Hart gets fans' backing
Sky Sports.com readers are at odds with the bookies over who should be England's No1 in South Africa.
Last Updated: 25/05/10 2:16pm
Skysports.com readers are at odds with the bookies over who should be England's number one goalkeeper in South Africa.
Fabio Capello insists he knows who out of David James, Robert Green and Joe Hart will line-up against the USA on June 12th.
But while Portsmouth veteran James remains the preferred choice of Sky Bet, Manchester City stopper Hart came out on top in our readers' poll.
Ahead of Wednesday's clash with Mexico, Hart polled 51 per cent of the vote to be England's first-choice keeper, compared to James' 35 per cent and Green's 14 per cent.
After the 3-1 Wembley send-off, Hart remains the number one choice of fans with Green improving to 18 per cent while James gets 31 per cent of the vote.
Based on his solid second-half display, Sky Bet have cut Hart's odds of starting in Rustenburg to 2/1 (from 3/1) while West Ham's Green, who started against Mexico, is also 2/1 (from 5/2).
James is Sky Bet's even money favourite to get the nod from Capello - a view echoed by PR director Dale Tempest.
He said: "James is simply England's No1 keeper. He is the most experienced by far, had a great end to the season with Portsmouth and the only reason he didn't feature against Mexico was because he was still recovering from the Chelsea bombardment in the FA Cup final.
"For me the evens for him to start against the USA is a cracking bet.
"Of the other two, Green made a couple of decent saves against the Mexicans but his handling on a couple of occasions was awful and whilst Hart looked good in the second half, a brilliant season with Birmingham isn't really enough to push him to the top of the England goalkeeper rankings."