Joe takes great Hart from City success
Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart believes the future is bright at the Etihad Stadium
Over the last couple of seasons, Joe Hart has become synonymous with both Manchester City and England.
The 25-year-old 'keeper has played a major part in bringing success to the Etihad Stadium in recent years, going on to establish himself as one of the best shot-stoppers in all of Europe.
And the affable Hart seems unaffected by his meteoric rise to stardom, insisting that he's just taking each day as it comes, whilst enjoying the ride as he becomes a household name within the footballing world.
Speaking to the Manchester Evening News, Hart said: "I love what I do. I'm really lucky that I get paid for it as a job and lucky to play for my country as well."
His assured performances in the City goal have not gone unnoticed amongst his peers, with his Arsenal counterpart, Polish international goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, stating his belief that Hart is as good as they come.
"If you're asking me who is the best keeper in the world at the moment, I would probably say Joe Hart," said Szczesny.
"I know they are big words because you often think the best is not around you, it's far away in another country, but Joe has been so consistent this season it's unbelievable.
"To be that consistent at this level, for 60-odd games, is really hard. He's made a big difference to City and he will be a big help for England."
Fresh off the back of his beloved City securing the league title on the final day of the Premier League season in the most dramatic of circumstances, Hart is hoping he and his title-winning teammates can replicate their club success on the international stage with England, by taking their winning mentality into this summer's European Championships.
And Hart offers words of encouragement to youngsters who aim to one day emulate his success, as he fondly remembers his idols as a kid growing up.
"I remember Schmeichel for his purple kit and England-wise it was David Seaman."
When asked what advice he would give to aspiring goalkeepers, Hart added: "Just enjoy being in goal.
"Don't get too wrapped up in being brilliant at everything. It's impossible. You are going to make mistakes."
Hart's laid-back persona is epitomised by his relaxed approach to interviews, and England fans will be hoping he shows similar assurance in goal during the European Championships.
If he does, Roy Hodgson's men could yet have a successful tournament, despite being written off in many quarters.