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Leeds keeper Schmeichel blasts critics of Man City No1 Hart

Leeds United goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel has jumped to the defence of former Manchester City teammate Joe Hart.

The England No1 has been criticised in recent weeks for his form.

Schmeichel said: "I'm reading unbelievable things about Joe.

"It's the way people look at ­keepers in this ­country, especially ­English ones.

"If you punch a ball, the ­commentators say you are nervous. That's ­ridiculous.

"But because in England you have great legends like Banks and Peter Shilton, you are expected to catch ­everything like they did.

"People are ­questioning Joe - that's not good for a keeper. In ­Europe it's ­different. They accept we make ­mistakes."

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