, but he is currently retired from international level, while Scott Carson has worked under Hodgson at West Bromwich Albion, plus he has experience of playing in two countries and in the Champions League for Liverpool.

As well as Carson, Ben Foster also played under Hodgson at The Hawthorns, under which he was one of their top performers keeping 11 clean sheets.

Norwich City man John Ruddy has produced a series of fine displays this season in the top flight, but he has never been given a chance at senior international level and lacks big game experience.

Former England number one Robert Green (pictured) has arguably been West Ham United's best player this season, so he may also be another worthy candidate to make the final squad.

Other possibilities include David Stockdale, who has done well when called upon for Fulham, yet he isn't a first team player. Chris Kirkland has big game experience, but like Stockdale, he hasn't been playing top-level football.

Verdict: Hart as first choice, with Robert Green and Ben Foster as back-up.

By Liam Hoey

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