England boss Capello failed to use Hart at the FIFA World Cup despite two impressive substitute appearances in the run up to the tournament. The Italian, who looks set to stay on his role despite England's second-round exit to Germany, has highlighted Hart as one of the brightest prospects in the English game.
The 23-year-old, who spent a successful season on loan at Birmingham last year, will return to City's ranks this year to compete with Given to be Roberto Mancini's number one. Given believes Capello must start his rebuilding process by replacing 39-year-old David James with Hart for England's qualifying campaign, which begins in September against Bulgaria after a friendly with Hungary next month.
"Putting Joe in for the qualifiers would make sense, definitely," said Given. "Joe is a top young goalkeeper. David James is 40 next month so by the time the next World Cup comes round he'll be 44 so the chances of him playing in it would be small. People like Joe and Adam Johnson will be the future for England."