Hart backed for England captaincy

Gareth Barry and James Milner have given their backing to Manchester City team-mate Joe Hart in the search for a new England captain.

The Three Lions are currently without a manager or skipper, and a debate has raged about who should replace John Terry in leading the national side.

The Etihad Stadium side’s goalkeeper is one of the contenders, and would be a good choice according to some of his fellow internationals.

“Joe is simply a world-class goalkeeper,” Milner told Mirror Football.

“I’ve played with some great keepers and he’s definitely up there with the best. He’s only going to get better and better, he’s been absolutely unbelievable for us this season.

“The England captaincy is nothing to do with me, decision-wise, but Harty’s a great character. He talks, he’s not afraid to say what he thinks and I’m sure he’s going to be England’s No.1 for a very long time, so he’s as good a candidate as anyone,” he stated.

Meanwhile Barry has also talked up Hart’s chances, especially after he pulled off a match-winning save from Darren Bent late in the recent 1-0 victory over Aston Villa.

“That’s why people talk about him as one of the world’s best. He’s going to be around a long time, he’s going to be England’s No.1 for a long time, so good luck to him,” Barry added.

“We are indebted to Joe, he’s been fantastic all season. It’s not just in the last minute at Villa that he’s made world-class saves, he’s done it in nearly every game.

“That’s why he’s talked about as one of the best in the world. Next England captain? I’d give it to my friend Joe Hart,” he concluded.

By Gareth McKnight