Joe Hart is unnapreciated by England, claims Slaven Bilic

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  • Joe Hart played in England's 1-0 World Cup qualifying victory over Slovenia
  • The 30-year-old has conceded 10 goals in three games for West Ham
  • But Slaven Bilic believes the goalkeeper has never put a foot wrong for England 

By Kieran Gill for the Daily Mail

Published: 17:36 EDT, 12 October 2017 | Updated: 19:00 EDT, 12 October 2017

Slaven Bilic can't fathom why English fans do not value Joe Hart and dared his keeper's critics to name a mistake he has made for the national team.

The 30-year-old started his West Ham career by shipping 10 goals in three games, but the 30-year-old has now kept four clean sheets in his last five outings for club and country.

Bilic thinks England's No 1 has become an 'easy target' for those too lazy to realise how good he is, with Hart set to start against Burnley on Saturday.

Joe Hart has come under fire from supporters during his tenure between the sticks for England
Joe Hart has come under fire from supporters during his tenure between the sticks for England

Joe Hart has come under fire from supporters during his tenure between the sticks for England

The 30-year-old featured in England's 1-0 win over Slovenia to secure World Cup qualification
The 30-year-old featured in England's 1-0 win over Slovenia to secure World Cup qualification

The 30-year-old featured in England's 1-0 win over Slovenia to secure World Cup qualification

'You don't appreciate him,' Bilic said of his Manchester City loanee. 'I watched the game against Slovenia and he was man of the match.

'You didn't have that feeling from the the commentator saying it was a penalty (when Hart clipped Josip Ilicic) — it wasn't a penalty. If it was anyone else keeping in that situation, nobody would say it was a penalty.

'When did he make a mistake? Tell me the game for England. Don't go back to Torino and say he conceded a goal against Chievo last season. When did he make a mistake for England?

'Scotland — those free-kicks? I'm saying no. Joe Hart is a great professional and the long-term No 1 goalkeeper for England.'

Hart's loan deal expires at the end of the season but West Ham are expected to try to keep him.

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic believes the goalkeeper is unappreciated by the nation
West Ham manager Slaven Bilic believes the goalkeeper is unappreciated by the nation

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic believes the goalkeeper is unappreciated by the nation

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