John…sorry, Joe Hart’s Italian debut blunder

This summer has been one to forget for former Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart.

After England’s humiliating exit from the Euro 2016 at the hands of Iceland, Hart arrived at City to find out that he wouldn’t be Pep Guardiola’s number 1 goalkeeper for the season.

With his ten-year service at City having come to an end, the 29-year-old then moved on loan to Serie A side Torino FC. He was thrown straight into action in the starting line up on Sunday 11 September as ‘John Hart’ on the team sheet.

The embarrassment for Joe didn’t end with just the name blunder; the England number 1 goalkeeper then went on to make a blunder as his misjudged punch gifted Atlanta a goal.

Hart’s debut went from bad to worse after Atlanta took all 3 points of the match, as Torino lost 2-1.

Not only is this a summer to forget for Hart; his debut is one not to remember as well.

Social media reacted, with some poking fun at the England number 1. “Joe Hart’s attempt to make a name for himself in Italy has not got off to the most auspicious of starts…”, @jamesgheerbrant tweeted.

Torino manager revealed earlier in the week that Hart had been making incredible progress in his bid to learn Italian.

“I had good feedback from him so I’m not surprised. He is speaking a few words and phrases in Italian because we have taught him 50 basic football words such as pass, kick, forward and defend and midfield. That sort of thing”.

Hart will spend the season on loan in Turin after Pep Guardiola said he could not guarantee him regular first team football.

The new City manager maintained he enjoyed a good relationship with Hart, despite pictures from the club’s training ground which appeared to show the pair exchanging strong words.

TNT Sport

Photo Credit: Илья Хохлов

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