VIDEO: Manchester City star – We are united

Joe Hart

Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart says that England have a strong team spirit heading into their World Cup game against Italy.

England and Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart has insisted that the Three Lions squad is united, and that all players are pulling together ahead of their first World Cup clash against Italy on Saturday.

‘We've had a good three weeks together, we're all pulling in the same direction and we are all very happy as a unit’, he said.

It appears that there is a positive atmosphere in the England camp as team cohesion looks to be on the rise according to England's number one goalkeeper.

Hart added: ‘Everyone you can see in our polo shirts and groups, we are definitely together and we want to do well in this tournament’.

Roy Hodgson's 23-man World Cup squad seems to have embraced the ‘team’ spirit, as Hart suggests that it's not just the players who are united – it’s the manager, coaching staff and physios as well.

As England prepare to face Italy on Saturday, Hart's words will ring true in the ears of the fans. The Three Lions will look to overcome the heartache of Euro 2012 where the Azzurri beat them on penalties - uniting and pulling together now will ensure England have a better chance of overcoming their European rivals in their opening game of the World Cup.

Team cohesion and unity seems to be the recurring motif among many World Cup sides who have been underlining the importance of togetherness. With squad spirit at a high and the emergency of new talent, it is an exciting time to be supporting England.

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