Andy Carroll’s late strike for West Ham saves Joe Hart and stuns Stoke

It was threatening to be another grim night for West Ham United and, for Joe Hart, a personal ordeal given that the England manager, Gareth Southgate, was here to see the latest evidence of his deterioration. Hart has already lost his place as England’s No 1 and, at this rate, he must be in danger of being cast adrift from the squad that Southgate takes to the World Cup in Russia this summer.

Unfortunately for Hart, the mistake that led to Peter Crouch, one of Stoke’s substitutes, opening the scoring can hardly be described as a one-off. Indeed, Hart did something very similar in the 3-0 defeat at home to Burnley last month, having just been recalled to the side after a long spell in the wilderness.

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