Allardyce backing for Hart

Sam Allardyce has given his backing to Joe Hart by insisting the Manchester City goalkeeper will be in his first England squad.

The former Bolton and Sunderland boss was named national team manager following Roy Hogdson's resignation at the end of Euro 2016 as the Three Lions were knocked out by minnows Iceland.

Allardyce is set to name his first squad on the 4th of September, ahead of a next month's World Cup qualifier against Slovakia on the 4th of the month.

And Hart, who was criticised for some shaky performances in France, has been told in no uncertain terms that he is not in new City manager Pep Guardiola's plans this season.

Allardyce told Sky Sports News: "He'll be in the squad definitely but going forward I don't know what will happen until I've spoken to him."

Argentine goalkeeper Willy Caballero has taken over where Hart left off at City last season, with Barcelona's Claudio Bravo expected to be his full-time replacement.

A number of clubs, including Everton, Sevilla and Borussia Dortmund, have shown an interest in the 29-year-old former Shrewsbury Town stopper, but he is yet to make any comments as to where he sees his future.

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