Exclusive - David Seaman: We all need to stand behind Joe Hart, not criticise him

Former England goalkeeper David Seaman tells ITV's Gabriel Clarke that fans and critics alike need to support Manchester City's Joe Hart during this difficult stage in his career.

Seaman, who won 75 caps for his country, says the criticism he received during his time as the nation's No.1 deeply affected him, and he doesn't want the same to happen to Hart.

"When I was playing, if other goalkeepers criticised me, it would do my head in. As an ex-goalkeeper you know what they're going through, and you know criticism is the last thing they need. I had it with big, high-profile ex-goalkeepers having a go at me, it doesn't do any good at all.

"Everyone in England should be backing the goalkeeper and the team."

Hart has made some calamitous mistakes for club and country recently, but asked if he would stick with him for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers with Montenegro and Poland Seaman said: "Definitely. No doubt whatsoever. You can't put an inexperienced goalkeeper into those games. Scott Carson [against Croatia in 2007] is a massive example of that."

The ex-Arsenal man is not the only person to give his backing to Hart, after England boss Roy Hodgson spoke out in favour of his current No.1 this week, he said: "I believe that Joe will shrug this off, I'm sure that he's not happy with the criticism and he's not happy to have let in goals that he thinks he might have stopped.

"As far as I'm concerned he's never let me or the team down in the time I've been working with him. I have every confidence and every faith in him that he will have the confidence to put this behind him."