Joe Hart had little to do during England’s 0-0 draw against Slovakia at Euro 2016.
Slovakia managed just two shots on target as England pushed in search of a winner. Roy Hodgson’s team peppered Matus Kozacik’s goal with 29 shots.
It was a similar case in the Three Lions’ previous game against Wales. In the second half, Hart watched England’s 10 outfield players huff and puff before scoring twice past Wayne Hennessey.
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Yet, for England’s dominance, they managed to score just three times in the group stages and didn’t even win Group B.
And Hart certainly hasn’t been a bystander. He conceded in the final seconds of the Russia game and was certainly at fault for letting in Gareth Bale’s free-kick’s last Thursday.
So his admission that he hasn’t “had anything to do in the whole tournament” has perplexed England fans.
Hart is quoted by Goal as saying: “We are into the next round and nobody will want to play us. I haven't had anything to do in the whole tournament to be honest. We have been playing very well as a team."
Err, shall we remind Hart of the save he needed to make from Bale?
Here’s how Twitter reacted to Hart’s comments.
Hart acknowledged his error vs Wales
It would be understandable if Hart hadn’t blundered against Wales. In three contests at Euro 2016, he’s been kept largely quiet but for a few saves.
But allowing Bale’s free-kick to sneak in will not be forgotten, regardless of the outcome.
The Manchester City star even acknowledged his error on Instagram.
“Wow, no doubt I should be saving the goal, but if this is the consequence then so be it,” the 29-year-old wrote.
The draw allowed Wales to capture top spot in Group B, meaning England will play the runners-up of Group F in the last-16.
Despite the disappointment, Hart remained defiant. In his eyes, no team will want to take on Hodgson’s Lions in France.
“We’ll obviously watch the next games and see who’s ready for us next, but I’m sure they won’t be looking forward to finishing second in the group," he said, per the FA’s website.
"It’s what happens in football sometimes, but we’re focused, we’re through to the next round, we’ve still got our sights set on going a long way in this tournament."
Hart’s confidence is admirable but neither Portugal, Hungary, Iceland or Austria - their possible opponents in the last-16 - will be too worried about taking on England based on last night’s showing.
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