Updated: Sunday, 12th July 2020 @ 9:02am

Joe Hart shoulders responsibility for Manchester City’s poor season but vows to keep place as England keeper

Joe Hart shoulders responsibility for Manchester City’s poor season but vows to keep place as England keeper

By Glen Keogh

Joe Hart will ‘come out fighting’ after admitting his performances for Manchester City and England this season have not been his best.

The 25-year-old shot-stopper has been criticised for ‘two or three mistakes’ by City boss Roberto Mancini this season, but is still in-line to start England’s World Cup qualifiers with San Marino and Montenegro.

However he understands the pressure he faces to hold on to the number 1 jersey for his country, with new competition in the form of West Brom’s Ben Foster who has ended his self-imposed two year exile from international football.

"Is Foster good enough to push me? Yes, but I've felt that every time I've come away with England,” he said.

"My job when I was first involved was to really push hard. We all train like we are going to play and push each other and it's really good.”

Manchester City sit 15 points behind leaders Manchester United in the Premier League, and Hart is shouldering some of the responsibility for the way things have gone this season.

He said: "My season has not been brilliant. It's had its good times but that's football. It's what I love doing.

"I've enjoyed it, it's been tough. Things haven't always gone my way. I'm enjoying the fight and getting back in there.

"Sometimes you take knocks, that's football, you take opinions, but you've got to be strong.

"I'm my strongest critic but I would never bury myself. It's pretty obvious when you make a mistake as a keeper, you don't need to dwell on it too long. It's out there."

"I feel strong, good, that I'm doing the right things and hopefully I can have a good end to the season.”

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