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Sep 4, 2010

Hart could be number one for 10 years

Joe Hart can be the England goalkeeper for the next 10 years according to an ESPNsoccernet insider close to manager Fabio Capello.

Capello was unsure who would be England's number one in South Africa, and has also been concerned about the goalkeeper's position for their Euro 2012 qualifying campaign.

But Hart's assured performances for his country, and his form for Manchester City at the start of this season, have led Capello and his back room staff to believe they have finally solved the goalkeeping dilemma.

Keepers such as David Seaman, Ray Clemence, Peter Shilton and Gordon Banks have been world-class for England in the past, but more recently there have been a number of changes in the position.

"We are no longer talking about the goalkeeper problem," an FA insider said on Saturday, after Hart's flawless performance in the Euro 2012 qualifying opener against Bulgaria. "There is no reason to believe that Joe Hart cannot be the England keeper for the next 10 years, why not? - even if Fabio Capello won't be around anywhere near that long!

"Joe Hart had a really good season last season and has done really well at the start of this season for Manchester City. He now has a good chance of establishing himself as the long term England number one goalkeeper."

Capello began with Robert Green in the World Cup, quickly switching to veteran David James, but Hart has now grabbed the starting role.

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