Hart replaced for France friendly
England - France

Hart replaced for France friendly

Tom Heaton and Jack Butland will play a half each in England's friendly against France despite Gareth Southgate backing the Manchester City keeper.

Joe Hart, who spent last season on loan at Torino, played against Scotland at the weekend and conceded two goals from free kicks, receiving criticism from some quarters.

The England boss deflected him from that and insisted that he always planned to use Heaton and Butland in Paris on Turesday.

At a press conference ahead of the international friendly, Southgate said: "It was never my intention to play Joe (Hart) in this game. Tom Heaton has had an outstanding season and we've got to make sure people feel involved.

"You need to give people game time; in the past one or two goalkeepers have given up international football because they haven't had the chance.

"Jack (Butland) is coming back from an injury and he has been our No 2. We think he can challenge for the number one spot going forward."

Southgate added that both goals at Hampden Park had been great free kicks and they had discussed trying to avoid conceding them in dangerous areas rather than blaming anyone for the two on Saturday, both scored by Leigh Griffiths.

Harry Kane equalised for England in that game, deep into injury time and Southgate confirmed that the Tottenham striker would once again captain the side for the game in France.

Hart has made 71 appearances for his country but says he is yet to receive any offers for next season. He is not expected to stay at Manchester City, especially as Pep Guardiola has just bought Ederson Moraes for ВЈ35m from Benfica.

England are 7/2 to win on Tuesday night with France backed at 17/20.

England are priced at 1/50 to qualify for next year's World Cup finals in Russia.

View all Soccer betting

Betting on WORLD CUP 2018 QUALIFIERS? Bet365 are offering a 100% deposit bonus, up to £200 - find out more

Related news

Ousmane Dembele leads 10-man France to friendly win over England

Ousmane Dembele leads 10-man France to friendly win over England

Ousmane Dembele scored his first international goal to give 10-man France a 3-2 win over England in a friendly in Paris on Tuesday night.

Argentina put six goals past Singapore in friendly romp

Argentina put six goals past Singapore in friendly romp

Argentina strolled to a 6-0 win over Singapore at the National Stadium in a one-sided international friendly on Tuesday evening.

Diego Souza scores brace as Brazil rout Australia

Diego Souza scores brace as Brazil rout Australia

Diego Souza scored after just 11 seconds as Brazil beat Australia 4-0 in their friendly at the MCG.

Italy overcome slow start to thrash minnows Liechtenstein

Italy overcome slow start to thrash minnows Liechtenstein

Italy were less than totally convincing throughout their 5-0 victory over minnows Liechtenstein in Udine but the three points keep them on a positive path as they strive to qualify for the World Cup in Russia.

David Silva and Diego Costa on target as Spain beat plucky Macedonia

David Silva and Diego Costa on target as Spain beat plucky Macedonia

David Silva and Diego Costa were on target but Spain made hard work of seeing off Macedonia in Skopje.

Kane rescues England in extraordinary finale against Scotland

Kane rescues England in extraordinary finale against Scotland

Captain Harry Kane earned England a point in stoppage time after a stunning late Leigh Griffiths double looked like giving Scotland a memorable victory at Hampden Park.

Record-breaking birthday boy Sneijder scores in Dutch win

Record-breaking birthday boy Sneijder scores in Dutch win

Netherlands ran out 5-0 winners against Luxembourg in Dick Advocaat's first game back as manager of the Dutch.

Late Hugo Lloris howler hands France shock defeat in Sweden

Late Hugo Lloris howler hands France shock defeat in Sweden

Ola Toivonen's stoppage-time strike from the halfway line earned Sweden a dramatic 2-1 win over France in Group A of World Cup qualifying on Friday.

Portugal cruise with Cristiano Ronaldo brace

Portugal cruise with Cristiano Ronaldo brace

Cristiano Ronaldo provided two goals and an assist to lead Portugal to a 3-0 win over Latvia in a World Cup qualifier on Friday.

RELATED NEWS

Ousmane Dembele leads 10-man France to friendly win over England
France 3 - 2 England

Ousmane Dembele leads 10-man France to friendly win over England

Ousmane Dembele scored his first international goal to give 10-man France a 3-2 win over England in a friendly in Paris on Tuesday night.

Argentina put six goals past Singapore in friendly romp
Singapore 0 - 6 Argentina

Argentina put six goals past Singapore in friendly romp

Argentina strolled to a 6-0 win over Singapore at the National Stadium in a one-sided international friendly on Tuesday evening.

Diego Souza scores brace as Brazil rout Australia
Australia 0 - 4 Brazil

Diego Souza scores brace as Brazil rout Australia

Diego Souza scored after just 11 seconds as Brazil beat Australia 4-0 in their friendly at the MCG.

Italy overcome slow start to thrash minnows Liechtenstein
Italy 5 - 0 Liechtenstein

Italy overcome slow start to thrash minnows Liechtenstein

Italy were less than totally convincing throughout their 5-0 victory over minnows Liechtenstein in Udine but the three points keep them on a positive path as they strive to qualify for the World Cup in Russia.

David Silva and Diego Costa on target as Spain beat plucky Macedonia
Macedonia 1 - 2 Spain

David Silva and Diego Costa on target as Spain beat plucky Macedonia

David Silva and Diego Costa were on target but Spain made hard work of seeing off Macedonia in Skopje.

Kane rescues England in extraordinary finale against Scotland
Scotland 2 - 2 England

Kane rescues England in extraordinary finale against Scotland

Captain Harry Kane earned England a point in stoppage time after a stunning late Leigh Griffiths double looked like giving Scotland a memorable victory at Hampden Park.

Record-breaking birthday boy Sneijder scores in Dutch win
Netherlands 5-0 Luxembourg

Record-breaking birthday boy Sneijder scores in Dutch win

Netherlands ran out 5-0 winners against Luxembourg in Dick Advocaat's first game back as manager of the Dutch.

Late Hugo Lloris howler hands France shock defeat in Sweden
Sweden 2 - 1 France

Late Hugo Lloris howler hands France shock defeat in Sweden

Ola Toivonen's stoppage-time strike from the halfway line earned Sweden a dramatic 2-1 win over France in Group A of World Cup qualifying on Friday.

Portugal cruise with Cristiano Ronaldo brace
Portugal 3-0 Latvia

Portugal cruise with Cristiano Ronaldo brace

Cristiano Ronaldo provided two goals and an assist to lead Portugal to a 3-0 win over Latvia in a World Cup qualifier on Friday.