Hart confident England can progress
- 09 June 2014 08:48
- Posted by @dclayton_mcfc
Joe Hart is in confident mood ahead of Saturday’s opening World Cup game with Italy.
The City keeper appears to be hitting peak form ahead of the tournament and he believes England may surprise one or two people in Brazil.
Speaking to FA.com, Hart said: “We feel good. We feel like we’re doing the right things,” said Hart.
“It’s great having Stevie [Gerrard] and Jordan [Henderson] and the various players screening us which is good – but I thought we looked dangerous going forward as well, which is a big positive.
“We feel like we’ve had a great three weeks together. We really feel like a team – a good strong English team going into a tournament with every chance to express ourselves and do well.”
Hart admitted the long delay for an electrical storm in Saturday’s friendly with Honduras was the right thing to do, though it probably played into the opposition’s hands somewhat, adding: “It was a great relief for them that the break came.
“But there’s not a lot you can do. You’d rather be safe than sorry and nobody wants to rumbling with thunder or lightning. We had to do it, but we came out and we got on with it.”
Meanwhile, City midfielder Yaya Toure has given the biggest hint yet that he may consider concentrating solely on his club form after the World Cup.
The Ivory Coast star believes it may be the time to step aside and let the next generation of Ivorians take the mantle. The IB Times carry the story: “Now the 31-year-old midfielder, who knows that he doesn't have much time left to win trophies with his country, says that he will be deciding on his international future after the World Cup.
‘We have an amazing squad of players and we all think it is about time we reach our full potential,’ he said. ‘When I look around and see players like Drogba, Kalou, Bony, Gervinho and Zokora, I can only be filled with confidence.
"Why we haven't gone on to win a trophy is something that I can't understand. We want and we hope we make it soon because some of us haven't got a lot of time left to be winners. It won't be long until we have to step aside and let the younger generation come through.’"
More World Cup City gossip tomorrow….