On a whistle-stop tour of England to promote his new film, US comedian Kevin Hart dropped into Carrington on his way to Manchester to catch up with his 'cousin' Joe, and even took the time to bury a penalty past the flip-flop-clad England 'keeper despite having never played soccer before in his entire life.
The 37 players fighting for a place in England's World Cup 2014 squad is a post from: Just Football
It's not time to panic. Well that's according to Roy Hodgson at least, and whilst he is in theory right, back-to-back home defeats for the first time since 1977, without a goal scored, can hardly be counted as ideal preparation for a World Cup.
England 0 Germany 1: Five things we learned - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker scored the only goal of the game as England succumbed to their second home defeat in the space of a week on Tuesday night, this time to old enemies Germany.
Roy Hodgson and Joachim Low have both experimented with different players in their friendly fixtures of late, with the respective nations looking to find their best squad ahead of next summer's World Cup.
Despite the return of Cesc Fabregas to full training on Tuesday, Barcelona could be without one of their central midfield starlets for this Saturday's match against Granada.
Already having missed the Spanish National Team's trip to Africa for a pair of friendlies, midfielder Xavi Hernandez has continued to struggle to overcome a thigh injury, having trained on the side for the last few days.
England against Germany has always been a big game, be it the 1966 World Cup Final, the famous 5-1 victory in Munich in 2001 or any of the numerous big games - almost too many to mention - that have gone the way of the Germans instead.
The last of these, the World Cup encounter in Bloemfontein, happened well over three years ago.
Roy Hodgson has used his afternoon press conference to announce the England squad for the upcoming home friendlies against Chile and Germany on the 15th and 19th of November respectively, and it looks a little something like this...
American comedian and actor Kevin Hart visited Manchester City today. And he took time out from his busy schedule to take keeper Joe Hart down a peg or two. The Real Husbands of Hollywood star scored a penalty against Hart. Although it wasn't the cleanest strike you've ever seen, he tucked it into the corner.
A Lionel Messi penalty and a late Dani Alves strike gave Barcelona a comfortable 2-0 win over Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium while Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored twice to leave Paris Saint-Germain on course for the quarter-finals after their 4-0 win at ten-man Bayer Leverkusen.
After a goalless first half in Manchester the match and tie turned in the 53rd minute when City defender Martín Demichelis was sent off for pulling down Lionel Messi when he was through on Joe Hart.
Starting at St James' Park, where the most controversial decision of the weekend took place. Newcastle's Cheick Tiote hit a superb strike, which flew into the net, following a corner. There were three Newcastle players in an offside position as the ball left Tiote's boot. As soon as the Newcastle players and fans celebrated the goal, Manchester City goalkeeperJoe Hart appealed for offside to the assistant referee.
After scoring at the right end of the pitch for Manchester City, centre-half Vincent Kompany then produced this moment of well, sheer bad-luck induced flukery to chip Joe Hart in the City goal and level the scores at 2-2. The Citizens still went on to win the game 4-2 but what a bizarre OG from the Belgian superstar!
Manchester City advanced to the semi-finals of the League Cup on Tuesday with a 3-1 victory at Leicester, and Joe Hart once again impressed. The English keeper, dropped from the City side following a costly error late on in the October 27 loss to Chelsea, has been outstanding in European and League Cup matches since his demotion.
Manchester City midfielder James Milner produced this lovely dinked finish over team-mate Joe Hart in training. The England international coolly lifted the ball over the under-fire keeper with that trademark James Milner flair...
Man City vs Tottenham: Possible Starting Line-ups + Prediction - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Sunday's early kick-off at the Etihad Stadium sees a meeting of two sidesboth desperate to a return to form, after two dismal loses last time around. Defensively-shaky Man City lost their way at Sunderland, while goal-shy Spurs were undone atNewcastle.
Joe Hart's heroics at Wembley on Tuesday against Germany intensified the debate currently grappling Manchester City supporters. Should the Manchester City net-minder be replaced permanently by a long-term transfer target or should he be temporarily replaced to simply get through 2013-14? Media reports have raised the possibility of Julio Cesar, a top keeper who has been dropped completely by QPR, joining Manchester City on short-term deal.
Manchester City's Joe Hart has not played for the club since the 2-1 defeat against Chelsea. He has missed the last four matches after Manuel Pellegrini finally lost patience with the England number one. He has committed numerous mistakes in 2013 and the final minute error against Chelsea seems one too many for the 26-year-old.
The loss to Chelsea late on October 27 at Stamford Bridge was the last time England's national team goalkeeper Joe Hart defended his club side Manchester City. Ever since that defeat City's manager Manuel Pellegrini has opted for Romanian international Costel Pantilimon.
