Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster talks up Celtic man Joe Hart
Watford shotstopper Ben Foster has talked up the personality and quality of Joe Hart as he discussed their England training days together.
The pair were regularly part of senior squads under the likes of Fabio Capello in their younger days. Hart, of course, has an incredible 75 England caps to his name, making his debut for his country back in 2008 [Transfermarkt].
Nowadays he’s focusing on his club form. Hart left England after spending all but one year of his career in his homeland as he moved to Scotland to join the Ange Postecoglou revolution. So far, he’s been one of the standout signings of the summer.
And he’s been talked up by EPL goalkeeper Foster who reminisced about the days he spent prepping for England duty with the current Parkhead number one.
Speaking on his Fozcast YouTube channel, Foster said: “I wasn’t number one choice at the time. Joe Hart was playing and he was incredible. It was that time when Joe Hart was just like…wow. I remember I used to turn up to England training and watch him training and I used to think ‘Well, there’s no point me being here because this guy is a joke’.
“I always say he is a bit like Tigger out of Winnie the Pooh he’s got energy to burn. It was anything, ‘Do you want to do this Joe?’, he say ‘Yep’, ‘I haven’t even told you what we’re doing Joe’, ‘Don’t care’ (said Hart), he wanted to do it.
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“He was just pure energy all the time and I used to think, wow, what a guy. What a wicked guy.”
Joe Hart impressing at Celtic not just via his goalkeeping abilities
There’s just something about Hart that has made him an instant success with the Celtic supporters. And it doesn’t just fall on his goalkeeping abilities either.
After all, he’s actually made some blunders since signing. Some mistakes that will have left fans a touch disappointed. Yet still, you’ll have plenty identifying him as one of the major successes of the summer.
Perhaps this comes from having extremely poor alternatives on the table in the past. It’s difficult to look past the fact that Hart has no competition. Celtic have been used to disappointment when faced with Vasilis Barkas or Scott Bain in goal. It’s no wonder a decent stopper has been adored so much since his arrival.
Yet at the same time, there’s a presence about Hart. Perhaps a confidence too that makes you take to him. The former Manchester City goalkeeper just has leadership qualities bursting from him.
He’s spoken extremely well since coming to Parkhead, and you could be mistaken for looking at him as someone who’s been at the club for the long-term. It’s clear he sees his role at Celtic Park as one of a mentoring role just as much as a goalkeeping one.
And it’s fair to say the fans are enjoying what they’re seeing of him so far.