- Joe Hart
- 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
- April 19, 1987
Joe Hart, or to give him his full name, Charles Joseph John Hart, was born to Charles and Louise Hart on 19th April 1987 in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England. He attended Oxon Primary School which was followed by Meole Brace School Science College in Shrewsbury where, by his final year he made head boy. Joe Hart could easily have turned his attention to cricket rather than football as he was equally talented at both during his school years and did in fact play for Shrewsbury CC in the Birmingham and District Premier League. He also spent two years in Worcestershire’s cricket youth squads.
Hart’s first foray into senior team football was for Shrewsbury Town where he travelled with the team twice but only warmed the substitute bench in a season which saw them relegated to the football conference while he was still only 15. This was in 2003. He made his senior team debut on 20th April 2004, a day after his 17th birthday and played for the full 90 minutes against Gravesend and Northfleet. In his next game, four days later, he conceded three goals against Morcambe. He didn’t play again until April of the following year and then only played six games in the season.
From the start of the 2005/6 season, Joe Hart had claimed his place as Shrewsbury’s number 1 and played all 46 games conceding 55 goals. Even though he was conceding an average of over 1 goal per game, he had become noticed due to his personal performance and in October of 2005 he won his first England under 19 cap as a substitute in a game against Poland.
Hart was becoming a familiar face in the under 19 squad and while he was in Belgium preparing for his fifth England game, it was announced that his move to Manchester City had been completed. He made his debut for his new club on 14th October 2006 and kept a clean sheet against Sheffield United in a match that ended goalless. Joe’s last game for the under 19s was on 22nd May 2006 in a match which England lost 1-0 to Serbia and Montenegro.
Following his under 21 debut against Spain in place of the injured Scott Carson, Joe Hart was selected by Stuart Pearce for the preliminary 30 man squad for the under 21 Euro 2007 competition and later went on to make Pearce’s final 23 man squad. He played in a friendly against Slovakia in the run up to the competition but took no part in the finals with Scott Carson playing all of England’s games.
In 2009, Hart was first choice for the under 21 Euro 2009 finals. He played in the first two group games but was rested for the third as England had already qualified. The semi final of the competition was against Sweden and England gave up a 3-0 lead when Hart conceded three goals in the second half to force the game to extra time. With no more goals forthcoming, the game went to penalties. Hart saved one and scored one with England winning 5-4. Unfortunately, Joe picked up a yellow card during this game which saw him suspended for the final.
Joe Hart was called up for the England senior squad by Fabio Capello for a couple of friendly matches against the USA and Trinidad & Tobago. He stayed on the subs bench for the USA game but made his senior England debut on 1st June 2008 against Trinidad & Tobago coming on at half time to replace David James. England won the game 3-0.Following several more call ups by Capello, Hart was named in the provisional 30 man squad for the 2010 World Cup. He kept a clean sheet in each of the two warm up games he played in and booked his place in the final 23 along with Rob Green and David James but didn’t feature in any of the games. He earned his fourth cap in a friendly against Hungary.
Hart’s first competitive England cap came against Bulgaria at Wembley which was a Euro 2012 qualifier, a game which England won 4-0 with Hart making three huge saves.
On 16th May 2012, the new England manager, Roy Hodgson named Joe Hart in his UEFA Euro 2012 squad and he played a vital role in England making it to the quarter-finals. He made the most saves in the tournament with 19 and was praised for his confidence.
On 6th February 2013, England beat Brazil for the first time in 23 years when Hart saved a penalty kick and the follow-up shot from Ronaldinho in a friendly at Wembley.
On 12th May 2014, Roy Hodgson named Joe Hart in the 23 man squad for the 2014 World Cup in Brasil.