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Charles Joseph John Hart, whom the world prefers to call Joe Hart, plays in the role of goalkeeper. He represents English football team. Besides, he is also associated with West Ham United, on loan from English Premier giants, Manchester City. Having debuted in 2008, Hart has now amassed 75 caps on an international scale. He also holds the highest number of Premier League Golden Glove awards, with four of them in his kitty.
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Hart’s career started Shrewsbury Town, based on his hometown. Then, in the year 2006, he joined Manchester City. From there, he went to different clubs on loan. For instance, in his first season, he played with Tranmere Rovers, as well as Blackpool. Then, in 2009–10, he joined Birmingham City. He became the PFA Young Player of the Year, as well as Premier League goalkeeper, for his performances in the season.
After that, his return to Manchester City in 2010–11 earned him Golden Glove for maintaining the most number of clean sheets in Premier League. Hart replicated this feat in the 2011–12 season and was a key player during City’s title-winning campaign. After his third Golden Glove and second Premier League title in the next season, he went on to get his fourth Golden Glove in 2015.
After being a regular at the U21 team of England, Hart debuted for the senior international in June 2008. He is recognised as the top choice as a keeper since 2010. He has earned more than 70 caps; additionally, he became part of the squads that played in two FIFA World Cups and UEFA European Championships.
At the age of 15, Hart went to Exeter City with Shrewsbury Town in February 2003. He remained a sub in the matches till match. In April 2004, he debuted in the debut first team of the club, in a game against Gravesend & Northfleet. After a couple of days, he conceded three goals at Morecambe. He did not get the opportunity to play again till the next April and went on to play in six matches. In these matches, he conceded four goals. In 2005-06, Hart played in the first team, as their primary keeper. He played in 46 games and conceded 55 goals. He received great accolades for his performances.
Hart moved to Manchester City in English Premier League in the year 2006. According to reports at that time, City would pay a starting amount of £600,000, going to a fee of £1.5 million. But in 2012, it was later revealed that the actual amount of the transfer was £100,000. Hart’s potential earned him great recommendations, and he finally debuted for the team in October 2006. It was a Premier League game in which his team faced Sheffield United. During the game, he maintained a clean sheet, and the match ended without any goal from either of the teams.
After his first season at Manchester City, Hart joined Tranmere Rovers in League One on loan in January 2007. He appeared in six games n which he conceded eight goals. Then he was named in the first squad. But, he did not get the chance to start the match against Spain, which took place in February 2007. However, he joined as a sub later in that match. In April 2007, he became part of Blackpool, after being loaned to the team. He succeeded in keeping the sheet clean in the 2–0 victory of his team over Huddersfield Town in April 2007, during his debut appearance. Blackpool earned a win in each of the five matches where Hart played. This included a 6–3 win over Swansea City.
Hart returned to Manchester City as their first choice as a goalkeeper. His performance against Newcastle United earned him many praises. In October, he signed a contract of five years with the team.
In June 2009, the announcement regarding Hart’s transfer to Birmingham City reached the headlines. He would spend the entire season with the team on loan. He debuted for Birmingham in their first match of the season, in a 1–0 loss to Manchester United. After that, in the first part of the season, Hart made some mistakes which led to some dilemmas regarding the player among the authorities. However, in Premier League, his performance became better. His reflexes, judgment, and fearlessness, besides 3 amazing saves against Chelsea, grabbed everyone’s attention. He earned many awards and nominations for his performances during the season.
Hart started in City’s first match of 2010-11 in which they faced Tottenham Hotspur. He presented amazing performances, making saves of some challenging shots. He kept the sheet clean against Liverpool, leading to his team’s 3-0 win over Manchester City 3–0. His first conceded goal was a penalty shot by Darren Bent at Sunderland. In August 2011, his contract was extended till 2016. After another successful season in 2011-12, his form dropped in 2012–13, though he kept the highest number of clean sheets in Premier League. But, his form dropped further in 2013-14. He showed a few more memorable performances in the following seasons, till 2016.
In August 2016, Hart could not find a place in the first match of Premier League of 2016–17. Unfortunately, he could not perform well in the UEFA Euro 2016, either. His first start in 2016–17 came in a qualifier of Champions League against Steaua Bucharest. He received great appreciation for his performance. However, new rumours began to be spread regarding his shift to various teams. As a surprise move, Hart joined Torino on loan for the entire season. In September 2016, he had a tough start at Torino, conceding the equalizer. However, he followed this with to clean sheet back-to-back against Empoli and Pescara. He helped the team end the season in the 9th place on the Serie A chart, as he conceded 66 goals in 38 games.
In July 2017, he joined West Ham United on loan, and debuted in August 2017, in a 4–0 loss to Manchester United. Unfortunately, he conceded 10 goals in three games.
Hart appeared for England for the first time in September 2005, representing their U19 team in a friendly game against Belgium. Then, he went on to debut in the U21 team against Spain in 2007, before he debuted for the senior team of England in June 2008 against Trinidad and Tobago. During his time in England, he has earned 75 caps. He also earned his place in the 2018 FIFA World Cup English squad.
Hart was born in the county city of Shrewsbury in Shropshire. His father, Charles Hart, sold gym equipment. On the other hand, his mother, Louise, was a nursery school teacher. He went to Oxon Primary School, and later joined Meole Brace School in his hometown. During his school days, he also showed his competence as a cricketer. In June 2015, he married his girlfriend of Kimberley Crew.
Hart’s current market value is 12 million EUR. This is a drop from his highest value of 24 million EUR, which he achieved in 2013.
Despite his ups and downs in performances, Hart has shown some amazing performances; and, these have earned him great honours, including: