England goalkeeper Hart takes blame for Poland goal
Joe Hart has insisted that responsibility for England conceding an equalising goal to Poland in their World Cup qualification match on Wednesday should lie with him, the BBC has reported.
A miscued Wayne Rooney header had given England a first-half lead in the National Stadium in Warsaw, only for Poland to equalise after the break through Kamil Gilk. Gilk also netted with a header from a corner that Hart attempted to claim but missed, and the Manchester City player believes he was at fault.
Hart said: “I came and didn't get there and the lad did a decent header. It's my fault. I should have punched it or stayed in goal. I didn't do either and it cost us.” Hart added that while Poland were seeing a lot of the ball he felt England were defending well and that it was going to take a mistake - such as the one he made - to give the hosts a way back into the match.
The 25-year-old was winning his 26th England cap against Poland, having made his senior international bow in a friendly against Trinidad and Tobago in 2008. Hart’s competitive debut came after World Cup 2010, to which he travelled but did not play, having to wait until a Euro 2012 qualification match against Bulgaria to receive a taste of non-friendly action. England won 4-0 and later established himself as the country’s first-choice goalkeeper.
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