Southgate: Thank Hart For Getting Us The Point

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England caretaker manager, Gareth Southgate has praised Joe Hart for his fantastic display against Slovenia, which earned them a point.

The three lions struggled to add their six points tally in the world cup qualifications, but proved futile. However, Slovenia came knocking and the Torino goalie was up to the task to keep them at bay.

The Torino keeper made a number of fine stops, with the pick of the bunch from Jasmin Kurtic’s header, drawing Southgate’s praise.

“[Hart has been] fantastic this week,” he told ITV. “He is at his best when calm and composed – something he’s aware of and something we’ve discussed.

“His attitude was excellent and his manner very calm. It was a brilliant, outstanding save – that got us the point.”

And Southgate insisted it could prove to be a vital point when the campaign comes to a close, despite a poor performance in Ljubljana.

“I think the overall objective is to qualify,” he said. “Long term, maybe that point will be important.

“Everyone can see we could be better. Most of their chances came from our mistakes.

“Having said that, some mistakes came because we tried to encourage them to play on a poor surface. We encourage them to play but at sensible times.”



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