Heaton to start in goal for England in France

2017-06-12 16:15
Gareth Southgate (Getty)

Croissy-sur-Seine - Tom Heaton of Burnley will replace Joe Hart in goal for England in Tuesday's friendly against France in Paris, manager Gareth Southgate has confirmed.

The 31-year-old Heaton will win his third international cap in the match at the Stade de France, as Hart -- criticised following his performance in Saturday's 2-2 draw against Scotland -- is left out.

Stoke City's Jack Butland will play the second half, as Southgate reiterated that it was always his intention to give someone else a chance in England's final run-out of the season having named four goalkeepers in his squad.

"It was never my intention to start Hart in this game. Tom Heaton will start and Jack Butland will play the second half," Southgate told reporters after England trained in the leafy Parisian suburb of Croissy-sur-Seine on Monday.

"Tom has had an outstanding season, and we have got to maintain the squad environment, make people feel involved by giving them game time.

"In the past one or two goalkeepers have given up international football because they have not had that chance, so I am conscious of keeping them involved."

Butland is not long back from a lengthy spell out injured, and the decision to give him a chance for part of the friendly means Southampton's Fraser Forster is the 'keeper to miss out.

"Jack is coming back from a long lay-off. We think he can also challenge for the number one spot moving forward," added Southgate.

"It is difficult on Fraser, who is also a very good goalkeeper, but with those four and (Sunderland's) Jordan Pickford and then a couple of lads coming up potentially from the Championship next year we are very healthy."

Read more on:    england  |  gareth southgate  |  soccer


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2019/20 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs

After Stuart Baxter stepped down as Bafana Bafana head coach, who would you like to see take over?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.