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Euro 2012: Hart backs Lescott to start for England

  • 07 June 2012 19:19
  • Posted by Words: Mark Booth//Photo: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Joe Hart was in good form at his first press conference since arriving in Poland for the Euro 2012 tournament which kicks off tomorrow.

Joe Hart fielded questions that ranged from the goalkeeper’s pre-tournament expectations to the team’s upcoming Auschwitz visit.

Hart said that he believes his City teammate Joleon Lescott would “fit in nicely” alongside John Terry at the heart of England’s defence and added, "whoever's picked to play for England seems to do a great job."

Lescott is in pole position to start the tournament after Gary Cahill was forced to pull out with a fractured jaw.

Roy Hodgson’s men will travel to Auschwitz tomorrow and Hart said he has spoken to his father after the team were visited by two Holocaust survivors in preparation for the visit.

“You could hear a pin drop,” Hart said,

“It was fantastic the way they spoke and how they felt towards people. It was really refreshing.

“It’s hard to say you’re looking forward to something like that but we want to go. My dad was really keen for me to do it.”

Amid fears that England’s black players could be on the receiving end of racist abuse at the tournament, Hart poured water on any suggestion that the team would walk off the pitch. UEFA President Michel Platini had earlier stated that players leaving the pitch would be yellow carded.

“We’re not going to take the law into our own hands,” he said,

“We’ll get on with it and see how the referee and UEFA deal with it. It is not for us to walk off.”

Despite expectation on the England team being at an all-time low, Hart maintained that they are there to bring the trophy home.

"We're all hungry guys, we're all successful at football, and that's what we want, we want success.

"We've come to win, we've come to do well, we've come to represent our country, and we want to make people proud."

England will kick-off their Euro 2012 campaign against France on Monday 11 June. The match will be shown at City Square, the only outdoor venue in Manchester showing the game.

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