England manager Gareth Southgate has three other goalkeepers at his disposal in Joe Hart, Jack Butland and Tom Heaton, so has not drafted in a replacement. Joe has trained really well.
While Southgate was emphatic in standing up for Hart, he gave just enough hope to the challengers that it was not a lost cause before next summer's World Cup.
"Three games into the season, I don't think anyone else has played to a level to force us to make a change in that position".
"I'm fascinated to see how they all get on over the next few months".
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Malgré la défaite, la qualification de l'équipe de France n'est pas remise en cause. Là encore, les joueurs de Vincent Collet ont fait la course en tête.
The Three Lions have been impressive in this qualification campaign as they still are yet to be beaten. "Malta don't allow many chances - we have to take that challenge on".
Southgate arrived for this worldwide double header, which will conclude on Monday with the home match against Slovakia at Wembley Stadium, with their skipper Wayne Rooney who earlier this month announced his global retirement. I can speak highly of Pietro Ghedin, a very experienced coach.
"For me the most important thing is to build a group of players that gel well into a team and are capable of reacting in the right way in all situations during matches".
It was against the Maltese that Southgate took charge of England for the first time, then on an interim basis following the messy departure of Sam Allardyce. He was at fault for the goal Gareth Bale scored for Wales during the group stage and could have done more to prevent Iceland's winning goal that embarrassed England in Last 16. "But I feel the players are a lot clearer about the direction we want to go".
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