Southgate: Hart was the hero

England coach Gareth Southgate heaped praise on goalkeeper Joe Hart after his heroics helped England earn a 0-0 draw with Slovenia in Tuesday's World Cup qualifier.

Both teams were looking for three points, but while England couldn’t hit the target, Slovenia were left frustrated by Hart, who made a series of sensational saves.

With Hart showing some fine form in goal, England managed to secure a point and they now sit atop Group F with seven points from three qualifying matches. 

"[Hart has been] fantastic this week," Southgate told ITV. "He is at his best when calm and composed – something he's aware of and something we've discussed.

"His attitude was excellent and his manner very calm. It was a brilliant, outstanding save – that got us the point."

Despite only getting a point on Tuesday, Southgate believes it could be a vital one should things come down to the wire later on. 

"I think the overall objective is to qualify," he said. "Long term, maybe that point will be important.

"Everyone can see we could be better. Most of their chances came from our mistakes.

"Having said that, some mistakes came because we tried to encourage them to play on a poor surface. We encourage them to play but at sensible times."

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