The former City keeper admits Hart could benefit from stiffer competition within the squad.
Schmeichel said: "Joe Hart has come in for a bit of criticism but it's only because he's the England goalkeeper and he's not got any competition. It's always been like that, it's just the way the English media works.
"Joe Hart is a tough cookie and he won't listen to any of that. A lot of what he has been criticised for is just rubbish."
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