A successful group stage ensured England finished above Euro 2000 winners France to win Group D and set up a quarter-final fixture against Italy, and though there were unusually low expectations surrounding England’s prospects, Hart is hungry for what he would consider to be genuine success.
“The whole point in coming here is not to keep people happy and off our backs,” said Hart. “We are here to win.
“We are not those guys [who settle for reaching the quarter-finals] – we are winners. We want to be successful for ourselves and make English people proud of their team.
“We would like to leave here having given everything. Whether that makes people happy, or keeps people off our backs, whatever.
Just as long [as] we know we have given everything.”
“We do not fear anyone. We are a good team and are here to do well.”