Hart to avoid Premier League title success talk while on England duty

Last Updated: Sunday, June 3, 2012 - 21:04

England : Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart has revealed that he will refrain from talking about his side’s dramatic last-minute Premier League victory whilst on England duty this summer.

Manchester United looked to have held off the challenge from their local rivals on the final day of the season with a 1-0 victory at Sunderland, only to see City produce an unlikely comeback with two goals in stoppage-time to beat QPR and seal their first league triumph in 44 years.

And, although Hart is jubilant about the achievement, he says he does not want to cause a possible rift in the Three Lions camp by teasing his Old Trafford-based England collegues.

"It`s not something you banter about. I wouldn`t want it bantered about to me. We talk about it, but no, no banter,” the 25 year-old told the Manchester Evening News.

"It means the world to them, just as it does to me so it`s not a nice finish for them.

"I`ve watched it a couple of times since because I wanted to know what happened. I didn`t know. Apparently we won. I haven`t watched it with Wayne - that wouldn`t go down too well!”

Hart also admitted that he is still trying to come to terms with the dramatic nature of their title triumph, admitting that even Edin Dzeko’s late equaliser failed to convince him City had a chance of victory.

"I was a lost soul at 2-1," he added.

“I totally didn`t know what to do. I was on the pitch, but I had no input whatsoever over what was going on.

"When Edin scored I thought we might get one chance, but the way things had gone I thought `so what? Someone will block it or something`. And then it went in and I don`t really know what happened. I had to look back.”

"I was just a fan on the pitch willing the ball to go in the goal and when it did all hell broke loose.”

The shot stopper’s focus now switches to this summer’s European Championship in Poland and Ukraine.

And, with national team now under the guidance of new manager Roy Hodgson, Hart believes there is more of an English nature to the Three Lions setup following the resignation of Italian Fabio Capello.

"I`ve been working Italian-wise for however many years, but there`s an English feel. He`s got things he wants to get across,” he added.

"It will be a gradual thing but hopefully we`ll be right for the France game."

Goal.com



First Published: Sunday, June 3, 2012 - 21:04

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