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Hart targets World Cup place

02 Mar 2010 - 12:03:29

Joe Hart is determined to prove his worth and become England's first-choice goalkeeper for this summer's World Cup finals in South Africa.

The 23-year-old Manchester City shot-stopper, who is currently on a season-long loan at Birmingham City, has been included in Fabio Capello's squad for this week's friendly international Egypt.

He has been in superb form for Alex McLeish's team so far this term and hopes to add to the single cap he has won to date - in the friendly against Trinidad & Tobago in June 2008.

He said: "I'm not England's first-choice goalkeeper, but that's the target. Whatever comes with it I can cope. If I couldn't, I wouldn't be talking about it. I'm not saying I've had people against me, but my age does go against me some times.

"Stuff you do goes against you - you've just got to look at Jamo (David James). He's had everything thrown at him, I don't think he can have any more thrown at him.

"But it doesn't faze the guy. He's been absolutely brilliant. That's the kind of person you've got to look at.

"Just to be involved with England means the world to me, but the World Cup is something different.

"Being in the normal squad, seeing how these superstars do it - and they are superstars, great players - just to see how they go about things, how people prepare themselves really does help.

"Being at the World Cup and not playing, like Theo Walcott last time, that wouldn't be a disappointment for me. To be picked in that elite 23 would mean everything.

"I'll work every day to be involved in it. If I'm not picked I can look back at my season and think I gave everything, no regrets."


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