Where are England’s world-class goalkeepers? Analysing the past, present and future between the sticks for the Three Lions

Joe Hart, Jordan Pickford and James Trafford in England goalkeeping kit
Joe Hart, Jordan Pickford and James Trafford: the past, present and possibly future of English goalkeeping (Image credit: Future)

For a period of four to five seasons, Joe Hart was an elite goalkeeper who, at various stages, was considered world-class. However fleeting his peak level was, he entered world-class echelons at various periods between 2010 and 2015.

This was the last time an English goalkeeper entered the ‘elite’ category. In February this year, Joe Hart announced that this season will be his last as a footballer.

In truth, his career has never recovered from the moment Pep Guardiola dropped him in August 2016. It marked the end of a disastrous summer for Hart, following England's infamous Euro 2016 exit to Iceland.

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Matthew Ketchell
Deputy Editor

A former goalkeeper, Ketch joined FourFourTwo as Deputy Editor in 2022 having worked across ChronicleLive, LeedsLive, Hull Daily Mail, YorkshireLive, Teesside Gazette and the Huddersfield Examiner as a Northern Football Editor. Prior to that he was the Senior Writer at BBC Match of the Day magazine. He has interviewed the likes of Harry Kane, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Gareth Southgate and attended two World Cup finals and a Champions League final. He has been a Newcastle United season ticket holder since 2000 and has an expensive passion for collecting classic football shirts.