“My body is in pieces, I’ll struggle to get up tomorrow,” he said. “I landed on the frame of the goal.
“It’s my best game for a while, but it was down to a few errors from us. It’s 0-0 and we are going to have to take it.
“We have to improve but we are trying to qualify for Russia.” Southgate admitted he spoke to Hart about regaining his form after a difficult start to this season saw him leave Manchester City to join Torino in search of first-team football.
“I had a long chat with him earlier in the week to ask him what he looks like at his best,” he said. “He started with ‘calm and composed’. He’s been that in the two matches we’ve had.
“His decision making has been excellent, the use of the ball with his feet has been very good, and two or three of his saves were absolutely outstanding tonight. He showed the level he’s capable of. He was top, top class.” ends