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Hart says no hiding place against Montenegro

Published on Mar 24, 2013 6:18 AM

SERRAVALLE, San Marino (AFP) - Goalkeeper Joe Hart said England "must perform" when they face leaders Montenegro in a European zone Group H World Cup qualifier in Podgorica on Tuesday.

England could be either one point clear or five points behind Montenegro depending on the outcome of Tuesday's match and Hart, reduced to a spectator in Friday's 8-0 thrashing of minnows San Marino, said: "Tuesday is big, an exciting game for us. We are getting closer to the World Cup finals.

"We've got to perform." England let a two-goal lead slip in a Euro 2012 qualifier against Montenegro in Podgorica 17 months ago, the hosts recovering to a 2-2 draw in a match where visiting striker Wayne Rooney was sent off.

"Maybe we could be accused of taking our foot off the pedal as we let a 2-0 advantage slip away last time against them when we needed just a point," Hart said.

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