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Gloves are off, Joe warns Shay

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Joe Hart is promising Shay Given a battle royal for the goalkeeping shirt after losing his place in Mark Hughes' City side.

England prospect Hart has been on the bench since Given's arrival from Newcastle in last month's transfer window, but the 21-year-old former Shrewsbury keeper is determined to give manager Hughes a selection headache.

Hart said: "Shay has come in and done exceptionally well - I have nothing against him. It is not his fault, and if I had been in his situation I would have done exactly the same. He has been very good to me and I will be the same to him.

I have never taken a first-team place for granted ever since I arrived and I am happy to be at the club.

Joe Hart

 

"I would love to be playing, any player will tell you that, but right now I am not, and I have to work hard in training to try and get myself back in the side.

“There is no point in sulking. I have not lost my job, just my place in the team. At the moment I am not the first choice keeper and I want to change that as fast as I can.”
             
Joe figured in Fabio Capello's thoughts earlier this season, but that would change with a long stretch on the sidelines.

He said: "It has been hugely beneficial and a great honour to be involved in the England squad.

"My desire to become first choice for my country is as strong as anyone’s. I need to play first-team football to play for England and my aim is to force my way back into the City side.”

 

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