Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart has been backed to get bigger and better for club and country.

Hart will play in the Barclays Premier League match against Newcastle at St James' Park tonight after a hectic international schedule. No sooner had he helped England Under-21s defeat Wales to clinch a place in the finals of the European Championship before he was drafted into the senior squad for the match in Belarus.

Former City goalkeeper Joe Corrigan believes Hart has the ability to enjoy a long and successful career. He said: "Joe is potentially a very good goalkeeper. I hope he continues his progression and gets to where he should be."

He added: "He has a good set of hands, is tall, kicks the the ball well and is a good shot-stopper.

"Some people have commented he might need building up but I don't think that is necessarily so. That will come with age - it is just experience he needs as well."

Corrigan, now in his fifth season as goalkeeping coach at West Brom, revealed they tried to sign Hart from Shrewsbury when Bryan Robson was in charge.

But City had more financial muscle and he moved to Eastlands in May 2006.

Corrigan added: "We identified Joe when he was at Shrewsbury but we couldn't match the money City put down for him.

"It was a fantastic move for him and a brave decision by Eriksson to make him number one, considering Sweden goalkeeper Andreas Isaksson was there at the time."

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