Torino name new keeper ‘John Hart’ in the starting XI

Joe Williams

Joe Hart has been handed a starting berth for Torino’s trip to Atalanta this weekend – but the Serie A side made a gaffe as the team sheets were handed in.

Hart joined Torino in a season-long loan deal following Pep Guardiola’s arrival at Manchester City over the summer and his new boss Sinisa Mihaijlovic has put him straight into the team for Sunday’s away match.

However, when the team sheets were revealed, the Italians named their keeper for the day as ‘John Hart’ rather than his preferred ‘Joe’.

The England international’s full name is Charles Joseph John Hart, so we can maybe excuse his new side of making an easy mistake.

Unlike his club side, the keeper has had no issues grasping the language, with Mihaijlovic saying that Hart’s Italian was coming along nicely.

“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.”