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Hart predicts bright England future

  • 02 September 2010 09:04
  • Posted by Pete Ferguson

Joe Hart has sounded the rallying cry as he prepares to make his competitive England debut in tomorrow night's European Championship qualifier against Bulgaria at Wembley.

City's goalkeeper looks certain to get the nod ahead of Ben Foster and Scott Carson as manager Fabio Capello bids to lift the nation's spirits after a disappointing World Cup campaign this summer.

Hart said: "Everyone is looking forward to it - there are a few opportunities for people who maybe wouldn't get the  chance if the established players were here. The have the opportunity to be involved in something special.

"The manager is as focused as ever, doing his best to try and build a successful and winning team. That is what we all want to be part of. I don't think anything has changed too drastically.

"A few players retired at the end of the World Cup but there is always fresh talent coming through.

We are blessed with good young players to push people, and there are established players sometimes overlooked

...Hart on England's future

"The aim is to get back on track. We've got so much respect for the opposition - no international is easy and I say that from watching quite a lot of them when not having been involved in too many.

"Countries put 11 behind the ball, like in the Hungary game, but you've got to find a way to win. We have got lots of winners in our team, and a win on Friday can lift everyone. That is why it is huge."

Joe, who made his England debut against Trinidad and Tobago in June 2008, added: "I'd love the opportunity to establish myself but I'm just working hard and enjoying every game at the moment with City.

"We've got a few extra games in the Europa League as well, so there are lots of opportunities to play and that is what I love doing. I'm enjoying it at the moment.

"Hopefully that will all tie together and I'll try and get into the team on Friday. It would be exciting to get that opportunity but I am just training hard and doing my best to get in the firing line."

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