Eng­land’s Ha ready for tough re­venge clash in Slove­nia

The Myanmar Times - - Sport -

ENG­LAND goal­keeper Joe Hart ex­pects Slove­nia to push the side hard when the teams meet in a 2018 World Cup qual­i­fier in Ljubl­jana to­day.

Vic­to­ries over Slo­vakia and Malta have pro­pelled Eng­land to the top of Group F.

But Hart is tak­ing noth­ing for granted given Slove­nia were the only side to score against him dur­ing Eng­land’s largely un­trou­bled run in qual­i­fy­ing for Euro 2016.

Eng­land’s 3-1 come­back win was fol­lowed by a 3-2 suc­cess in Slove­nia and Hart said yes­ter­day, “It was prob­a­bly our tough­est two games of the group, es­pe­cially at Wem­b­ley. They took the lead and it took us a while to get back into it. It was one of those tough in­ter­na­tion­als.”

Hart, on loan to Ital­ian side Torino from Pre­mier­ship club Manch­ester City, added, “I think we then played them in mid-June and Jack [Wil­shere] had an amaz­ing game and scored two fan­tas­tic goals.

“We ended up re­ally need­ing Wazza’s [Wayne Rooney] cool, calm head to stick the ball away.

“It was a re­ally good win for us and a re­ally good game. We ex­pect the same sort of game [tonight].”

“I played against one of their play­ers last Sun­day for Fiorentina, Josip Ili­cic. He is a strong player with a good left foot.

“They have got some good play­ers and they work well as a group. They have got a fan­tas­tic keeper so they are go­ing to be good.”

Mean­while Eng­land cap­tain Rooney trained as nor­mal with the squad yes­ter­day amid spec­u­la­tion he could be dropped by in­terim man­ager Gareth South­gate.

Eng­land’s all-time lead­ing goalscorer, the 30-year-old Rooney was booed by some home fans dur­ing the 2-0 win over Malta on Oc­to­ber 9 and for­mer na­tional team cap­tain Alan Shearer has led calls for him to be dropped. –

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