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Sam Allardyce says Joe Hart will be called to England squad despite Manchester City situation

Being the backup at City doesn't mean Hart will lose his spot in the national team

England v Iceland - Round of 16: UEFA Euro 2016 Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images

Despite being out of Manchester City's plans, Joe Hart is still on England's plans.

New England manager Sam Allardyce spoke to Sky Sports about his first selection, which will be announced next Monday, and he confirmed that Hart will be part of the squad that will face Slovakia in the World Cup qualifier next month.

"I think so. He'd be in the squad definitely but I won't know what we're going to do until I speak to Joe and that will be the same for most of the players. I want to know what frame of mind they're in and make the right selection for Slovakia away."

Allardyce was also asked if Hart's benching is a problem, given he wouldn't be in great shape not playing every week, and Big Sam is a little worried:

"I think the problem for any player that you want to select for England, not just in isolation, is that it's a concern if that player isn't playing for his team. You have to have your doubts about that but I don't really know where he lies in that process at the moment.

"When we pick the first squad there will be some lads that don't play on a regular basis and we've talked about that many times before.

"Are they our best players? Yes. Are they fit and on form? Yes. Are all of the players in the England squad playing every week? No, and at the moment that's a problem we have to overcome."

Joe Hart is out of Pep Guardiola's plans, but he still has a chance to leave in this transfer window and go elsewhere to be a regular starter. Ronaldo Koeman's Everton are the favorites to sign England's No. 1 on loan, and a deal could be agreed this week.