England can be a surprise package at Euro: Hart

Manchester, May 31 (IANS) England goalkeeper Joe Hart believes that his side can be the surprise package at Euro 2016.

The England squad has several promising players, including the likes of strikers Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy who enjoyed sensational goal scoring form during the recently concluded English Premier League season, and Hart believes that they will benefit from the element of surprise in France.

“I wouldn’t say people would know too much about us in terms of us as a team,” Hart was quoted as saying by the Telegraph on Tuesday.

“They know individual players but the team that is potentially going to start against Russia might not have been seen before in England shirts. We have weeks to prepare 23 good players in good form and mould time into a team that thinks and works together.”

England have lost on penalties in the quarter-finals of the last two editions of the Euro Cup, but Hart is confident of saving a few in another shootout.

“I have always had the mentality of thinking what is the best moment (to dive). Of believing in what I am doing,” the Manchester City goalkeeper said.

“I have got it wrong many, many times but I have always believed I know what they are thinking or what they are going to do,” he added.

“I realise it is not easy to take a penalty. I try and build as much pressure as I can (on the taker) and be in control as much as I can.”



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