McLeish backs Hart for WC place

Hart, on a season-long loan with Blues from Manchester City,

produced another exemplary display in Monday’s 1-0 win at Stoke

that extended the club’s unbeaten Premier League run to 11 matches.

At a time when there is no stand-out candidate for the England

number one slot, McLeish feels 22-year-old Hart is in with a shout

of claiming the coveted position. “His form has been brilliant, and

let’s face it, he is looking a big, powerful bloke between those

sticks right now,” remarked McLeish. “He has improved since he came

to us. He probably had it there anyway, but we have probably

brought out the potential. “Joe has as good a chance as anybody

else to certainly be in the England squad. “I know that Fabio

Capello and his staff like him, so he already has an edge, and his

recent performances have certainly shown he can be a candidate.”