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England boss Hodgson defends Hart following Sweden performance

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By Adam Mazrani

Thursday 15 November 2012

England manager Roy Hodgson has spoken out in defence of Joe Hart after the goalkeeper was criticised for his display in the 4-2 defeat to Sweden on Wednesday night.

Joe Hart

The Manchester City man was adjudged to have been at fault for at least two of Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s four for the home side, particularly the fourth and final goal where a weak clearing header from the onrushing Hart was punished in quite spectacular fashion by an overhead kick from Ibrahimovic.

However, according to the Daily Telegraph, Hart’s manager insists he is unconcerned on the goalkeeper’s form.

We’re not worried about Joe Hart,” said Hodgson. “We’ll have a lot of success with him in the goal, even if this wasn’t one of his best nights.

These things happen. The third goal got a slight deflection, even from distance. The fourth was an unpleasant bounce, the ball pitching up and he couldn’t get the purchase on the header and it led to Zlatan scoring his acrobatic goal.

Hart’s form has also come under scrutiny for his club recently, with manager Roberto Mancini criticising him for his performance in the Champions League defeat against Real Madrid as well as his concession of the first goal against Tottenham Hotspur in City’s last Premier League encounter.

England now wait until February for their next fixture, a clash with 2014 World Cup hosts Brazil at Wembley.

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