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Joe Hart

Been at City since 2006...

Joe moved to City from his home town club Shrewsbury Town in May 2006.


His professional career with the Shrews began in the 2003-04 season, when he played twice in the Football Conference, before he became their first-choice keeper in the 2005-06 campaign.


He was already England Under 19 keeper when he joined the Blues and made his first team debut on October 14, 2006 against Sheffield United, keeping a clean sheet in a goalless draw.


Joe was loaned out to Tranmere Rovers at the start of January 2007 and was almost immediately selected for England's Under 21s, making a second half appearance against Spain in a 2-2 draw.


Further experience was gained on loan at Blackpool, and when he returned to City he eventually beat off the challenge of Sweden number one Andreas Isaksson and Kasper Schmeichel to become Sven-Goran Eriksson’s first-choice stopper.


He won his first England cap in June 2008 against Trinidad and Tobago, but having started the next season as City's number one he was replaced by Shay Given in January 2009.


Having topped 50 first team appearances for City, Joe spent the summer of 2009 playing for England’s Under 21s in the European Championships in Sweden. 

The dramatic penalty shoot-out in the semi-final saw Joe save a couple, and score one - but a yellow card, his second of the tournament, meant that he had to sit out the final.


Around this time his season-long loan to promoted Birmingham City was also confirmed. A resounding success at St Andrews, he was named in the PFA Team of the Year and included in Fabio Capello's England squad for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.


He did not play during that ill-fated campaign, but he impressed Roberto Mancini enough in pre-season to get the nod as City's first-choice goalkeeper for the start of 2010-11, helping the Blues end a trophy drought of 35 years by claiming the FA Cup with a 1-0 win over Stoke.


From the first match of that season, when Joe was awarded man of the match in the 0-0 draw with Tottenham, he cemented his reputation as one of the most assured goalkeepers in Europe.


He also became England's undisputed no.1, and earned the first of four Golden Gloves awards for the Premier League in City's title-winning 2011-12 campaign.


Joe went on to win a second Premier League and two Capital One Cups as well as playing at the World Cup in 2014 and the European Championships two years later.


Joe joined Torino on a season-long loan on August 31, 2016 and spent the 2017/18 campaign on loan with West Ham United.

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