Joe Hart has been handed a lifeline to stake his claim for a World Cup spot when West Ham face Burnley on Saturday.
The on-loan goalkeeper, who has not started for the Hammers since November, has been forced to watch games from the bench with David Moyes preferring to use Adrian.
But having lost their last two games 4-1 against Liverpool and Swansea, Moyes will turn to the England goalkeeper when Sean Dyche’s side visit the London Stadium.
Goalkeeper Joe Hart will make his first Premier League start of 2018 on Saturday afternoon
Hart, on loan from Manchester City, lost his place as West Ham’s No 1 to fellow keeper Adrian
But Hammers manager David Moyes has said Hart will be recalled for the game against Burnley
‘Joe Hart will start,’ said Moyes. ‘It’s not necessarily down to that (last two games). Was I happy with the goals we conceded? No I’m not.
‘I’ve said it all along (Joe’s) been good, I’ve got competition in some places, not all places but you have to play well. There’s big pressure if you don’t perform.
‘There were a couple of games where I wasn’t happy because we didn’t do as well as we should have. If I thought there were no mistakes or no problems I wouldn’t have made any changes.’
The match represents a key chance for the 75-cap England goalkeeper to stake his claim for a place in Gareth Southgate’s squad for this month’s friendlies against Holland and Italy.
Moyes has also made a rallying call to West Ham’s fans to unite around the club.
The team’s supporters have become increasingly frustrated with the board in recent months, and a protest march against the club’s hierarchy ahead of the Burnley clash was called off earlier this week.
Moyes has vowed to make changes after back-to-back 4-1 defeats at Liverpool and Swansea
Thirty-year-old Hart will hope to feature when the next England squad is named on Thursday
Last weekend co-owner David Gold was confronted about his stewardship of the club by furious fans in the wake of the Swansea defeat, but Moyes has urged fans to put their differences aside and back the team.
‘We need everybody to be together,’ Moyes added.
‘You will never have everyone agreeing with what the club does or the team the manager picks but ultimately the people in charge make the decisions they think are right.
‘Supporters should have a right to voice their opinions, that’s what football is, but you tend to get that chance during 90 minutes on a Saturday.
‘It’s not as though David is a young man, and I’m saying that with real respect. He is hurting as much as anybody when we don’t win. He comes in to see me a lot, he’s so desperate for the club and the team to do well.
‘His heart is definitely in the right place every time I speak to him.’
‘I have a message to say that it is great for the players and the management that they are not marching.
‘There are grievances at any club. We just hope we have nearly 60,000 and they are all getting behind the team.’
Hart has been capped 75 times by the Three Lions but his starting place appears under threat
Amid discontent among West Ham fans, Moyes added: ‘We need everybody to be together’
Author: Nancy Parker
Nancy Parker is a five time Emmy Award winning journalist and seven time Emmy nominee who has spent almost twenty five years covering news in South Louisiana. She has anchored every prime time newscast at WVUE FOX8 during her twenty year tenure in New Orleans.