Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has told Joe Hart to demonstrate the form that made him the best goalkeeper in the Premier League.
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Hart made a series of mistakes last season and blundered again on Wednesday as James Morrison gave Scotland the lead against England in the teams' friendly at Wembley.
While England manager Roy Hodgson has said the 26-year-old faces a fight for his international place, Pellegrini has given Hart his full backing.
He said: “I think Joe Hart has to demonstrate why he is the best goalkeeper in England every week he plays. He is a very important goalkeeper, I have a lot of trust in him. Everyone can make an error but I have a lot of trust in him and I am sure he will again this year show why he is the No. 1 in England.”
Pellegrini is yet to discuss the England match with Hart but is considering having a word with the goalkeeper, adding: “I haven’t spoken with him, maybe [I will] tomorrow.”
Meanwhile, the Chilean said he is willing to let Scott Sinclair leave the Etihad Stadium on loan.
The winger is wanted by West Bromwich Albion on a season-long deal with a view to a permanent move, while West Ham and Crystal Palace also expressed an interest in him.
Having already signed another winger, Jesus Navas, Pellegrini said Sinclair, who has only started three games for City since his £6.2 million move from Swansea last August, will be permitted to leave if he can get first-team football elsewhere.
He added: “Scott Sinclair wants to play more and he has important players that play in the same position [at City]. We will see what happens with him today and tomorrow., but if he wants to go on loan to play more, we will try to give him that.”