Englands unbeaten passage to the Euro 2012 quarter-finals has had nothing to do with the players enjoying seeing nice statues or going for a pizza,goalkeeper Joe Hart said on Thursday. Dismissing a popular notion that a more enlightened and relaxed approach under new manager Roy Hodgson was responsible for their success,the 25-year-old goalkeeper said it was down to the players ambition and old-fashioned hard work rather than the historic surroundings or beautiful architecture of Krakow.
I think we started well with the right idea and the right kind of game plans for each game. I think weve executed them well, he said.Regardless of what some people thought that was nothing to do with the camp. We are here to play football and to play well as a team. Maybe it is more relaxed this time but I think this has been taken out of context. The main thing is that we are playing well as a team and that is why were here its nothing to do with seeing a nice statue or going for a pizza.
Hart stressed that the players would only be prepared to leave after they had given everything they have got. The whole point in coming here is not to keep people happy and off our backs, he said. We are here to win. We are not those guys (who settle for a last eight exit). We are winners.