Roy Hodgson intends to give Joe Hart another show of support on Tuesday by repeating that the Manchester City goalkeeper's erratic form does not threaten his England place for the next round of World Cup qualifiers. Hodgson will reassure Hart that he has his backing when the England manager announces his squad for the game against Moldova at Wembley on 6 September and the trip to Ukraine for the match in Kiev four days later.
Hart's mistake in his club's 3-2 defeat at Cardiff on Sunday follows Hodgson's admission that he would be looking "closely" at the goalkeeper's form in the wake of a worse error in England's win against Scotland a fortnight ago. Hodgson warned Hart at the time that his place could not be guaranteed but he wants to show his faith in the man who has always been his first-choice goalkeeper, particularly when Ben Foster will almost certainly miss out because of the injury he suffered in West Brom's game at Everton on Saturday. John Ruddy will be promoted to second choice with either Jack Butland or Fraser Forster added to the squad.
Daniel Sturridge's impressive start to the season with Liverpool means he will return to the squad and Andy Carroll's ongoing absence through injury pretty much guarantees Rickie Lambert will keep his place after his debut goal against Scotland.
Hodgson and his assistant, Ray Lewington, watched Andros Townsend excel for Tottenham in their win against Swansea City on Sunday, having been to Goodison Park the previous day to monitor Ross Barkley. Hodgson was impressed with both but it is not clear whether an extra place in the squad will be made available.
The squad will convene on Monday when Hodgson intends to have a group meeting to reiterate his message before the Scotland game that anyone under public scrutiny, such as Wayne Rooney over his future and Hart over his form, has to concentrate fully on qualifying for the World Cup.