VIDEO: Hart wants more of the same
Monday, 11 October, 2010
Joe Hart tells FATV why he is keen to stop Montenegro on Tuesday.
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Joe Hart has started England's last three matches and is desperate to make it a fourth on Tuesday night.
The Manchester City number one made his first competitive start at Wembley last month, and is eager for more of the same when Montenegro come to town.
Speaking exclusively to FATV, Hart said: "I’m just enjoying the opportunity to be in and around the squad. I feel a bit more comfy with the players and obviously the game time is great.
"I’ve gotten to know people a bit better. When you first come in everyone is dead welcoming but they’ve obviously got the relationships they’ve built up through the years and things like that, and it’s not difficult but it’s very different to how it is now because obviously some of the Under-21s boys are up with me and I’ve got to know a lot of the boys a lot better."
With a growing reputation and added responsibility, Hart admits that he is aware of greater scrutiny, but feels capable of dealing with that situation.
"I don’t feel it but I’m well aware that [the pressure] is there," he said. "People build you up and as soon as anything does go slightly wrong then they’re hard on you.
"But that’s the nature of the game and if I want to be at the top level then I think you’ve just got to be prepared for things like that and it’s another thing you need to work on and another thing you need to be good at is taking criticism."
Hart also believes that England will not be taking anything lightly when they come up against the group leaders, who made it three wins from three against Switzerland on Friday night.
Hart said: "Every single game is such a tough experience because we’re always seen as a team where teams below us always want to beat us and teams that are higher than us in the rankings are always going to be a great team. So every game is so difficult.
"I would expect Montenegro want to keep the start that they’ve had and we want to do the same so we’re both pushing each other and it’s going to be an intense affair."