Ian Wright delivers damning verdict on Joe Hart's England histrionics

England's Joe Hart

Former Arsenal hero and England star Ian Wright has delivered a damning verdict on Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart's Euro 2016 displays.

Ian Wright laughingIan Wright laughing

Roy Hodgson resigned after his side crashed out of Euro 2016 with a 2-1 defeat to Iceland in what goes down as one of the most embarrassing nights in English football history.

England limped into the last 16 after toiling to a second place finish in the group stages behind Wales.

That failure saw them entered into the perceived tougher side of the draw where it looked like they would face Portugal until a late goal from Iceland in their last group game.

But it only provided the platform for the Three Lions to truly embarrass a nation against one of the minnows of international football.

England's Joe Hart concedes Wales' first goal scored by Gareth BaleEngland's Joe Hart concedes Wales' first goal scored by Gareth Bale

Spotlight on 'pumped up' Hart

A lot of focus has been on the performances of Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart.

Heralded as one of the world's best 'keepers back in the Premier League, Hart's form has been abject with mistakes costing England goals both against Wales and Iceland while his command of the penalty area was also lacking.

Even when he came up for a late England corner he ended up getting in the way of Dele Alli as he attempted to get a header in on goal.

England's Joe Hart reacts after the gameEngland's Joe Hart reacts after the game

Histrionics questioned

Many supporters have questioned Hart's over the top pre-match histrionics with the 'keeper seen screaming to his fellow players in the tunnel and revving himself up during the national anthems.

Badge-kissing, shouting and swearing with cameras trained on him and his prominence in TV adverts during the tournament have raised doubts over his focus.

 

England's Joe Hart celebrates after Jamie Vardy scored their second goalEngland's Joe Hart celebrates after Jamie Vardy scored their second goal

'Calm down'

And speaking in his role as a pundit during ITV's coverage of the game, Wright questioned his behaviour.

"He's made another mistake," Wright said on ITV.

"I'm watching him before games and he's getting too pumped up, you'd think with his experience he'd be a bit calmer.

"He's getting too pumped up and he looks tense, he needs to calm down for me."

Wright's comments came at half-time as the ITV panel ironically debated whether he should be dropped for the next game, a dilemma he nor Hodgson will have to face.

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