Malta goalkeeper Andrew Hogg admits he feels sorry for England No1 Joe Hart after Manchester City exit

MALTA goalkeeper Andrew Hogg has revealed he feels sorry for Joe Hart ahead of facing him and England on Saturday.

With the Three Lions expected to lay siege to the visiting goal at Wembley, few would argue with the Maltese No1 feeling sorry for himself.

But in fact, the shotstopper’s sympathies only lie with his opposite number.

Hogg, who was born in England, has watched from afar as Hart was dumped out of the Manchester City side and loaned to Torino by Citizens boss Pep Guardiola over his footwork technique.

Hogg, who plays for Maltese side Hibernians, said ahead of the weekend's World Cup qualifier: "I've followed Joe's situation quite a lot and, yes, I feel sorry for him.

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"Goalkeeping is changing, for sure – I've seen the same thing playing in Greece and even in Malta.

"Even though the quality is not the same they are all looking for goalkeepers who can pass.”

He continued: "I understand the reasoning of the Manchester City coach, it makes sense, but at the end of the day it happens and you have to deal with whatever football or life throws at you.

"Football is a game of confidence and you will go in and out of form, but the best fight back and stay at the top. Joe got himself to Torino and Serie A is a great league."

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