Although not everyone is thinking twice whether Hart should continue as the number one both at City and at the Three Lions.
Manuel Pellegrini dropped England number one Joe Hart for the 7-0 win over Norwich City on Saturday after a series of errors. The drop in performance of Hart is something that has not happened overnight, although this season has been very poor by his high standards. Since the title winning campaign, Hart has not been at his best.
It may seem curious that a side can win as emphatically as 7-0, yet find their goalkeeper - or rather the man who wasn't between the sticks - was still the centre of attention.
So it was as Manchester City continued the curious pattern of this season; imperious at home, struggling away. Their travel sickness, however, is nothing compared to that of their East Anglian opponents.
Joe Hart thinks being dropped by Manchester City will allow him to get some rest, according to his manager Manuel Pellegrini. The City boss acknowledged that Hart was not happy to be out of the team, but said he acknowledged that a break could be useful for him. He said: "I think that Joe reacted [..
Pablo Zabaleta has given his backing to Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini's decision to drop Joe Hart. The right-back says backup keeper Costel Pantilimon deserves his chance after Hart's recent mistakes. He said: "Well, you know, that is football. The manager makes decisions. "We know in this team now the performance of everyone should be [.
TEAM NEWS: Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Demichelis, Nastasic, Clichy, Nasri, Fernandinho, Toure (C), Silva, Aguero, Negredo #cityvnorwich #mcfc Manchester City FC (@MCFC) November 2, 2013 It was already widely known after a leak yesterday, but it has now been confirmed that goalkeeper Joe Hart has been dropped from the Manchester City team to face Norwich.
Goalkeepers of top teams may be called into action only a few times in a match and this is one of the reasons for aspects like concentration and judgement playing a crucial role in their success. Manchester City and England number one Joe Hart has made some crucial errors this season and it is only a matter of time before he loses his place.
Joe Hart has been dropped by Manchester City for tomorrow's clash with Norwich City, according to a report inThe Guardiannewspaper.
Costel Pantilimon will start in goal for City after making an impressive performance against Newcastle United in the Capital One Cup midweek.
While Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini remained coy in his press conference interview today and didn't say whether Hart or Pantilimon would be starting,The Guardian's Jamie Jackson reports that Pantilimon trained in goal behind City's defense today and that he has been given the nod to start.
Joe Hart has been dropped from the Manchester City team to face Norwich tomorrow, the Daily Mail reports. Manager Manuel Pellegrini has straight-batted questions about his team selection, but the Mail claims that the Chilean met Hart today to tell him that he will not be playing. More to follow.
Quandry for Pellegrini as City back line needs re-assessment - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
As 90 minutes ticked over at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, both Chelsea and Manchester City seemed destined to share the spoils. But then suddenly and not for the first time this season the City defence was thrown into disarray with a moment of miscommunication and panic, allowing Fernando Torres to steal in and snatch the points for Jose Mourinho's side.
Alan Pardew was furious with referee Mike Jones at half time after he had disalloweda fantastic CheckTiote strike, as the ball flew like greased lightning into the back of the net and Joe Hart was never going to get to that ball, and he hardly moved. Alan Pardew confronts referee Jones at half time Three [.
The shot by Cheick Tiote that went like a rocket into the back of the net in the first half today gave Joe Hart no chance at all, and Joe didn't even have time to dive for the ball. Cheick Tiote doesn't understand referee's decision neither do we But the assistant referee disallowed [...]
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has refused to say whether Joe Hart has been dropped from the team to face Norwich tomorrow. The England international has made a number of high profile errors in recent months, including handing Chelsea the winning goal last weekend. With understudy Costel Pantilimon putting in a man of the match [.
In which Man City stars Vincent Kompany, Sergio Aguero, Joe Hart, David Silva,Samir Nasri, Gael Clichy, James Milner, Matija Nastasic and Paddy Vieira cheerfully nick a small child's football and then proceed to play a gigantic game of keepy-uppies around various bits of New York in a promo viral for the club's imminent New York City FC tie-in MLS venture thing.
This Thursday, England manager Roy Hodgson will announce his squad for the upcoming friendlies against Chile and Germany. Whilst he will no doubt be pleased with the contributions made so far this season by some of his regular outfield players such as Wayne Rooney and Daniel Sturridge, the 66-year-old could have a potential selection headache with regards to choosing a goalkeeper for both the friendly matches and next summer's World Cup, with his usual first choice Joe Hart's position being questioned after he lost his place in the Manchester City starting eleven due to recent poor performances.