Joe Hart thinks England are ready for anyone after maintaining an unbeaten record in the group stage.
Roy Hodgson’s men topped Group D with a narrow 1-0 victory over co-hosts Ukraine, thanks to a Wayne Rooney goal on his return from suspension, while France were condemned to second after losing 2-0 to Sweden.
The Manchester City goalkeeper revealed that the squad have paid little attention to what’s been going on elsewhere but hailed the support of English fans out in Poland and Ukraine and back at home.
“We’ve come here as a very strong group of players and we haven’t listened to a lot going on outside of us,” Hart told The FA’s official website.
“We’ve listened to the support of those magnificent people tonight and the brilliant people back home who have all wished us well. We’re just really proud.”
England now have until Sunday to prepare for their quarter-final with Italy, after they avoided an arguably tougher tie with defending champions Spain thanks to France’s defeat.
Hart has insisted that England are ready to take on whoever they come up against, however, and will continue to expect to win matches despite the harder opposition they will now face.
“I feel we can achieve what we came here to achieve,” Hart said.
“We came here to win games. We played France in the first game, which was a tough start and we felt we could’ve won that game.
“But we’ve won these last two games and we’ve done it in the group stages, so we’ll take on whoever is in front of us next.”
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