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Rob Green blunder sparks Joe Hart appeal

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Fans and experts today called on Shropshire's Joe Hart to be given a chance in goal for England following Saturday's disappointing draw against the United States.Fans and experts today called on Shropshire's Joe Hart to be given a chance in goal for England following Saturday's disappointing draw against the United States. Watch our video bulletin to see the Shropshire fans' verdict Supporters of Hart today said he was a big game player with experience against some of the country's biggest teams and should be given a go. The country's final line of defence has come under scrutiny after first-choice keeper Robert Green fumbled the ball following a speculative shot from Clint Dempsey to gift the USA a goal in the 1-1 draw on Saturday night. Today, there was sympathy for the West Ham goalkeeper, but many people were calling for former Shrewsbury Town keeper Hart, who now plays for Manchester City, to be given a chance. Read more in the Shropshire Star

Fans and experts today called on Shropshire's Joe Hart to be given a chance in goal for England following Saturday's disappointing draw against the United States.

Watch our video bulletin to see the Shropshire fans' verdict

Supporters of Hart today said he was a big game player with experience against some of the country's biggest teams and should be given a go.

The country's final line of defence has come under scrutiny after first-choice keeper Robert Green fumbled the ball following a speculative shot from Clint Dempsey to gift the USA a goal in the 1-1 draw on Saturday night.

Today, there was sympathy for the West Ham goalkeeper, but many people were calling for former Shrewsbury Town keeper Hart, who now plays for Manchester City, to be given a chance.

Glyne Wetton, 75, a life-long friend and carer for former England goalkeeper Bert Williams, watched the first-half at the 90-year-old's home in Shifnal, Shropshire.

Mr Wetton said Mr Williams, who was England's goalkeeper in the 1950 World Cup, felt Hart should get a chance.

He said: "He said it's no good saying it's a big game because he has played for Birmingham against Chelsea, Man United and Arsenal. They are all big teams, with players at the World Cup, and he has come out on top. He is hoping Hart gets in to the next game."

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Meanwhile, fans at Shrewsbury's Heathgates pub also showed their backing for Hart following the game and issued a call for Fabio Capello to give the 23-year-old a chance against Algeria on Friday.

Mike Bywater, of Ditherington, said: "Joe Hart has got to start in goal next time. I'm really disappointed — I expected us to win."

Today Hart's father Charlie, who lives in Gains Park, Shrewsbury, said he was disappointed with the result. He said: "I thought it was poor and not very good. We're slow starters as usual and are still in it. I don't see any reasons for panic."

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