Date: 25th March 2015 at 4:36pm
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Goalkeeper Joe Hart is set for his 50th England cap this international break.

Having kept his 100th Premier League clean sheet in the three nil victory over West Bromwich Albion last weekend, if (he will won’t he!) he gets on the pitch against Lithuania and Italy it will be 50 appearances for him.

Should he do that he will become only the sixth England keeper to reach the half century mark and he will go down in history alongside Peter Shilton, Gordon Banks, David Seaman, David James and Ray Clemence who are all ahead of him in the cap tallies.

In fact he’s only five off James.

In quotes carried by the Official Site Hart said of the potential honour.

‘I could potentially get 50 caps. I am knocking on those kinds of tallies at the moment which is exciting. I’m a soldier, I’m a player. I just want to play as much as I can for my team and for my country and that’s all I can put my focus on.’

With 300 appearances for Manchester City kicking in shortly as well, Hart says he’s delighted with the milestone’s heading this way this season and long may they continue for him.

‘I don’t ever see any end. I don’t want there to be an end. You can’t finish one game and think: ‘that is me sorted’, I want to keep going, I keep preparing for games and hopefully I keep playing in them. I have got a lot of hard work to do to keep my place and I am willing to do that.’

With Hart’s form in focus at the moment, a disappointing season and period for the club of late, has meant his efforts have really taken the focus such as the games against Barcelona and Hart has been pleased on a personal level how he bounced back from disappointment last season.

‘It was a situation for me where football didn’t go the way I wanted it. I was out of the team but I still had a good relationship with the manager, worked hard on what I felt I needed to work hard on and came back into the team. My aim when I came back into the team was to fit back in. I didn’t want to come back and make 50 saves and make an arrival. I just wanted to get back into the flow of playing games consistently and well.’

Of course following the Barcelona games, a certain Lionel Messi was full of praise for our stopper using the phrase ‘phenomenon’ to describe his efforts.

‘He is a fantastic player and for him to comment on me is great – but I’m not getting carried away.’

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