England’s Joe Hart says Fabio Capello’s goalkeeping coach Franco Tancredi called him ‘John’ early in his international career.
Hart was England’s third-choice shot-stopper for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, but later claimed the number one jersey thanks to some impressive performances for club side Manchester City.
The 24-year-old has become a lucky charm for England, who have not lost in any of his 16 international appearances.
Communication problems aside, Hart said he enjoyed playing under former manager Fabio Capello, and thanked the Italian coach for handing him a starting berth.
“For myself, it (the Capello era) was an adventure,” he said.
“I’m very grateful for what Mr Capello did for my career. I was really honoured that he put me in as his number one.”
“But I’ll do my best for any England manager. Not losing is a great record to have and I want that to keep going.”
Caretaker England manager Stuart Pearce, appointed to lead the senior team for Wednesday’s friendly international against the Netherlands, signed Hart from Shrewsbury for 600,000 pounds during his time as City manager, before also selecting him for England’s Under-21 side.
And Hart feels Pearce should be seen as a genuine contender for the vacant full-time manager’s position.
“For myself, he is a candidate,” Hart said.
“He’s a passionate guy. England is perfect for him.”
The City goalkeeper believes the match against the Netherlands will be a tough test and commended the form of Arsenal striker Robin van Persie.
“He (Van Persie) is slapping goals in left, right and centre,” Hart said.
“But he’s not invincible. We beat Arsenal 1-0 at Manchester City.”
“Holland could be one of our biggest rivals at the Euros so we have to play like a tournament game. They are World Cup finalists and we need to be winning games like this.”
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