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Joe Hart is still eager to improve despite being hailed as the best goalkeeper in the world by England colleague Wayne Rooney and Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini. After the game, Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney described Hart as the best goalkeeper in the world. Joe Hart believes Wayne Rooney is next in line to captain England. “It’s a special honour for some special people to say some nice things, but we move on. In goal, you can be the worst in the world two days later.” said Hart. Goalkeeper Hart has been mentioned as a possible stand-in but Rooney, who has captained the side once before, is keen to take on a more senior role in Roy Hodgson’s group.
But the 25-year-old, speaking ahead of Friday’s World Cup qualifier with San Marino at Wembley, admits he is determined to scale even greater heights. Hart said: “It’s nice people say nice things but things are easily said. You’ve got to remain level-headed. If you don’t, it’s a big slap when you do something wrong. Then people are going to say bad things about you but that’s football. You can’t go too far one way or the other or you leave yourself vulnerable.” Goalkeeper Hart has been mentioned as a possible stand-in but Rooney, who has captained the side once before, is keen to take on a more senior role in Roy Hodgson’s group. He added: “I’ve not thought about it at all. How the captain is chosen is the manager’s decision. I’ve got a big responsibility to keep my place in the team for club and country. If I do get the nod, I’ll try and give as much as I can in terms of helping the team. But I think it’s between Wayne Rooney and Wayne Rooney if we are going to go on experience and how captains have been chosen in the past.” And the City No 1 knows even a side as lowly-ranked as San Marino are capable of causing a keeper embarrassment. Hart admits concentration is paramount as the solidity of the City and England defences means he has long spells when not called into action. He said.”It’s just not often that I get much opportunity to make many saves because City are so solid at the back,Concentration is always key. International football is not often ‘you have a go and then we’ll have a go’. It’s a chess game. I imagine, like most teams when they come to Wembley, San Marino are going to try and get people behind the ball.” Hart admitted: “I’m still trying to improve. I hate to say it but I am getting a bit older now so I have to get in a bit earlier and prepare my body a bit differently. I just know every day I want to be the guy you can rely on. I want to be the best. I want to work hard on saving every shot. Pretty simple really. I’ve got no silly targets like I need to win this and I need to do that. I need to keep working hard, keep my love and passion for the game and hopefully good things will come.”
Manchester City are poised to complete the signing of Jack Rodwell after Everton accepted an “undisclosed” bid for the midfielder. Rodwell will head to Manchester for a medical with the Premier League champions on Sunday, prior to completing the move. A statement on the Toffees’ official website said: “Everton have agreed an undisclosed fee with Manchester City for the transfer of Jack Rodwell. The midfielder is set to undergo a medical with the Premier League champions on Sunday.” The fee is thought to be in the region of £15 million for a player who will fight for a central midfield berth at the Etihad Stadium with the likes of Gareth Barry, Nigel De Jong and Yaya Toure. Rodwell won his first England cap last season and was widely tipped to feature at Euro 2012 and the Olympics before injury ruled him out of contention.
The 21-year-old is a full England international, making his debut at Wembley against Spain last November, although there has been speculation over the last 18 months that his club manager, David Moyes, has been disappointed with his rate of progress. The player is expected to be a regular international in the future and is a popular figure at Goodison Park after joining the club aged 7. Mancini was delighted to announce the signing, describing Rodwell as an “important player.” “We consider Jack Rodwell to be a good, young player,” he said. He continued, “We need someone who wants to win, is good tactically and is a good player for the future. I am sure that in a couple of years he will be a top, strong midfielder because he has good quality. We are looking for other players, I don’t know which players. I don’t want to say, speak to [City’s chief football operations officer] Brian Marwood. I am waiting and tomorrow we will have time to talk about new players.” “Obviously I would have liked to have played but I feel like I’m in the right place now,” Rodwell said. “I’m feeling fit, I’m doing a good pre-season and hopefully I’m ready to go for the first game of the season. “I just want to stay injury-free and get a good run of games because everyone wants to stay injury-free.” Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is known to be a long-time admirer of Rodwell but with the Red Devils and Chelsea both believed to have expressed an interest, City have moved swiftly to land the England international. The fee is thought to be in the region of £15 million for a player who will fight for a central midfield berth at the Etihad Stadium with the likes of Gareth Barry, Nigel De Jong and Yaya Toure. Rodwell has been a long-term target of Manchester United – with Chelsea also credited with a persistent interest – but City have moved quickly to secure the versatile player and bolster their midfield ranks. Manager Roberto Mancini is also keen to adhere to Premier League squad rules, with Rodwell’s homegrown status almost as valuable as the qualities he will bring to the squad.
Gareth Barry and Micah Richards have both been ruled out of Manchester City’s Community Shield encounter with Chelsea at Villa Park on Sunday. Barry, who missed England’s Euro 2012 campaign, is continuing to struggle with a hip injury, while Richards suffered an ankle problem during his stint with Team GB at the Olympic Games.
Midfielder Barry, 31, had a hernia operation last month and is hopeful of being fit for the start of the new Premier League season. City boss Roberto Mancini will not be able to call on the pair. However, Mario Balotelli and David Silva are expected to be on the bench following their Euros excursions with Italy and Spain respectively. Chelsea’s Marko Marin will miss the clash. Summer signing Marin has been suffering with a hamstring injury for several days and will sit out the curtain-raiser. The Blues have no other injury concerns for the match. City captain Vincent Kompany has a calf problem, but is expected to be fit to take his place in the squad. The 26-year-old was forced to fly home from City’s tour of Asia and has not played since picking up the strain. Meanwhile, Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo has claimed that he will field a “strong” side against the Premier League champions this weekend.
An investigation is under way into claims by Manchester City defender Gael Clichy that a banana was thrown onto the pitch during Manchester City’s 4-0 friendly win at Limerick on Sunday. Gardai – the police force of the Republic of Ireland – and Thomond Park staff are studying CCTV after Clichy was allegedly targeted. They are trying to identify a spectator alleged to have thrown the missile onto the pitch.
Manchester City have not made a formal complaint about the incident, this was mentioned by Clichy via his Twitter account. A statement released on behalf of Limerick FC and Thomond Park Stadium said: “The Gardai and stadium officials are reviewing the CCTV recordings to attempt to identify an individual involved in the throwing of an offensive object onto the playing field. Any individual identified as being involved in an incident of this nature will be banned from future attendance and the matter will be handed over to the Gardai.” He continued, “All those involved with the friendly game fully condemn all forms of unacceptable behaviour of this nature.” Limerick have promised that any fan found to be involved in the incident will be banned from Limerick matches. He tweeted: “How sad to see ‘bananas thrown on the pitch’ tonight… Knowing people around the world need food. No words for this.”
The incident came as Newcastle asked Den Haag to investigate reports of racist chanting from sections of home fans during the friendly game between the two clubs at the Kyocera Stadium the previous day.