Hart & Evans prepare for first international call-ups

Last updated : 16 May 2008 By Ben Collins
England keeper Hart, who was recently named City's Young Player of the Year, was replaced at half-time with England leading 2-0 through a Tom Huddlestone penalty and a deflected Theo Walcott strike.

And there was no further score in the second half at Wrexham's Racecourse Ground, with Wales striker Evans going off in the 77th minute.

The City youngster, who scored 10 goals in 20 league starts on loan at Norwich this season, has clearly impressed the Welsh camp as the 19-year-old had earlier been handed his first call-up to the senior squad.

Evans was amongst 7 uncapped players named in a 35-man squad for Wales' friendlies in Iceland (28 May) and the Netherlands (1 June).

Hart, meanwhile, will now be looking forward to joining up with the England camp next Thursday after receiving his first senior call-up last Sunday.

The 21-year-old keeper was named in Fabio Capello's 31-man squad for the friendlies against the USA at Wembley (28 May) and the trip to face Trinidad & Tobago (1 June).

Hart was one of 3 keepers named in the squad, along with former City keeper David James and Wigan's Chris Kirkland. City defender Micah Richards is unavailable through injury.

City signed Hart from Shrewsbury in 2006 for an initial fee of £600,000 and as part of the deal, there was clause that City would have to pay the League Two side another £500,000 if Hart went on to win a full England cap.