Hart hails ‘sensational’ Silva

Hart is enjoying an elongated run as England number one and has

played in 11 of the last 12 internationals. In contrast, Silva

struggles to make an impact for the World Cup holders and, despite

his oustanding form for City this season, he will not be an

automatic selection for Saturday’s match at Wembley. Hart said:

“David is a big part of our team on and off the field. We get on

really well with him and he is a fantastic player. He has been

sensational. “It hurts me sometimes when I see the Spain team and

he is not in it because I know he is good enough by far. “I’m

pleased at how he is progressing and hopefully it will push him to

be a number one starter in the Spanish side. “I think he deserves

that but he has got some great players around him. “I speak to him

a lot about Spain because I want to know about the best teams in

the world and find out what’s going on.” Hart has massive respect

for Spain but is adamant England are also brimming with quality as

they start the countdown to next summer’s Euro 2012 finals with the

first of several friendlies. He said: “I watch exciting football

and most of their players are at the heart of the exciting football

in Europe at the moment. “But we shouldn’t get too wrapped up in

looking at the opposition. “We are a good side, with some great

young talent, and will look to put a show on. “It will be a

learning experience but at the same time they are not light years

ahead of us. We are not in awe of them. “International football

also isn’t about always playing the top three in the world. “It’s

also about going to some of the tougher places around the world and

Europe to play some real hard games.” Hart had a word of comfort

for his City team-mate Micah Richards after his omission from the

squad and is confident he will regain his spot. He said: “I spoke

to Micah about it. He has done fantastic this season and captained

the side at times. “If it was up to me to pick the squad, he’d be

in it but it’s not, it’s up to the manager and he’s not made many

mistakes so I can’t question it one little bit. “It hurt Micah a

bit but it hurt him for the right reasons. “He has not taken

offence to it and he wants to do well and get the recognition and

get in the England squad. “I’m pretty sure if he carries on how he

is, he won’t be far off.” Hart is reluctant to become embroiled in

any discussions about his City team-mate Carlos Tevez who has

caused more controversy this week by returning home to Argentina.

But he believes it is important to look forward rather than letting

the Tevez saga become a major issue in terms of City’s progress.

Hart said: “You just get on with it. If you see Carlos, you speak

to Carlos. We’ve got on with it and you can’t let little things

like that hold you back. “There is no point because it won’t get

you anywhere. We’ve just moved on and done our best to move the

club on.”