Joe Hart plays down captaincy chances

Manchester City goalkeeper has moved to silence claims that he should replace John Terry as England captain, and feels there are other experienced players more qualified for the job.

The FA stripped the Chelsea centre back of the armband as he scandal over his reported racist comments against Anton Ferdinand continues, with Terry set to answer his case in court in July.

Hart has made the Three Lions’ number one jersey his own with outstanding performances for club and country, but does not consider himself an option to replace Terry as skipper.

“I’m flattered to be linked with it, but I think anyone who’s having a consistent run in the England side is being linked with it,” the stopper told Mirror Football.

“There are a lot stronger candidates than myself.

“There’s a long way to go. I’ve got a really important season with games for Manchester City and hopefully a couple for England coming up. That’s all I’m concentrating on just now,” he stated.

The debate over Terry’s potential inclusion or exclusion from Fabio Capello’s Euro 2012 squad continues in the press, but Hart has declined to comment or judge the veteran defender’s conduct.

“It’s not really for me to comment upon. I don’t know what was or was not said,” he finished.

By Gareth McKnight