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shoot-outs in­volved in.

“I don’t know about sav­ing them, but the prac­tice has made me bet­ter at tak­ing them!”

Hart be­came Eng­land No.1 straight af­ter the World Cup dis­as­ter in South Africa two years ago.

He also ousted Shay Given at City, even though the



be Ir­ish­man was on top of his game at the time.

It’s a whole new ball game in the Eng­land camp now that Capello has gone, but Hart re­fused to slag off the clue­less Ital­ian.

He said: “You knew where you stood. You knew how you had to be­have – and he played me.


I have more

of a re­la­tion­ship with the man­age­ment team now.”

Pearce was the Man City boss who bought Hart from Shrews­bury – be­fore the Blues be­came mega-rich.

“Joe was an out­stand­ing young tal­ent and we didn’t have much money at City at that time, so he fit­ted the bill at £600,000,” said Pearce.

“I couldn’t spend more than that on a back-up goal­keeper – that’s where we were at.

“He has de­vel­oped su­perbly and is a big in­flu­ence around the group with his per­son­al­ity.

“He is in­fec­tious and the other play­ers like him.

“He is get­ting bet­ter and bet­ter. He’s not the fin­ished ar­ti­cle yet, but he has a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence and is a credit to him­self and his fam­ily.”


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