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England lucky to have top keeper in Joe Hart - Forster

Fraser Forster says Joe Hart is one of Europe's best keepers. Credit: PA

Southampton's Fraser Forster admits England are "lucky" to have one of Europe's best goalkeepers in Joe Hart - even if that puts an even bigger barrier in the way of his own international hopes.

The Manchester City stopper is Roy Hodgson's undisputed number one and, barring injury or suspension during Euro 2016, Forster and Burnley's Tom Heaton are both destined for a watching brief in France.

Hodgson is due to name his final 23 for the tournament on Tuesday, but as the only goalkeepers in contention, all three know they will be included and Forster suggests England will have one of the continent's finest shot-stoppers at their disposal in Hart.

He's obviously a fantastic keeper and I think he is showing year in, year out, for Man City and England how good he is. He works really hard and it is obviously important as a group of keepers we pressure him and try to catch him up, but he has been fantastic how he has played in some of the Champions League games this year, making big saves in big moments.

For me he is a top keeper in Europe. You look how good his distribution is, how good his shot-stopping is and how he makes big saves at big moments and we are very lucky to have him.

You have to be ready because as a keeper you never know. The perfect example of that was in Germany when Jack (Butland) got injured. You just have to train as hard as you can and be ready in case that moment comes along.

That won't be an issue for me. You're used to being number one at your club and that is how we train and it is just important we approach it and you are ready in case.

– Fraser Forster


Hart and Sterling set to miss England friendlies with Manchester derby injuries

Raheem Sterling injured his groin in the Manchester derby. Credit: PA

Joe Hart and Raheem Sterling are set to miss the upcoming England friendlies as Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini expects muscle injuries to keep them out for a month.

Roy Hodgson's men travel to world champions Germany next weekend for a mouth-watering friendly that is followed up days later by Holland arriving at Wembley.

However, the 24-man squad named on Thursday for those matches looks set to change after Sterling and Hart were injured as City lost 1-0 at home to rivals Manchester United on Sunday.

Sterling pulled up with a groin complaint midway through the first half and Hart was taken off on a stretcher after half-time, having sustained a calf injury trying to clear up a Martin Demichelis backpass.

"Both of them have muscle injuries," City boss Pellegrini said. "Raheem his groin and Joe in his calf.

"I don't think that a muscle injury you can be fit in one week. Normally three or four weeks."

Hart and Sterling join the likes of Wayne Rooney, Jack Wilshere and Luke Shaw on the sidelines.

Keeper Hart: Derby loss was Man City career low

Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart believes Sunday's defeat against Manchester United was one of the worst in his career.

Hart was in between the sticks for the 4-2 drubbing, which leaves the Premier League champions in fourth place in the league.

Joe Hart had a traumatic day at Old Trafford. Credit: PA

"That was one of my worst in a Manchester City shirt, definitely," Hart admitted to the Telegraph. "It's hard to take.

“We've won enough of them (derbies) to know how to lose properly, though, and we weren't good enough after the first 15 minutes.

"We let ourselves down and we let our supporters down, but there are six games to go now and they are so big for us.

"It's essential to try and finish third. We've got to get our heads down and win these massive games."


Barcelona stars laud 'incredible' Man City stopper Hart

Lionel Messi thought Joe Hart's performance on Wednesday night was "phenomenal", Andres Iniesta opted for "outstanding" while Barcelona manager Luis Enrique described Man City's goalkeeper as "incredible".

Hart denies Messi during a phenomenal performance in Barcelona. Credit: PA

The Spanish side won 1-0 in the Nou Camp to complete a 3-1 aggregate win over City, but the scoreline would have been much greater but for a string of saves from Hart.

"He was phenomenal, he stopped everything," Messi said on the Barca website. "We have to congratulate him on a great game because he's a fantastic goalkeeper."

Andres Iniesta added: "Hart was key to keeping them in it and was great in one-on-one situations. Outstanding."

Coach Luis Enrique was happy to see his side progress to the quarter-finals of the Champions League, but felt the scoreline did not reflect their dominance - with Hart the main reason.

"The score could have been a rout," he said. "Hart was incredible but we weren't really on towards the end.

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