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sport news Joe Hart looking to fight off competition for England spot

Some clubs welcome their new signings by having them sing a song in the canteen for their team-mates. Others have them dance or make a speech on their first day.

So when Joe Hart turned up to meet the media sporting a shiner, the England No 1 felt the need to explain why. 'My induction was to have a fight with Andy Carroll,' joked the West Ham keeper. 'Andy hasn't come off worse than me.

'Nah, I spread for the ball. I get hit in the face quite a lot but this is the first time it has actually marked me.'

Joe Hart wants to reestablish himself among the Premier League elite goalkeepers

Joe Hart wants to reestablish himself among the Premier League elite goalkeepers

A bruised eye but no bruised ego, says Hart, who is at West Ham because Pep Guardiola decided he didn't want him at Manchester City. He insists he has no hard feelings, because he does not care about Guardiola's opinion. As of now, he only cares about Slaven Bilic's and Gareth Southgate's.

'I'm trying to make a point to Slaven,' said Hart, who faces on Sunday. 'He's my coach. I'm trying to make my point to Gareth Southgate. They're my coaches. They're the people whose opinions I care about.

'Ideally I wanted to be signing a permanent deal somewhere so I could set my life up and have a direction. But that wasn't meant to be and West Ham have been absolutely fantastic towards me.

Hart is extremely thankful the Hammers have given him an opportunity this season

Hart is extremely thankful the Hammers have given him an opportunity this season

'I cannot be any more grateful for the opportunity they have given me. Slaven has come and Mr (David) Gold and Mr (David) Sullivan have come in and made their intentions clear that they want me to be here. There wasn't an awful lot of movement goalkeeper-wise this summer so I'm very grateful to get this opportunity.'

But if he is going to be England's first-choice keeper in Russia next summer, he has plenty of competition, with

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