Heaton to start in goal for England in France

Gareth Southgate (Getty)
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."

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