Joe Hart Relishing Opportunity To Establish Himself As England & Manchester City Number One

Goalkeeper looking forward to cementing place in between sticks...
Joe Hart is determined to make the most out of his opportunity to establish himself as England and Manchester City's first choice goalkeeper.

Hart, 23, has used an impressive spell on loan at Birmingham City last term to boost himself between the sticks for club and country.

This rise is expected to be capped with his first competitive international starts to come in the upcoming Euro 2012 qualifying matches against Bulgaria and Switzerland, and Hart insists he is ready to roll his sleeves up to make the most out of the chance.

He said: "I'd love the opportunity to establish myself but I'm just working hard and enjoying every game at the moment with Man City.

"We've got a few extra games in the Europa League as well and there are lots of opportunities to play and that is what I love doing. I'm enjoying it at the moment.

"Hopefully that will all tie together and I'll try and get into the team on Friday.

"Everyone is looking forward to Friday because there are a few opportunities for people who maybe would not get as much of a chance if the established players are here.

"There are a couple of opportunities for people to set their marker and be involved in something special."

Hart added: "I've been involved in a few of the qualifiers for the World Cup which was a great privilege and there was an awful lot going on around them.

"They are huge games and huge for the country and it will exciting to get that opportunity (to play in one of them).

"But I am just training hard and doing my best to get in the firing line for that game."

The Three Lions have borne the brunt of severe criticism after being dumped out of World Cup 2010 at the second round stage, but Hart insists the talent is there to turn the team into "winners".

Hart said: "The aim is to get back on track. We've got so much respect for the opposition. No international is easy.

"I can say that from watching quite a lot of them when not having been involved in too many.

"The countries that are not as easy to play against, they put 11 behind the ball, like in the Hungary game.

"But you've got to find a way to win and luckily we have got lots of winners in our team.

"A win on Friday can lift everyone. That is why it is huge."

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