Fight­ing makes me stronger, says Hart

Midweek Sport - - NEWS - By SEAN RAFTER

JOE HART may have had an up-and-down club cam­paign, but he in­sists fight­ing will only help him be­come a bet­ter keeper.

The Manch­ester City shot-stop­per will win his 28th cap when Brazil visit Wem­b­ley tonight.

Hart has played some blin­ders this term, most notably in the Cham­pi­ons League against Borus­sia Dort­mund.

But he has been poor by his own high stan­dards in other games, in­clud­ing City’s 2-2 draw with Liver­pool at the week­end.

He said: “It’s good to have to fight some­times. It makes you stronger.

“I’m try­ing hard to be per­fect but it’s not al­ways pos­si­ble, is it?

“I’ve had a few games when things haven’t gone great, but I’ve had some good games too, so it bal­ances out.

“I’m lov­ing this sea­son. I’ve had some lows and so have the team, but not ev­ery­thing goes the way you want it to.”

Hart is the undis­puted No.1 for the Three Lions and is re­garded as one of the best on the globe.

Beau­ties

But his last Eng­land game was a night­mare as Zla­tan Ibrahi­movic scored all four goals for Swe­den in a 4-2 friendly win in Novem­ber.

The last was a clas­sic as Ibrahi­movic scored from Hart’s at­tempt to head clear with a jaw­drop­ping over­head kick.

He said: “I def­i­nitely didn’t see the pos­i­tives. It was a great goal from a great in­di­vid­ual tal­ent. As a goal­keeper you are some­times go­ing to have beau­ties go past you and that was one of them.”

Beat­ing Brazil would erase some of that pain, but Hart knows get­ting to South Amer­ica for next sum­mer’s World Cup is the pri­or­ity.

Qual­i­fiers away to San Marino on March 22 and group lead­ers Mon­tene­gro four days later are the key dates for that.

Hart added: “First we need to get there. In my opin­ion, we’ve got the play­ers to win a World Cup – but so have other teams.

“To beat Brazil would be very spe­cial. If we can beat them, we can beat any­one.”

MIXED FOR­TUNES: Hart

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