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Man City and England No1 Hart: I owe it all to Birmingham

Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart admits his England breakthrough came thanks to Birmingham City.

Hart's emergence has meant that England owe a debt to an unlikely source - a Scotsman. Birmingham manager Alex McLeish took Hart on loan last season and after an indifferent start, flourished.

"I can't stress how important that time was," said Hart. "If I had been sitting on my bum that would have done nothing for anyone - not for Birmingham, not for City and not for me."

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