Darren Bent believes Joe Hart should have taken ownership of his social media after the goalkeeper apologised for an Instagram blunder following Tottenham’s Europa League exit.

Former striker Bent also revealed his own run-ins with social media while he was at Spurs.

The keeper said someone on his social media team mistakenly though Spurs won 3-0
Instagram @JoeHart

Hart’s official Instagram account shared a graphic showing Tottenham had lost 3-0 to Dinamo Zagreb, but captioned it ‘job done’.

It left fans baffled as Spurs suffered a humiliating exit from the competition after losing in Croatia and going out 3-2 on aggregate.

Hart has now explained that his social media team mistakenly thought Tottenham had won – not lost – 3-0 and so posted the message.

He said sorry to fans in a video shared on his Instagram page.

Bent said Hart should be the one taking responsibility for his social media platforms.

The post that went out on Hart’s Instagram page and left fans baffled
Instagram @JoeHart

Speaking on Friday’s Drive, he said: “I think you should take ownership of your social media. I don’t think you are that busy. Take emphasis of this because if he does then I don’t think he makes this mistake. Do it yourself.

“It can be used as a positive. When I was a kid to get near your hero, mine was Ian Wright, it was impossible.

“The only time you saw them was in the newspaper or on TV. At least social media brings that interaction between the fans and players. 

“Obviously, we’ve seen it can be toxic as when things aren’t going well it gives fans impetus.”

Bent also talked about his own social media run-in while he was at Tottenham, which ended in a fine and an unhappy Daniel Levy.

The striker was trying to seal a move to Sunderland, but Spurs were haggling over the price and he turned his frustrations to Twitter.

He wrote back in 2009: “Do I wanna go Hull City NO. Do I wanna go stoke NO do I wanna go Sunderland YES so stop f****** around, Levy. Sunderland are not the problem in the slightest.”

Bent explained the fallout of the incident on Drive while discussing the Joe Hart incident.

Bent fell out of favour at Tottenham and moved to Sunderland
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“I got a two week fine for it, by the way, and it came back on me. 

“This was no disrespect at the time to Hull and Stoke because I’d already had the conversation with Sunderland, so I wanted to go there.

“Stoke and Hull in this situation were irrelevant. I felt like Spurs were trying to railroad me into going there.

“I’d have a conversation with Daniel Levy saying I want to go to Sunderland, but he’d say ‘but Hull  have offered this’.

“I didn’t really care what Hull had bid.

“I got kicked off the plane before going to China as the deal was nearly done. I got off the plane, but what really annoyed me and why I sent this tweet out, was that Spurs went to China to play in this tournament, came back, and the deal still hadn’t been done.

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy was not impressed with what Bent had posted
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“I was sitting in my house for ten days doing nothing.

“Because Twitter was only just getting big at the time, I didn’t think anyone would pick up on it until my agent phoned me.

“My agent called me and said ‘D, have you put a message on Twitter? It’s everywhere.’

“Daniel Levy I think said to my agent that I needed to distance myself from Twitter. 

“I ended up leaving. I got up to Sunderland on the Monday and they still hadn’t got the deal done, so I couldn’t train until Friday.”

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