England vs San Marino: Joe Hart hilariously voted man of the match despite making just ONE save

Hart spent most of the match as an observer as San Marino failed to test him until the closing stages of the match

Jack de Menezes
Sunday 12 October 2014 02:07
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Joe Hart may have experienced his most dull game to date in the 5-0 victory over San Marino, but that did not stop England fans enjoying themselves as they voted the goalkeeper man of the match.

Despite ITV analyst Andy Townsend selecting Jack Wilshere as the official man of the match, England fans saw the match differently – or were so bored that they needed something to liven up the Thursday night’s action - as Hart received the accolade despite making just one safe and touching the ball 19 times.

With Hart securing 63 per cent of the vote, official man of the match Jack Wilshere received just 11 per cent of the fans’ backing – although he also claimed the magnum of champagne at the end of the match.

Three Lions captain Wayne Rooney finished third with Danny Welbeck fourth as the two forwards got on the score-sheet, but there was no stopping Hart as he ran away with the majority of the vote.

Even the Wembley announcer was miffed with the decision as he stopped midway through announcing Hart as the winner, before naming Wilshere as man of the match after the final whistle.

Wilshere was named the official man of the match against San Marino

The newly expanded European Championships have meant while the number of nations in qualification remains the same, lower ranked teams in each group stand a better chance of getting through.

Joe Hart touched the ball just 19 times in 90 minutes

However, on last night’s showing, San Marino – ranked joint-208th and last in the world – will not be making plans for France 2016.

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