Hart the key for Hodgson
England boss Roy Hodgson believes Manchester City keeper Joe Hart can ensure England enjoy a successful Euro 2012.
Hart produced a fantastic domestic campaign last season, with his saves crucial in City's Premier League title success, and Hodgson is well aware he needs the shot-stopper to be on top form if England are to triumph in Poland and Ukraine. "If you look at the top England teams of the past we have often had a goalkeeper that people have suggested is one of the best in Europe or, in the case of Gordon Banks, one of the best in the world," Hodgson told reporters. "Joe Hart will be vital. His form for Manchester City has been superb. When he has played for England he has done very well." Hodgson feels Hart is amongst the best keepers in the world and has every faith in the City star ahead of Euro 2012, with England set to open their account against France on Monday. He added: "If we are to do well there is no doubt we will need Joe in top form. He produces the saves a normal keeper wouldn't. That lifts your team higher up. It also gives confidence. "I agree 100 per cent with Brian Clough's view; he always placed great faith in goalkeepers. Brian felt they got you a lot of points every year."