Fighting makes me stronger, says Hart
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.
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.”
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