Joe happy despite Final heartbreak
Friday, 26 June, 2009
The goalkeeper is delighted that England are in the Final
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England hero Joe Hart helped send the Three Lions into the Euro 2009 Final - but suffered heartbreak picking up a booking that will rule him out of Monday's Malmo showdown.
Hart was booked for coming off his line during England's 5-4 penalty shootout victory against Sweden but he scored a penalty and saved one to finally end Stuart Pearce's penalty curse.
Despite his suspension, Hart was delighted to have played his part in England's epic route to the Final - and says he has forgotten his yellow card already.
"I don't know why I got booked," Hart said. "The referee told me not to talk during the shootout so I didn't.
"I tried to have a bit of fun during the shootout - I want to enjoy my football but the referee didn't see it like that.
"But I am over the moon for the boys and as soon as I was booked I wanted to win it for them."
Pearce's England were cruising at 3-0 up against Sweden in the Semi Final before Hart was left dumbfounded as the Swedes hit back and made it 3-3.
Following a nervy 30 minutes of extra time it went to the dreaded penalty shootout - and time for Hart to be a hero, saving from man of the match Berg and England's passage to Malmo was secured.
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