Eriksson backing for Hart

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Sven Goran Eriksson has tipped Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart to progress to the England side.

City boss expects international future for goalkeeper, while Schmeichel returns

Former England boss Sven Goran Eriksson has tipped Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart to progress to the senior international ranks. The 20-year-old turned in an excellent individual display as City ended their near five-month wait for a Premier League win on the road at troubled Newcastle on Wednesday. Hart, who has already represented England Under 21s, could be in line for a call up to new national boss Fabio Capello's first squad with uncertainty surrounding the goalkeeping position. Capello's first game in charge will be the friendly with Switzerland on 6th February and City boss Eriksson has hinted that Hart could possess international credentials.


"You never know and it is always very dangerous to speak about it," said the Swede. "But he is an England Under 21 international and playing regularly lately. "Personally, I think he can take one step further, not in the next year or so, but in the future. "He has everything. He is physically strong, mentally strong, he has good reflexes, he is very good on the line.
"He is okay, although he is so young, even on crosses and then he has fantastic feet when he kicks a ball. "He is one of the biggest talents in this country as a goalkeeper, for sure." Meanwhile, Hart's goalkeeping rival Kasper Schmeichel has returned to City following his loan spell at Cardiff. The 21-year-old Dane made 14 appearances in the Championship for the Bluebirds but turned down the chance to stay on for two further league matches. Schmeichel would have been unavailable for Saturday's FA Cup third round clash away to Chasetown under the terms of his loan agreement.

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