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Joe waiting for his chance

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As Blues stopper Joe Hart prepares for England Under 21s action tonight, the 20-year-old has stated that he might have to keep waiting for his chance to get back in the City goal.

Andreas Isaksson returned to action at the weekend and with Kasper Schmeichel showing fine form, the former Shrewsbury man faces a battle on his hands.

Joe said: "At City Kasper is playing, it could have been me if it hadn't been for my finger, but I'm not going to look at it like that. Kasper has done well, I'll just have to keep waiting for my chance and I did get to play in the Carling Cup.

"I may have to go out on loan at some point but I've done that before at Tranmere and Blackpool and it was a good experience."

Battling for his place is something that Joe is well used to and with Scott Carson out of the running at Under 21 level, Hart's latest battle is with Tottenham's keeper, Ben Alnwick.

He added: "Only one keeper can ever play, but I've always got on with the other keepers at Shrewsbury, Manchester City and with England. In the tournament in Holland in the summer, me and Ben knew that Scott [Carson] was number one and deservedly so. It was my first tournament and great to be involved.

"Even on this trip me and Ben could be chopping and changing because ever since we were involved in the U19s together people have said we are very close in ability."

"Everyone here is aiming for two wins, no-one wants to lose. They are huge games because to get off to a good start is really important."

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