Liam Ridgewell has hailed the contribution of the goalkeeper Joe Hart to Birmingham's current success and thinks he has as good a chance as anyone of being part of England's 2010 World Cup squad. Hart joined Birmingham on a season-long loan from Manchester City to gain regular first-team football after the arrival of Shay Given at Eastlands from Newcastle last January limited his opportunities. He came in for criticism earlier in the season for a couple of misjudgements which led to City conceding goals. But Hart has bounced back from those errors and played a key role in Birmingham chalking up five successive league wins ahead of today's clash with Everton at Goodison Park. Defender Ridgewell said: "It was disappointing when Joe got a bit of stick because he came on loan to us and obviously he has got to settle in. I think he has proved his worth and he is a fantastic keeper. In two or three games recently, he has not had a lot to do but then made crucial saves. "It's like the gaffer [Alex McLeish] said, that a good keeper is one who hasn't done anything and then they pull off an important save. "He has been fantastic so far. He has got a good chance of going to the World Cup. Harty is competing with people like Robert Green and Paul Robinson, whom he has faced in the last two games." Everton v Birmingham, 7pm, Extreme Sport
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