Pearce presence pleases Hart
Joe Hart is delighted to be working under Stuart Pearce again and claims he could be the man to lead England into Euro 2012.
Last Updated: 28/02/12 4:50pm
Joe Hart is delighted to be working under Stuart Pearce again, given all he has done for his career, and claims he could be the man to lead England into Euro 2012.
Manchester City keeper Hart has been selected in Pearce's squad for Wednesday's friendly date with Holland and is among those being touted as possible contenders for the national captaincy.
Interim Three Lions coach Pearce is fully aware of what the City shot-stopper would bring to the role, having worked with him at club level and with the England U21s.
He has helped to shape Hart's career and put him on a path that has taken the 24-year-old to the very top of the game.
Hart appreciates everything Pearce has done for him and claims England would be in safe hands were they to offer the man currently occupying the national hot-seat the opportunity to oversee events at this summer's European Championship.
"I remember when he signed me for Man City from Shrewsbury Town. He put great faith in me and I owe a lot for that," said Hart.
"Then he brought me straight into the U21s when I was third choice and gradually moved me through the system.
"I am quite aware of what he does from U21s and Stuart has always been around with the senior side. Even under the previous manager (Fabio Capello), he has always had his ideas.
"For myself, he is a viable candidate to take England into the finals. Of course he is. I've worked for him on many occasions at club level, U21s, and enjoyed my time with him."
A midweek outing at Wembley against 2010 World Cup finalists Holland will see England take to the field for the first time since John Terry was stripped of the national captaincy and Fabio Capello stepped down as manager.
Asked if events off the field have caused uncertainty within the camp, Hart said: "I think it does. It gives the press and people in pubs or at home something to chat about. But as a player on the inside you've got to roll with it.
"Stuff happens and you've got to get on with what your job is, which is represent your country.
"I don't think you can get lost in it. You can't afford to. You can't try to make an impact on things you can't make an impact on."