England goalkeeper Joe Hart faces a tough battle to keep his No. 1 spot at Manchester City next season.

City boss Manuel Pellegrini sees £6milion summer signing Willy Caballero as providing real competition for Hart who was pictured last week partying in Las Vegas with international team-mate Jack Wilshere after England’s disastrous early exit from the World Cup.

Pellegrini, who managed Caballero at La Liga side Malaga, is unconvinced by Hart’s kicking and judgement as he seeks a modern 'keeper sweeper' in the mould of Manuel Neuer.

While Hart’s physical attributes are of huge benefit in ordinary Premier League games, they are not as important against top clubs or in the Champions League.

Hart was dropped for two months last season after rushing from his goal to allow Fernando Torres to score a late winning goal for Chelsea against City.

Significantly, Pellegrini was asked whether he could sign an English understudy to Hart following the departure of Costel Pantilimon to boost City’s homegrown quota.