Man City keeper Hart defends his wind-up penalty tactics

Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart has defended his spotkick tactics.

He missed the 2009 Under-21 European Championship final after being booked for sledging in the semi-final shootout success against Sweden.

And Hart also came under fire for putting off Swansea’s Scott Sinclair last season, having unsuccessfully tried the same tactic against Frank Lampard.

“I’ve never said anything disrespectful at all,” said Hart. “I wouldn’t even tell people they are going to miss. But you are allowed to talk and you’ve got to talk loud to be heard. It’s just letting people know that I know what they are going to do.

“If I think I know where the player is going with his penalty, then I’ll do it in the Euros. It’s not a planned routine and I don’t think ‘I’m going to walk up to them and say this or that’. I just try to get as close as I can, so they know I’m big.

“My French, Swedish and Ukrainian is very average, but hopefully they’ll get the message.

“What happened in the Under-21s wouldn’t put me off because I don’t think I’m breaking the rules. I wouldn’t break the rules and I don’t do it to break the rules. If it’s within the rules, then I’ll do whatever. It’s different if I’m told I can’t say a word, but that hasn’t happened yet.”

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