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Hart: Failure not an option

Joe Hart insists England are refusing to contemplate the possibility of failing to qualify for the 2014 World Cup.

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Joe Hart: Insists failure is not an option for England

Joe Hart: Insists failure is not an option for England

Roy Hodgson's side remain in second spot in their group after surrendering a half-time lead in the 1-1 draw with leaders Montenegro on Tuesday night.

It was a similar scenario to the draw in Poland in October when Wayne Rooney, also put England ahead before they were pegged back.

But Hart believes such challenges away from home are not easy to overcome and that England have to try and capitalise on a promising position in their remaining games at Wembley.

The Manchester City goalkeeper said: "People ask about not holding on against Poland and Montenegro but they are tough places to come. Hopefully we will look back at last night as a good point earned.

"You've got to give respect to the opposition. I thought Montenegro were great in the second half and they made it hard for us.

"How I do assess the group? It is going to be tough. It is a really tough thing to qualify for a World Cup and you kind of take it a bit for granted.

"That's what we expect as a nation. We are England, we should be qualifying for things but it is easier said than done.

"But that's our plan (to qualify) and it is going to be difficult, but we aim to really capitalise on the home games."

Hart added: "We are not contemplating failing to qualify. That's not even crossing our minds at the moment.

"We've got ourselves in a strong position and we've got Montenegro to come at home and, if we win all the games now, we finish top of the group.

"That's the way we are going to have to view things. We are in this position now so we've got to move on from it."

Good fun

Hart tried to play down having various objects thrown in his direction during the game.

He said: "You get all sorts of things thrown at you in these games, lighters, marker pens, all sorts.

"Something pinged off my head (a toilet roll) and then wrapped around my shoulders.

"It is not going to kill you is it? It's not ideal but that's the beauty of football.

"The atmosphere was good fun. I thought first and foremost our fans were awesome throughout the game.

"It was a hostile atmosphere and our fans brought colour and good quality support.

"I enjoy playing in those atmospheres."

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lassic management. Build them up and then knock them back. Raise expectations and then dampen them. Create a dynamic where by you demand the most from your team, but where the team are given room to manoeuvre unexpected or unwanted results. Classy work by Van Gaal, he really reminds me a lot of me. A smart cookie, make no doubt.

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e will be the England left back for ten years or more, and then you will have to thank MUFC for that. *smiles*

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urely because of that little diva moment he had last night, I don't want him coming to my club. DESTROYED ? Grow up and give something back to the club that helped put you up there on the world stage.

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