Joe Hart is still eager to improve despite being hailed as the best goalkeeper in the world by England colleague Wayne Rooney and Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini.
The Shrewsbury-born England No.1 earned those plaudits after a stunning performance for City in their Champions League draw with Borussia Dortmund at the Etihad Stadium last week.
But the 25-year-old, speaking ahead of tomorrow’s World Cup qualifier with San Marino at Wembley, admits he is determined to scale greater heights.
Hart said: “It’s nice people say these things but talk is cheap. In goal, you can be the worst in the world two days later if you are on television and something mad happens in the game.
“You’ve got to try and take the rough with the smooth.
“It was great and a real honour for special people to say some nice things but we move on. You’ve got to remain level-headed.
“If you don’t, it’s a big slap when you do something wrong. Then people are going to say bad things about you but that’s football.
“You can’t go too far one way or the other or you leave yourself vulnerable.”
Hart admitted: “I’m still trying to improve. I hate to say it but I am getting a bit older now so I have to get in a bit earlier and prepare my body a bit differently.”