Man City boss Mancini defends underfire Hart

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has defended goalkeeper Joe Hart after his poor performance in England's defeat to Sweden.

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has defended goalkeeper Joe Hart after his poor performance in England's defeat to Sweden.

Mancini backed Hart following criticism of his performance in England's 4-2 friendly loss to a Zlatan Ibrahimovic-inspired Sweden in midweek.

Mancini said: "The keeper sometimes can make a mistake, this is normal.

"If a keeper makes a mistake, you concede a goal and you lose. If the striker doesn't score a goal the game can finish 0-0.

"This is a keeper's life but Joe is a top keeper.

"Ibrahimovic can score against every keeper. Ibrahimovic for me is one of the top five strikers in the world."

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