Hart plays down his captaincy claim
- Wed 29 Feb 2012, 8:49AM
- Posted by Peter Ferguson
Stuart Pearce will name his England captain today for the Wembley game, and the pack couldn't resist one last nibble at the story by quizzing Joe Hart about the possibilities.
City's goalkeeper duly obliged in joining James Milner, who told them 24 hours earlier he'd be proud to wear the armband, so that was one tale in the bag for preview purposes.
Henry's own take on the question gripping the nation? "Rio Ferdinand could return to reclaim the honour for the Euros but the main candidates now are Gerrard, Hart, Parker and possibly James Milner."
Harty points out: “The last World Cup was in the hands of the keeper (Iker Casillas), who was captain. I was captain at school: I was centre mid then, though.”
They quote the former Chelsea boss: "I would train him voluntarily. Balotelli is a great player. The sky is the limit for him. He can do everything on the pitch."
Just kidding. What he does say is: "Mancini has given me total confidence and that's very important for a player, while I am very happy that my team-mates are adapting to my game.
"I am very happy in England, I have two years left on my contract and I want to see it out. Right now I don't want to return home.
I'm enjoying myself and the people have treated me marvellously - and I hope to enjoy it much more. You enjoy football to the maximum here
For the snappers, that is, not Carlito obviously. He played 45 minutes, and the Independent cleverly headlines a short piece "Tevez back in blue but Preston ensure a bruising welcome".
They report: "The representatives of League One Preston ensured Tevez was on the receiving end of some robust tackles as he began to reacquaint himself with the pleasures of the English game."
Welcome back to Manchester, eh?