Fabien Barthez lays into England's Joe Hart for 'poor technique'

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Euro 2016 was a tournament to forget for many of England's underperformers, but one player whose displays will continue to haunt him is Joe Hart.

Manchester City's No.1 - for now - was at fault for goals against Wales and Iceland and faced the wrath of supporters as a result.

Reports per the Mirror claim Hart apologised to his teammates in the dressing room for his blunder against Wales yet he was guilty of another poor save 11 days later, which proved costly.


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The dust now appears to be settling following England's embarrassing exit but that hasn't stopped Manchester United legend Fabien Barthez from having his say.

In a scathing assessment, the Frenchman has laid into Hart and criticised the 29-year-old's technique.

He said in an interview with Sports Witness: "His diving technique isn’t good. It’s too horizontal, not aggressive enough.

“He messes up because he doesn’t attack the ball’s path, meaning his hands are then pushed back by the impact with the ball."

Barthez continued to quash any belief that Hart is up there with the best European goalkeepers.

“Hart is two levels below (Manuel) Neuer, (Thibaut) Courtois and (Hugo) Lloris," he added.

Brutal. How Hart will feel about having his technique ridiculed by a former 'keeper once labelled a 'clown' remains to be seen.

Nevertheless, the City shot-stopper was understandably remorseful following his costly error against Iceland last Monday and apologised to fans soon after for what was a collectively shambolic display.

According to The Sun, Hart said: “We will get a lot of flak and we deserve it.

“I was to blame for two of the goals conceded at this tournament. I didn’t perform personally.

“I hold my hands up to that and I apologise for ultimately costing us the game tonight and the tournament.

“I can only thank the fans who have made the effort, I appreciate their frustrations and from the bottom of my heart, I am sorry.

“As a group it is down to us. All the plans are put in place, we knew everything about Iceland but ultimately we didn’t perform.”

His focus will now be on impressing Pep Guardiola, who looks set to tear apart and rebuild City's squad from top to bottom.

Previous reports suggested the Spaniard was keen on signing Barcelona's Marc-Andre ter Stegen, but it would seem he is willing to give Hart a chance to prove his worth at the Etihad.

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