Mirror: Hart says England are up for the fight
- 13 June 2014 08:00
- Posted by @roline_mcfc
And we're off! The 2014 FIFA World Cup is now underway, after weeks of giddy anticipation. So what City-related stories are in today's headlines?
According to Martin Lipton, the City shot-stopper asserted: "We're used to it now. We've worked really hard on making sure we are comfortable being uncomfortable.
"The human body is an amazing thing and means you can adapt. We have adapted the best we can and we're feeling good."
"Four years ago, of course, the Manchester City goalkeeper went to South Africa as Fabio Capello's third-choice keeper, watching on as Robert Green suffered under the spotlight against the USA in Rustenburg," writes Lipton.
"This time around the Manchester City man is undisputed first choice.''
"A lot has changed since then," Hart admitted. ''There has been an awful lot of football, a lot of England games, a lot of club games and a lot of excitement.
"I am just happy to be here, to be honest, and part of this brilliant, talented squad."
Hart is also cited in the Express, as Paul Joyce reports City's number one is striving to stay in top form for both club and country.
"The goalkeeper has emerged from a season during which his form endured its most high-profile, and prolonged, dip of his career to date with his reputation apparently restored," scribes Joyce. "He is a league champion at Manchester City once again, and England's undisputed No1 charging full tilt into the World Cup.
"Yet for those who might suggest he is over that difficult lull at club level last autumn, he can offer only brutal realism."
"I'd like to think I am a better goalkeeper and person for what happened," said Hart. "I'd like to think that every year something in my game has helped me improve, whether it's good or bad.
"This is a position where you need to be strong and focused. If you aren't, there's a good chance you'll get trampled to the wayside because there's so many good goalkeepers out there.
"And I definitely appreciate that that's not the end of it for me. I haven't 'come through it and now everything's fine'.
"I've got to keep working hard. Potentially, I could go through a bad patch again. All of these things I'm totally aware of. But all I can do is do my best, respect the people around me, respect my management and try to be the first choice."
An article reads: "No European nation has ever claimed the trophy on South American soil, while the Three Lions are looking to end a 48-year wait for victory in a major tournament.
"But Milner is confident that Roy Hodgson's squad have done all they can to excel on the biggest stage."
Quoted in the piece, Milner declares: "I think records are there to be broken. No (European nation) has ever done it (win a World Cup in South America), but there is no reason why it can't be this year.
"From our preparation, we can't do anything more than we have done.
"It is hard to tell who will win it. There are one or two teams who sneak through who you don't expect will get far.
"I think there could be a few surprise packages in there. Chile are probably not going to win it but I think they could go far.
"Brazil and Spain are two top teams and are always there or thereabouts, like Germany. It is hard to call one, and hopefully we are not too far away."