Keeper committed Hart and soul

The Manchester City goalkeeper is in line to face Switzerland at Wembley on Saturday, but he will not be backed up by Ben Foster. The Birmingham number one has decided to take a sabbatical to concentrate on his club career, having decided trying to oust 24-year-old Hart is not worth the effort.

"I can't envisage wanting to take a break," he said. "Who knows what is in the future? Other people make decisions based on personal reasons. I can only concentrate on myself and being available for these kind of trips."

Paul Robinson has also retired and Robert Green was left out of Fabio Capello's current squad amid doubts over his commitment to the national team, only to be called back when it was established that Fulham's David Stockdale was due to get married.

He added: "Right now I am really happy to be here and trying to get that number-one spot."

Mind you, if Hart cannot be happy at present, no one can.

He has pushed Shay Given out of the first-team picture at City, to the extent the Irishman needs a move to try to salvage his career.

Hart was one of the Blues' outstanding performers in a campaign in which they secured automatic Champions League qualification by finishing third in the Barclays Premier League and won the FA Cup.

"What has happened at Manchester City has given me a lot of confidence," he said. "We have achieved some fantastic things this season. We know what a tough task it will be to follow that.

"But the thing is, we could have achieved more, which just makes it more exciting for next season."

Source: PA

Source: PA