Hart: We can only apologise
- 23 June 2014 07:53
- Posted by @roline_mcfc
Another day, another heap of World Cup news stories... but what tales concerning our international City stars are flying around this morning?
Quoted in an article on the newspaper's website, the City shot-stopper conceded: "It's the worst I have ever felt. It's a strange, empty feeling.
"I have put everything into this tournament. Ultimately it has left me completely gutted.
"We are aware that a lot of people have made huge sacrifices to follow us out here. We can only apologise but we honestly haven't left anything out there on the pitch."
As a goalkeeper, Hart is no stranger to criticism but insists this disappointment will not have a lasting effect.
"It's not a 'sit back and reflect' kind of time," he asserted. "Football keeps on moving. I can't reflect ever, if I'm honest.
"I work game by game; I have done that through my whole career. I want to keep improving, trying to take the best of every situation, good and bad.
"We've had some high ones (situations) recently, some very good ones [with City] but this was my first World Cup actually playing, and it's gone all wrong.
"But there are things I can take from it, technical and personal things.
"It [the next few weeks] will be really difficult. The World Cup will be everywhere, no matter where we are in the world, and it'll be a constant reminder of where we could have been.
"We've not got someone else to blame. We could have changed that, and we haven't.
"It'll play on our minds, but we have to move on. It's got to be a learning curve. We've got to be learning constantly."
Well, I'd say that's certainly the right attitude to have.
Elsewhere, according to the Manchester Evening News, Vincent Kompany has expressed his sadness that fellow club teammates Hart and James Milner are out of the tournament as the City skipper had hoped the Three Lions would progress.
Stated Kompany: "My wife is English and although I like to believe my kids are Belgian, she thinks they are English too.
"The English players that I have as friends - and that I have a lot of respect for - meant I wanted them to have a good competition and I'm very saddened as much as the English fans about the exit of England."
You and me both, Vinnie!
Moving on and Spain midfielder David Silva has admitted his side have no excuses after their failure to progress from the group stage.
Having lost their first two fixtures in Group B, the defending champions were eliminated with one game remaining but Silva says La Roja have only themselves to blame.
He confessed: "I think back and back. We won two European Championships and the World Cup and the dates were the same.
"I don't think the dates are an excuse, although there are a lot of games and it is increasingly difficult to endure it physically.
"The team in general hasn't been good and our opponents have been. We have faced two good teams that have gone through.
"We have to know how to lose. There are no excuses. We have not been good and our rivals have. We have to try to finish well.
"We haven't been good and this World Cup hasn't been good for us. It hasn't been easy. It's hard for us to come home at the first exit."
That's all for today. Check back to mcfc.co.uk at the same time tomorrow for another round-up of City-related World Cup stories in the media. In the meantime, have a read of our Belgium v Russia match report here.