The former Manchester City ‘keeper pulled off a number of fine saves throughout the night to deny the hosts in front of goal.
Hart put his body on the line for the national side and picked up an injury to his shoulder early in the second half after colliding with his inside post as he made a remarkable double goal-line save.
Speaking after the game, Hart said: “It was my best game for a while.
“I was asked to do quite a bit but that was down to a few errors by us. We are a young team and we will get better.
“It is a difficult result for us tonight but we have to look at the bigger picture of qualification. They had some chances and we have to give a lot of respect to them. It was an interesting game and we take 0-0.
“My body is in pieces. I don't know what happened for the save but I landed on the frame of the goal. I don't think I'll be able to get up in the morning.”
Hart’s England future looked to be in jeopardy after moving to Torino in the summer but Tuesday night’s performance will have helped cement his position as the national side’s No.1 goalkeeper.
England player ratings vs Slovenia
England player ratings vs Slovenia
1/11 Joe Hart – 9 out of 10
England’s man of the match on the night. The Torino ‘keeper made a number of fantastic saves included a world-class stop just after half time.
2/11 Kyle Walker – 5 out of 10
Couldn’t get forward as much as he would have liked and didn’t stand out defensively either.
3/11 John Stones – 5 out of 10
Unusually sloppy in possession and never looked completely comfortable when defending Slovenian attacks.
4/11 Gary Cahill – 5 out of 10
In Rooney’s absence was supposed to be one of the leaders in the team but his partnership with Stones is still lacking understanding.
5/11 Danny Rose – 5 out of 10
A couple of attacking forays but also left exposed defensively once or twice.
6/11 Eric Dier – 4 out of 10
Another guilty of losing possession too easily and nearly gifted the hosts an opening goal.
7/11 Jordan Henderson – 5 out of 10
Not the all-action performance we saw against Malta but not for the lack of trying. Unclear whether he is England’s long-term leader.
8/11 Dele Alli – 6 out of 10
Tried to create and was England’s best attacking outlet but was missing that final ball on a couple of occasions.
9/11 Jesse Lingard – 5 out of 10
Didn’t see much of the ball but never stopped running. Moved more centrally when Alli went off and had more of an influence.
10/11 Theo Walcott – 3 out of 10
Another below-par display before he was replaced by Townsend. Will have to keep up his Arsenal form if he is going to be picked for the next squad.
11/11 Daniel Sturridge – 5 out of 10
Had a couple of half chances but was mainly restricted to long-range efforts and his decision making was poor at times.
Manager Gareth Southgate praised the 29-year-old for his “outstanding” saves and “top class” quality in between the sticks.
“I had a long chat with him earlier in the week to ask him what he looks like at his best,” said Southgate.
“He started with 'calm and composed'. He's been that in the two matches we've had.
“His decision making has been excellent, the use of the ball with his feet has been very good, and two or three of his saves were absolutely outstanding tonight.
“He showed the level he's capable of. He was top, top class."
Although Hart may have enjoyed a memorable night in Slovenia, the rest of his side underperformed and struggled to create any clear cut chances for themselves.
And despite keeping a clean sheet, England’s backline looked worryingly vulnerable. Southgate admitted it was a difficult night for his players, saying: “We can play better, for sure. The opportunities they had were self-inflicted.
“That's an area that clearly needs to be better. On a difficult pitch our final ball could have been better. We had a couple of chances that, on another day, our forwards might have finished.
“We owe our goalkeeper for an outstanding performance. Would I have been happy with a point before the game? No. But it's a very important point in the context of qualifying from the group.”Reuse content