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Mirror: Hart grateful for England support

  • 05 September 2014 08:01
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As you can imagine, today's headlines are dominated by pre-match and post-match analysis of international games that are taking place. So what City-related stories are flying around?

Well, according to the Mirror, Joe Hart has admitted England are grateful to the 40,000 fans that attended the Three Lions' game against Norway.

The record low attendance was a reflection on a miserable summer for Roy Hodgson's side, in which they became the worst-performing England team in World Cup history, with just a single point in Group D.

However, the shot-stopper claims the players have moved on, insisting they can begin their qualification campaign for the European Championships with a victory against Switzerland on Monday night.

"I think we are confident," he declared. "You can listen to outside opinions and stuff like that, but we're all very aware of what we've got inside and who we are at the team, what we possess.

"We haven't exactly set the nation alight in the summer. We are very grateful that 40,000 people turned up to support us, because people have gone back to school and it was a Wednesday night kick-off at Wembley.

"We are one of the few nations that play in a 90,000-seater stadium every single time, so you've got to understand that it's not always going to be possible to fill it.

"But we're very grateful that people turned up. Hopefully we put on a good show and a few more faces would be more than welcome at the next game.

"I am happy to play for England - and all the boys are happy to play for England - whether it is behind closed doors or in front of 100,000 people.

"That's our job to win the game, whether there are a load of people there or not.

"We know if we perform, we know we are going to give anyone a good game and have a chance of winning."

Elsewhere, despite the fact the summer transfer window has barely ended, the Manchester Evening News have devised a ten-strong list of potential City targets for January - and they're all strikers.

Writes David Lynch: "Manchester City took the brave decision to jettison Alvaro Negredo on transfer deadline day after Valencia tabled an irresistible offer.

"Whichever way you look at it, £24m for an injured 29-year-old is great business, even if there is an element of risk attached.

"After opting out of a bumper deal for Radamel Falcao, the Blues are now reliant on Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko and Stevan Jovetic staying fit or playing one of their many midfielders in a more advanced role.

"Depending on fitness they can, of course, further bolster their striking options in January."

And without further ado, here's Lynch's line-up of possibles: Edinson Cavani, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Mauro Icardi, Wilfried Bony, Christian Benteke, Mattia Destro, Carlos Vela, Stefan Kiessling, Aritz Aduriz and Gonzalo Higuain. Phew!

I guess we'll just have to wait for a while to see whether any of those actually prove to be confirmed targets.

And finally, the BBC are reporting former City boss Peter Reid has been named manager of Indian Super League franchise Mumbai FC.

The article reads: "The ex-England midfielder is the latest high-profile figure to sign up to the inaugural competition.

"Brazilian great Zico and former England goalkeeper David James have also agreed to manage ISL teams, while former Italy international Alessandro Del Piero and ex-France striker David Trezeguet are among the players signed up.

"The 10-week tournament, which starts in October, is aimed at improving the popularity of football in India."

Reflecting on the move, Reid declared: "It's a great opportunity to coach in the Indian Super League.

"I enjoyed working overseas with Thailand and am very much looking forward to this new challenge."

That's all for today. Come back to mcfc.co.uk again tomorrow for another round-up of City-centric media stories.

In the meantime, have you read our report from last night's international games?


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