Shrewsbury to land £500k if Hart plays
League Two minnows Shrewsbury Town are in for a windfall of £500,000 when Joe Hart makes his competitive debut for England, which should come against Bulgaria on Friday night.
Hart began his career with Shrewsbury, making 58 appearances for the club before being signed by Manchester City in the summer of 2006. And now the Shrews are set for a vital injection of cash after the Euro 2012 qualifier.#
There is also a clause in the deal which saw Adam Johnson move to Manchester City from Middlesbrough, though it is thought Boro received their £1 million payment in May when the winger made his bow in a World Cup warm-up game.
Hart said: "I think I am right in thinking Shrewsbury get half a million if I play on Friday. That will be huge for the club. Last time when I played in the friendly, they thought they were getting it but it has to be a competitive game.
"It is huge money for a team like that and I am pleased for them although there is only one player left from my time there. Everyone else has gone.''
But Hart is not taking his place in the England team for granted. He said: "I don't think anyone knows they are playing. There are only a couple of people who can quite comfortably say that in our squad. I'm definitely not one of them. I'm just going to train hard and do my best to get in that team.
"We owe the fans. It is a huge opportunity on Friday and there is so much more emotion around night games. Bulgaria will be tough opposition. Hopefully there is a good crowd out there and we will give them something to get behind us.
"England as a nation need to be winning games.''
Hart also reiterated that he would have left Eastlands this summer had he not won his battle with Shay Given to be Roberto Mancini's first choice goalkeeper. He said: "I just wanted to play. Sitting on the bench just doesn't interest me because of the way I am and the way I enjoy football.
"If Shay was in possession, then I would have looked elsewhere but luckily enough for now I'm playing and I just want to enjoy that. But Shay Given is a huge keeper who has done well for years and years and is so well respected that I've got to be on my toes to keep my place and make it my own.
"I can't speak highly enough of the guy. I respect him and look up to him in so many ways, not only as a keeper but as a person, a professional, everything about the way he is. I love working with him.''