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Teams will fear England, insists Hart

6:22 PM EDT 6/20/16
Roy Hodgson's men were unable to make the most of copious chances against Slovakia but the Manchester City goalkeeper says no side will want to face the Three Lions

Joe Hart insists playing England will strike fear into any prospective knockout-phase opponents, despite Monday's goalless draw with Slovakia.

A much-changed England side toiled fruitlessly in Saint-Etienne, the point ensuring they qualified from Group B but only in second place behind Wales.

Roy Hodgson's men were dominant, but squandered the chances that came their way and will learn on Wednesday which Group F side they will face in the last 16 next Monday, with a meeting with Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal a very real possibility.

"We all wanted to finish top, but we didn't. We have dominated every corner of the pitch and every Slovakian player will be proud of that result," said England goalkeeper Hart in quotes reported by BBC Sport.

"We are into the next round and nobody will want to play us. I haven't had anything to do in the whole tournament to be honest. We have been playing very well as a team.

"There are good chances being made, I couldn't criticise anyone. Some heroic defending against us, it is frustrating, but we are through."

England could also face Austria, Hungary or Iceland in the knockout stages should they not face Portugal.