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Man City colleagues push Hart forward for England captaincy

Two Manchester City team-mates have backed Joe Hart to become the next England skipper. Fellow England internationals Three Lions James Milner and Gareth Barry both believe Hart would be the ideal candidate to take up the armband going into the Euro 2012 finals.

Although Hart is only 24 and seemingly lacking the experience of other candidates, Barry said: "I'd give it to Joe, my friend.

"Harty has been fantastic all season. It wasn't just against Villa (Sunday) that he's made a world-class save, he's done it in a few games.

"That is why he is being talked about as one of the best in the world."

Milner also feels Hart could fulfil the role.

He added: "It's nothing to do with me in terms of the decision.

"But he is a great character, he talks, he is not afraid to say what he thinks.

"I'm sure he is going to be England's number one for a long time, so he is as good a candidate (for captain) as anyone."

As to Hart's talent, Milner added: "He has been absolutely unbelievable for us this season.

"He's a world-class goalkeeper, definitely one of the best I've played with, and he is going to get better and better as well."

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