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Hart plays down his captaincy claim

  • 29 February 2012 08:49
  • 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.

The Telegraph's Henry Winter quotes Joe: “It’s a great honour. Whether it’s me - and I’m not expecting it to be - or if it’s Steven Gerrard, Scott Parker, you get right behind them and do your job.”

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.”

Early Breakfast for the birthday boy

Nobody's talking about Mario Balotelli as captain of Italy just yet, but Paris Saint-Germain coach Carlo Ancelotti tells he would gladly mentor the City striker.

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."

David Silva, now there's an inspiration if ever there was one. He tells ESPN while on Spanish duty just how much he loves Coronation Street, the Trafford Centre and Manchester restaurants.

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

See? He loves us. Carlos Tevez started to rekindle his affection with a run-out with the EDS lads in a Central League Cup tie at Carrington, with ladders and long lenses the order of the day.

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? 

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