Corrigan: Hart can surpass Shilts

Shilton made the number one spot his own with 125 appearances for

the nation in a glorious career. Now Hart, 24, has established

himself as England manager Fabio Capello’s first choice and taken

his tally to 10 caps. Capello’s decision came on the back of City

manager Roberto Mancini handing Hart the jersey instead of Shay

Given at the start of the campaign following a season-long loan

spell at Birmingham. Hart is due to face Blackburn at Ewood Park

tonight and former City goalkeeper Joe Corrigan is thrilled with

the shot-stopper’s progress. Corrigan, who made 603 appearances for

the club and won nine England caps, told BBC Radio Manchester: “I

was a little bit envious when he got past my total. “He is a young

boy with fantastic potential. I can only see him getting better and

better. “If he does he will be there for a very long time. He could

go on and beat Peter Shilton’s record. If he keeps his feet on the

ground, Joe has got a great chance.” Corrigan was in the City team

that lifted the League Cup in 1976 – the last time the club won a

major trophy. Hart and company could be about to end 35 years of

hurt as they face Stoke in the FA Cup final on May 14 following the

1-0 semi-final victory against Manchester United. Hart made two

crucial saves from Dimitar Berbatov and Nani at Wembley to keep

City on level terms. “Joe was absolutely brilliant as he has been

all season,” Corrigan added. “As a goalkeeper all you have to do is

keep the ball out of the net. It’s that simple. If you come off

with a clean sheet you have done your job.” Mancini could be

tempted to name an unchanged line-up against Steve Kean’s

struggling side. Italy striker Mario Balotelli looks set to retain

his place following the victory over United as Carlos Tevez has a

hamstring injury. With defender Micah Richards also absent with a

similar problem, Pablo Zabaleta is set to stay in the team

following the Wembley triumph.