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06 Sep 2010 09:07:37

| Submit Comments| Comments (21)| Printable Version1/1Play SlideshowClose MapJoe HartFabio Capello has tipped Manchester City star Joe Hart for a long run in the England side now he has gained the maturity required for a top international goalkeeper. Hart made his first competitive appearance for the Three Lions on Friday and produced a superb performance to ensure a clean sheet in the 4-0 Euro 2012 romp over Bulgaria at Wembley. The display has led many to question why the 23-year-old was not called upon when England were having so many goalkeeping difficulties in South Africa, Capello having chosen Hart as his third choice, behind Robert Green and David James. Yet the Italian's link with Hart goes back two years further. The Manchester City star was actually handed his England debut in a summer friendly against Trinidad and Tobago, which was the start of an intense period which also saw him become first choice for his club until Shay Given arrived to ease Hart out of the frame. It took a season on loan at Birmingham to catapult Hart back into the Three Lions picture, and also back into the City team at Given's expense. And Capello concedes the youngster's attitude now is far removed from what it was. "I remember when I selected him two years ago he was not the same player," said the England boss. "He did not have the same focus on games or training. "He probably started to play in the first XI too early. He started to think 'I am the best'. "You have to understand what happens in the mind of the young player. Sometimes it is this. But in two years he has come back." Capello was never seriously worried about Hart's progression. He added: "Joe Hart is a really good keeper. "He improved a lot last year when he played at Birmingham. That was a really important period for him. "With any young player, the most important thing is his quality "Now it is really up to him." What do you think? Have your say.| Submit Comments| Comments (21)| Printable VersionAdd A CommentEnter your comments:Sending


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