The on-loan Manchester City goalkeeper committed two howlers in last Saturday’s 2-2 draw at home to Inter.
He allowed Geoffrey Kondogbia’s tame shot to slide through his hands and under his body for the first Inter goal and he was flapping at air instead of intercepting the cross that lead to Daniele Baselli’s late equaliser.
However, in England the story made just three paragraphs of one Sunday newspaper’s European round-up and a single paragraph in the Metro’s “Weekend in Numbers” column.
It comes a month after he was made a fool of by casual water on the pitch against Empoli and in all games for club and country it is now 12 matches since he kept clean sheet.
The last time Hart enjoyed such a miserable lack of shut-outs he was an 18-year-old keeping goal for Shrewsbury Town in League Two.
But the fact that this has all gone largely under the radar means he will captain England against Lithuania tomorrow at the same as being touted as the answer to a number of Premier League sides’ goalkeeping problems, including Liverpool and Arsenal.
Where could Joe Hart go next?
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Where could Joe Hart go next?
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Where could Joe Hart go next having fallen out of favour at Manchester City?
Paul Robinson believes Joe Hart was right to move to Torino last summer
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“I could not have given him better advice than to go to Torino for a year,” Robinson said. “It is the best thing he could have done: take himself completely out of the firing line, go and play his football and come back in a year’s time a completely new man.
“Steve McClaren did the same – left for a year and restored his stock in Holland. When Joe left, his stock was nowhere near where it should be, but he is going to come back a highly-regarded goalkeeper and a much-wanted commodity.
“There are a lot of clubs in the Premier League who will be fighting for a goalkeeper of Joe’s ability.”
Robinson’s own international career was curtailed by the constant repetition on TV of uncontrollable blunders such as the miskick against Croatia when the ball hit a divot of earth and bounced over his foot into the goal.
But Hart insists he is not using Serie A as a refuge and that he has always refused to let the media spotlight distract him from his game.
“If you want it to be thrown back in your face, it can be,” he said. “But I try to manage my career and games on a level.
Paul Robinson made a horrendous mistake for England against Croatia in 2006
“If I had ridden the waves of the media or what people’s opinions were, I would be a wreck – you are up, you are down; you are up, you are down.
“I have grown into the role. In the position I am in, even at Sunday League level if you let your performance at the weekend dictate your whole week and your whole life, you are going to have problems.
“One day you are going to be far too overconfident and the next you are not going to want to make eye contact with anyone.
“I know how I play and my position in the games and what I need to be doing. But I am human and sometimes it doesn’t go perfectly but it is not through lack of effort. I am going to dust myself off and do my best for the rest of the game.”
Similarly, Hart refuses to be turned by speculation over his future. It seems pretty clear that all the time Pep Guardiola holds the reins at Manchester City he will not be welcome at the Etihad.
Joe Hart will captain England against Lithuania
He could return to the Premier League but admits it would “not be a catastrophe” if he remained in Italy.
“It’s tough because I cannot answer that question like I have got a host of things to choose from – I don’t,” he said.
“I want to finish the season well and I want to make the squads for the England internationals. Then after that, something has got to give.”
And that is why the dolce vita in Italy suits Hart so well. Life is lived for the moment: there is no dwelling on anything, mistakes or even, for that matter, Wayne Rooney.
“Whoever is fit and available you meet up with,” he said. “Wayne is a huge presence, but football has got this way of happening. If I wasn’t here I don’t think it would make much of a difference. We just keeping going.”
Rather than getting stuck in puddles and leaving you horribly stranded, football usually moves on.