Ahead of yesterday's England U21 opener against Finland, Hart said: "It's a big summer. I've had my feet up for a little bit because I've not been playing for City, so I'm looking forward to getting a few games under my belt. It would be great if we can bring home the trophy.
"It has been tough this year. It's frustrating, but there's only one person can play in goal and Shay's doing that at the moment. I've had to deal with it the best I can. It's not been ideal, but it's not the end of the world."
Hart might well be allowed to go on loan next season - manager Mark Hughes is sympathetic to Joe's frustration, and Birmingham are keen for a deal - and heroics over the next fortnight would propel him back into the limelight.