Why isn't Joe Hart remembered as being as good as he was?

Joe Hart of England reacts during the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between England and Italy at The Olympic Stadium on June 24, 2012 in Kiev, Ukraine.
(Image credit: Scott Heavey/Getty Images)

In a tournament where nothing much happened, the England vs Italy penalty shootout gave us perhaps the most iconic moment of Euro 2012. 

Andrea Pirlo places the ball on the spot. Joe Hart bounces across his penalty line like a Space Invader shooter. This is it: a Lombardian wine connoisseur against an anti-dandruff shampoo ambassador.

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Mark White
Content Editor

Mark White has been at on FourFourTwo since joining in January 2020, first as a staff writer before becoming content editor in 2023. An encyclopedia of football shirts and boots knowledge – both past and present – Mark has also represented FFT at both FA Cup and League Cup finals (though didn't receive a winners' medal on either occasion) and has written pieces for the mag ranging on subjects from Bobby Robson's season at Barcelona to Robinho's career. He has written cover features for the mag on Mikel Arteta and Martin Odegaard, and is assisted by his cat, Rosie, who has interned for the brand since lockdown.