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
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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