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McLeish backs Hart for England

08 Dec 2009 - 12:44:02

Birmingham City manager Alex McLeish believes that loan goalkeeper Joe Hart has a great chance of securing a place in the England squad for next summer's World Cup finals in South Africa.

The 22-year-old has impressed for the Blues since joining on a season-long deal from Manchester City and has been tipped by McLeish to add to his one full cap in the near future.

He told reporters: "I think England like him and he has got every opportunity.

"He's got a great chance of making the World Cup squad, he's a massive presence. He works really hard and we've got a goalkeeping coach who drives him relentlessly in Dave Watson.

"I think he could be the best thing that has ever happened to Joe Hart.

"Joe has also tidied up his game on a couple of things. Some things he's been absolutely superb at and we've loved from day one.

"Some things he's tidied up in recent weeks and he looks a real prospect for England."

Hart started his career with his hometown club Shrewsbury Town, before heading to Manchester in the summer of 2006.

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