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Joe Hart


Joe Hart has been named in the England squad for international friendly matches against Germany and Brazil with Wembley.

The West Ham United star will have the opportunity to draw level and potentially pass David Seaman as the Three Lions’ second most-capped goalkeeper of all all-time after being selected by manager Gareth Southgate.

England welcome Germany to the Home of Football on Friday 10 November before hosting Brazil on Tuesday 14 November, with both fixtures kicking-off at 8pm.

Hart, who has 74 senior caps to his name since making his debut in 2008, has faced five-time World Cup winners Brazil and four-time champions Germany twice each during his illustrious career.

The 30-year-old kept goal for the 1-0 friendly defeats by the Germans at Wembley in November 2013 and Dortmund in March this year.

He has fonder memories of facing the Brazilians, having saved Ronaldinho’s penalty in England’s 2-1 friendly win at Wembley in February 2013 before helping his country to a 2-2 draw at Rio’s Maracana Stadium four months later.

This month’s double-header will see Southgate’s England commence their preparations for the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals in Russia.

Meanwhile, Hammers pair Nathan Trott and Reece Oxford have both been named in the England U20 squad for their own international match with Germany in Zwickau on Tuesday 14 November.

Oxford, of course, is currently on loan with German side Borussia Monchengladbach, for whom he made a Bundesliga debut last weekend.