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James Milner backs Hart to find top form

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England and Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart has the confidence and mental strength to come through a recent patchy run of form, according to club and country team-mate James Milner.

Hart has received criticism from some quarters for his start to the campaign, particularly for his part in Manchester City's 3-2 defeat at Cardiff City last month, and also failed to cover himself in glory during England's recent 3-2 win over Scotland at Wembley.

England boss Roy Hodgson has remained firm in his support of Hart, who he insists will remain first-choice goalkeeper for upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine.

Milner believes that Hart has become a victim of his own high standards in recent seasons, insisting that the City stopper will emerge a better player as a result of the scrutiny surrounding his performances.

He told The Sun: "Joe knows what comes with being England's number one. With Manchester City and England you get to the top and you're there to be shot down. He's mentally strong enough to deal that, that's not a problem.

"He's a victim of his own success because of how good he's been and how quickly he's become England's number one and playing for Manchester City. People said he had a poorer season last season but he won the Golden Glove. Some his performances and the saves he made were excellent. The Dortmund game stands out. It was one of the best goalkeeper performances I've ever seen.

"If this is a so-called blip in form, which it may be because his standards are so high, then he is only going to come out it better mentally and he will become an even better player for this."

The 26-year-old has represented his country at senior level 33 times, keeping a clean sheet in 48% of his games for the Three Lions.

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