Joe Hart hopes he can keep San Marino's goal drought going and welcomes back Ben Foster
Joe Hart is hoping he won’t become the goalkeeper to finally concede against San Marino on Friday.
England get their World Cup qualifiers back underway for the first time this year against the lowest ranked team in Europe, expecting to get nothing less than three points and a big win.
San Marino haven’t scored a single goal since 2004 and Hart is aiming for a quiet night on Friday, as Roy Hodgson's men plot their attack in front of what is expected to be a small crowd in the tiny republic in northern Italy.
He said: “I've had a quick check and they still haven’t scored against anybody for a while, so if someone is going to concede against them, I hope it isn’t me.
“But the aim of the game is to win and if they score, the aim is still to score more than them.
“I think that’s the beauty of international football. You can have a stadium full of 85,000 passionate football fans at Wembley, or sometimes you can be on your own.
“It will be interesting but hopefully we can get three points towards getting to the World Cup.”
The Manchester City stopper has also welcomed added squad competition for his spot in the team in the shape of Ben Foster.
Foster is back in an England squad for the first time since 2011 and Hart believes it can only help the group around him.
He added: “It’s great to see Ben, he’s a consistent performer and I’ve worked with him in training and against him before.
“It’s good to have players like that and we have some top quality ‘keepers now with Jack, Fraser and John Ruddy, who is injured.
“Wherever you look there is good talent. I feel pushed every time I come away with England, and that was my job before, to really push hard.
“We all train like we play, which is very hard and I don’t think anyone would expect any different.
“I always try my hardest to play well. That’s the way all top players think, as long as you take care of yourself, that’s the best you can do.
“We all work together and as a trio, I think any one of them can do well for the team.
“I’m doing what I’ve always wanted to do and I’ll keep working hard and training hard and it doesn’t matter if there’s only no ‘keepers or a 1000 keepers.”
Once the San Marino clash is out of the way, it’s then on to the prospect of facing Montenegro next Tuesday.
The sides meet in Podgorica, where England drew 2-2 in 2011 during Euro qualification and Hart knows how important that match will be given the hosts currently lead the Group H table.
He added: “It’s a big game, it’s an exciting game for us and it’s almost at the stage like when we’re in a World Cup now so we’ve got to perform basically.
“We went there last year and let a two-goal lead go, but you could say we took our foot off the gas because we only needed a point.
“But it’s a different case this time and we’re going there with the intentions of doing well.”
And Hart says he still feels immense pride at playing for England, particularly with the potential prospect of a World Cup coming up in 2014.
He said: “It’s a real honour to play for England and being involved in the tournament last summer was one of the best things I’ve ever been involved in.
“It was a real high point of my career and that would be the same for any players.
“It’s the same for the fans as well, so to be the guy that’s playing for these people is something feels really nice.”