Hart calls on England to shine
Thursday, 10 November, 2011
Goalkeeper says Three Lions will not be overawed by Spain.
England goalkeeper Joe Hart says he can’t wait to take on Spain but insists the Three Lions mustn’t feel overawed when they face the World and European Champions at Wembley.
Fabio Capello is considering putting out a new-look side against the Spanish, who are rated as one of the greatest international teams of all time.
But Manchester City star Hart is adamant England’s young guns are good enough to cope and are relishing the opportunity to prove their worth.
He said: "To play in a game like this is something you get into football to do. First of all you want their position, you want to be the best in Europe and the world.
"We’ve not got that spot at the moment so it’s a great opportunity to play against some great players and test ourselves.
“But they are not light years ahead of us. We can’t go in awe of them. We have got some fantastic players and so have they. It just makes for a really interesting encounter."
Hart says he has seen great potential in England's young squad with rising stars such as Manchester United's Phil Jones and Chelsea's Daniel Sturridge hoping to make an impact amongst many others.
He added: “We’ve got some great quality, we’ve got some great young lads who are going to get an opportunity and we’re really looking forward to it. It’s going to be tough yes, but it’s going to be tough for Spain as well, I think they will appreciate that.”
With big names such as Steven Gerrard, Rio Ferdinand and Wayne Rooney absent there could be a real opportunity for new players to impress at Wembley in front of a sell-out crowd. And Hart is backing Capello's side to shine.
He said: “I’ve been in and around this England squad for a while now and I’ve seen the quality and I’ve seen us in some tough, tough situations. International football is not always about playing the top three teams it’s about going away to some of the toughest places Europe and the world to play some real hard games.
“It’s always nice to play Spain at home at Wembley, though. They will come here trying to win - the same as we are - so it makes for a nice open game. It will be a test to play against the best and see what we’ve got. “
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