England team leaked: Jermain Defoe set for shock return to starting XI

It is all enough to make Joe Hart feel a little past it. We have some great strengths and if we couple those with some other traits we could be more powerful than anybody, but we have a lot of work to get to that point.

Not that he necessarily sees it that way.

"It's a great opportunity for everyone to pay their respects, and to show we go on, not just London but as a country as a whole".

"I love the fact that we tried something new", said Hart.

The 29-year-old was then dumped out of the first-team picture at Manchester City when Pep Guardiola placed Willy Caballero ahead of him in the pecking order and signed Claudio Bravo from Barcelona.

The 29-year-old who lost his place at Manchester City when Pep Guardiola, took over at the Etihad is now on loan at Torino and has played 28 times for the Italian club this season.

There have only been five clean sheets but Hart insists he is enjoying the experience.

The Football Association have put together a "robust" security plan in light of Wednesday's attack on Westminster.

"We know his personality and character and when you bring someone in late to the squad for a couple of days you need to know what's coming through the door". I'd like to think I've improved [as a goalkeeper], but that's because I want to improve all the time.

In midfield, both Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain may need to secure permanent moves away from Arsenal to get the game time they need to be considered, while Theo Walcott's recent omission suggests he still has more to prove despite a decent season at the Emirates Stadium.

"Every team sets up to try to stop us, especially here at Wembley".

While there are a number of players who can be confident of places on the plane next June, the same cannot be said of a few experienced faces who seem to have slipped down the pecking order.

Following the midweek defeat to world champions Germany, the road to Russian Federation resumes on Sunday when England welcome Lithuania to Wembley Stadium.

Rooney did not attend an England squad meeting last week to which now injured players like him were invited. "In football it's ingrained, but actually why do we do that?" he said.

"Because of the terrible things that happened in London we just hope the fans are very respectful of that and us as players we're going to respect everything in the right way and we're going to do everything to honour the people who passed away this week". Unfortunately when it matters, it's not been there.

  • Julie Sanders