Hart of a lion - Joe’s ready to impress

England's Joe Hart during a training session at Urca Military Training Ground, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

England's Joe Hart during a training session at Urca Military Training Ground, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Joe Hart believes there are a host of goalkeepers capable of replacing him for both club and country, with that competition fuelling his determination to have a successful World Cup.

This has been a topsy-turvy campaign for the 27-year-old, who was displaced at Manchester City by Costel Pantilimon following some underwhelming performances.

However, rather than wilt, Hart fought his way back into Manuel Pellegrini’s side and helped them to the Barclays Premier League crown - success he had little time to revel in with a World Cup to think about.

Four years after being third-choice, he is now undisputed number one and intent on keeping it that way by helping the Three Lions enjoy a successful summer.

“I am really enjoying what I am doing and really enjoy the opportunities that are coming my way,” Hart said, speaking ahead of Saturday’s Group D opener against Italy.

“I am well aware that can change really quickly as I am with two sides they can pick from any goalkeeper they want.

“England have got an amazing array of goalkeepers. We’ve got two here alongside me, who I think any team around the world would want.

“Obviously at Manchester City they are capable of buying or bringing in whoever they want, whoever they need to.

“I’ve got to be at my best, I’ve got to be working hard and you’ve got to stay level-headed otherwise it can go wrong.”

Hart will not have to worry about Pantilimon next season given he has left City, nor, it seems, does he need to be concerned about his England rivals.