International news: England goalkeeper Joe Hart rested for Scotland friendly

Joe Hart, 5/10: That this is the only image of the keeper in action at Wembley tells it's own story. He had one shot to save and did so with ease.
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Joe Hart will be rested for England's friendly international against Scotland in Glasgow on Tuesday, Roy Hodgson has confirmed.

The Manchester City goalkeeper was barely stretched in the 3-1 win over Slovenia, and he was hardly at fault for Jordan Henderson's own goal which broke the deadlock at Wembley Stadium.

But he will not travel with the squad to face Gordon Strachan's side next week, and either Fraser Forster or Ben Foster will be given the opportunity to stake a claim for a regular place.

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Hodgson also announced that Leighton Baines will not feature as the Everton left-back faces two weeks on the sidelines with a hamstring problem suffered in training ahead of the Slovenia clash.

Asked which players would be rested at Celtic Park, the England boss said: "Leighton Baines was one but he got released anyway.

"The other of course is Joe Hart because I have still got the other two goalkeepers and they will come with us up to Scotland and one of those will play - Joe will go home.

"They are the only ones, obviously we have got players that I would like to see so there is a potential for me to change things but it is not going to be a question of sending the bulk of these players home because Scotland is a tough game and we want to go up there with a big team."

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Hart's position for both club and country had come under threat earlier in the year after a number of high-profile mistakes, but Hodgson was not prepared to throw in Foster or Forster at the time.

"When Joe was under his severest criticism, Ben and Fraser weren't at the level of form they are now," Hodgson said earlier in the week.

"A goalkeeper can make a mistake in any game and if you replace him on the first mistake, you can make a rod for your own back with the second player.

"But if you think you are going to drop a guy and play someone else, you have to go with that other player for some time. There are so few international games."

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Hodgson insists he is taking the Scotland friendly "very seriously", despite always having planned to rest key men for the 112th showdown against the auld enemy. 

"Please don't get the impression that I don't take the game seriously and don't have a lot of respect for it because I do. But that's the same for every game, to be fair," he said.

"That was the case with Norway and Denmark in recent friendlies because that's the way we operate.

"I make it clear to the players that you don't get many international possibilities, whether you are playing San Marino or whether you are playing Argentina or Germany or Brazil.

"It's the same shirt, the same cap and one game might be easier to win than others but it doesn't affect your attitude towards it. That's my message, the mantra if you like, and I hope the players pick up on it."

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