The Straits Times
Published on Oct 11, 2012

Hart ready to take a back seat as England face minnows


LONDON (AFP) - England goalkeeper Joe Hart admits he is looking forward to 90 minutes with nothing to do when his side try to restore the feelgood factor against San Marino in Friday's World Cup qualifier.

A stormy few weeks for English football reached an ugly conclusion with Ashley Cole being charged by the Football Association (FA) for calling the governing body "a bunch of twats" in the aftermath of the hearing that saw John Terry found guilty of racially abusing QPR's Anton Ferdinand.

In the circumstances, Roy Hodgson's side desperately need to produce an eye-catching display to get an increasingly disillusioned public back onside and San Marino's visit to Wembley is the perfect opportunity to do just that.

England are huge favourites to beat one of the weakest teams in world football and Hart is likely to have one of the quietest matches of his international career.