Heaton to replace Hart for England-France friendly

Heaton to replace Hart for England-France friendly

Kick-off is set for 8pm BST.

France and England players will walk out to the sound of “Don’t Look Back in Anger” from Oasis for Tuesday’s friendly at Stade de France in a tribute to victims of the recent attacks in Manchester and London. But we also have to play teams who come at us.

Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron talk during a bilateral meeting at the G7 Summit in Italy in May.

The 26-year-old also starred for Leicester City in their remarkable run to the title last year, but Paul Pogba and Blaise Matuidi started ahead of him for France in last Friday’s World Cup qualifying defeat in Sweden. Ola Toivonen scored a memorable goal from the halfway line in the third minute of stoppage time after an uncharacteristic error from French captain Hugo Lloris.

But the Manchester City player could figure in his familiar centre-back role for Tuesday’s friendly against France.

“The first thing is to recognise the performance in the Iceland game was not what everybody was expecting”, Southgate’s assistant, Steve Holland, explained last week.

England have won just one of their last five away friendly matches (D2 L2). But there are quality alternatives available. Southgate’s team have already taken on Spain and, continuing the theme, there is the possibility of a game against Holland in Amsterdam next March. “He’s been asking the players what they thought and not necessarily telling them what he thinks”. Les Bleus will have a crunch clash at home with the Netherlands at the end of August and this game offers Deschamps the chance to look at some of his own options.

“I think it was an important moment for the team, important moment individually for Harry”, Southgate said. “A team can always be modified”.

TV pundit Gary Neville was among those who pointed his finger at Hart for conceding two set-piece goals at Hampden Park.

“I certainly don’t think they are going to try and price me out of a move, I think there’s enough respect between the player and club”.

“In a football match, different stuff happens – people get sent off, you go 1-0 down – and it’s about seeing how we can adapt to different situations”, said striker Harry Kane. Next season we don’t know who will be playing at which club, who will be in form, but Joe has been excellent for us. We have to improve in all areas to do that.

“It was never my intention to start Hart in this game”.

“I am conscious of keeping people involved in the squad and giving them game time“.