Fabien Barthez has given a scathing critique of Joe Hart and offered his opinion on why the Manchester City goalkeeper “messes up”.
After an impressive season with City, helping them reach their first-ever Champions League semi-final, Hart headed to Euro 2016 hoping to inspire England to a similarly successful summer.
But the goalkeeper was one of his country’s worst performers in France, conceding four goals from just 11 shots on target, and making a number of high-profile mistakes.
Former Manchester United shot-stopper Barthez believes that Hart’s poor technique is indicative of the “English culture around the position”, and that Tottenham keeper Hugo Lloris is “two levels” higher than his adversary.
“His diving technique isn’t good. It’s too horizontal and not aggressive enough,” Barthez told France Football. “He isn’t flexible and doesn’t come out. When he runs, it’s just ‘thud, thud, thud.’
“He messes up because he doesn’t attack the ball’s path, meaning his hands are then pushed back by the impact with the ball. Hart is two levels below [Manuel] Neuer, [Thibaut] Courtois and [Hugo] Lloris.
“It’s heavy. I don’t understand the English culture around the position. They need huge guys, but they’re just walls that don’t come out.
“Clubs and the FA need to change their philosophy in developing goalkeepers.”