The Manchester City man is set to start for the Three Lions at Wembley after sitting out Friday’s 0-2 defeat to Chile with Fraser Forster preferred.
And while Hodgson has revealed Hart will be restored to the starting line-up for today’s clash, he insists the 26-year-old must make the most of his opportunity.
“All I can do is give Joe the shirt and give him the chance to go out and play,” Hodgson told reporters. “Afterwards he is going to have to face whatever he faces, but Joe is an experienced player — he understands that.
“If he plays well and does well, and keeps a clean-sheet and helps us to win the game, then I’m sure people are going to be saying some very good things about him.
“But if he doesn’t, and lets a couple of easy goals in, he’s going to have to accept that there’ll be criticism, because that’s the way of the world we live in.
“I can’t change things for players in that respect. We’ve had plenty of pats on the back recently, but we all know that, unfortunately, this game of football also gives you slaps in the face.” — Goal.com
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