Hart ready for Spain test
Joe Hart insists England are not 'in awe' of Spain as they prepare to tackle the World and European champions at Wembley.
Last Updated: 11/11/11 8:03am
Joe Hart insists England are not 'in awe' of Spain as they prepare to tackle the World and European champions at Wembley on Saturday.
The Three Lions go into the friendly international as underdogs with the star-studded visitors rightly regarded as favourites.
Even England manager Fabio Capello admitted that his side were 'not good enough' to try and play in the same style as Vicente Del Bosque's squad.
But Manchester City goalkeeper Hart is looking forward to testing himself against Spain and particularly the prospect of coming up against his in-form club colleague David Silva.
"They're not light years ahead and we're not going to go in in awe of them, because they're a team that we're playing against," said the City shot-stopper.
"We've got some fantastic players and so have they so it makes for a really interesting game.
"I've been around this England squad for a while now, and seen some adverse situations. International football's not always about playing the top three in the world - it's about going to some of the tougher places around Europe and playing real tough games.
"This is a test, playing against the best, and we'll see what we've got."
On Silva, he added: "David's a big part of our team, on the field and off. We get on really well with him. He's a fantastic player.
"It hurts me sometimes to see the Spain team with him not in it. I know he's by far good enough but they've got a lot of quality.
"He's excited to come and play England at Wembley and we're just as excited."
Hart is one of five Manchester City players in Capello's squad for Saturday's game against world and European champions Spain and Tuesday's clash with Sweden, but team-mate Micah Richards missed out.
The 24-year-old expressed his disappointment for his club colleague but expects him to respond positively.
"It's not up to me to pick the squad," Hart said. "If it was, my friends from school would be playing - simple as that.
"Micah's been absolutely fantastic. He's given everything. I'm really proud of how he's played for Manchester City - he captained us against QPR.
"It's just unfortunate he's not in the squad but I'm sure he won't take it to heart. He'll just keep on training well like he is and pushing to be in that squad."