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Pellegrini happy at Hart call

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini admits he is pleased Joe Hart has been selected in the England squad.

Last Updated: 12/11/13 at 09:58 Post Comment

Joe Hart: England keeper has lost his place at Manchester City

Joe Hart: England keeper has lost his place at Manchester City

Hart has lost his place to Costel Pantilimon at City for the last three matches, following a string of errors in recent months.

Pellegrini reckons it is fitting that the 26-year-old is involved in Roy Hodgson's set-up after helping his country qualify for the World Cup.

"I am happy, absolutely - he deserves to be in the squad," Pellegrini said. "He has been the number one English goalkeeper for the whole of qualifying for the World Cup. I think he must be there."

But Hart is likely to remain on the bench as City travel to the Stadium of Light on Sunday to play struggling Sunderland.

"I am thinking about what is the best for the team at this moment," Pellegrini added. "At this moment, I repeat, I have trust in Pantilimon.

"But we will continue trusting in Joe and will see when he comes back."

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