Hart’s body ‘in pieces’ following memorable performance

Date published: Tuesday 11th October 2016 10:43

Joe Hart: Reflects on fantastic display

Joe Hart: Reflects on fantastic display

Goalkeeper Joe Hart admitted his body was “in pieces” after a string of fine saves helped England secure a goalless draw in their World Cup qualifier with Slovenia.

Hart, who was shipped out on loan to Torino in Italy after being overlooked by new Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola, showed great agility to thwart the home side.

The England number one pulled off a remarkable stop at the start of the second half to push a header from Jasmin Kurtic onto the crossbar and then away, before also denying the impressive Josip Ilicic to help earn a share of the spoils for interim England boss Gareth Southgate.

Hart said on ITV1: “It is my best game for a while, it was hard to say.

“My body is in absolute pieces, I will struggle to get up tomorrow.

“The lad has got across and flicked it on, and I just did everything I could to keep it out.

“I don’t know what happened, I have only just seen it now on camera – it hurt though. I landed on the frame of the goal.”

Hart continued: “I was asked to do quite a bit, but it was down to a few errors from us.

“But we can all improve, we are a young team and have dug in, in an intense atmosphere and taken a point.

“On the night, it was a difficult result, but we have to look at the bigger picture, which is trying to qualify for Russia.”

Hart felt this could yet prove to be a valuable point.

“They had some chances, we dominated the game, but that was down to how they set up,” he added.

“A lot of respect to what they have done tonight, they have dug in and Jan Oblak, whom I am a massive fan of, had a fantastic game in goal.

“It was an interesting game and 0-0, we are going to have to take it.”

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