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Joe Hart: At least the England coach knows my name now

England's number one has revealed that throughout the World Cup, Capello's coaching staff failed to remember his name, something that Pearce has put right.

Having not lost in any of his 16 internationals, Joe Hart has become something of a lucky charm for England.

Hart was the third choice shot stopper for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa but claimed the No.1 jersey with some outstanding performances for Premier League leader Manchester City, and has since been a force in the net for the Three Lions under Fabio Capello.

Despite that, the City goalkeeper says that Capello's goalkeeping coach, Franco Tancredi, called him "John" throughout his time with the Three Lions.

“He knows my name which is a nice change!" Hart said of the new regime.

“For myself, [the Capello era] was an adventure. I’m very grateful for what Mr. Capello did for my career. I was really honored 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."

Interim England boss Stuart Pearce signed Hart from Shrewsbury for 600,000 pounds during his time at City before selecting him for the under 21 side.

And Hart claims that the former England full back should be seen as a genuine contender for the vacant managerial position.

“For myself, he is a candidate,” Hart said. “He’s a passionate guy. England is perfect for him.”

Hart also believes that the Netherlands will be a tough test and commended the form of striker Robin van Persie.

“He [Van Persie] is slapping goals in left, right and center. 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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