Three Lions keeper met fans at St. George's Park thanks to the England Footballers Foundation
made the day for two young England fans when he joined them at St. George's Park
for a special meeting.
The Three Lions stopper spoke to Jacob Cientanni and Uzair Ahmed as part of the England Footballers Foundation’s ongoing support of children’s charity Rays of Sunshine.
Jacob, 13, is living with Non Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and brought his mum and stepdad along to share in his wish of meeting his England and goalkeeping idol.
Meanwhile, 10-year-old Uzair, who has Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia, was with his mother, father and older brother.
The two boys took the opportunity to ask the Manchester City man questions about his career and shared stories and goalkeeping tips.
Joe presented each of them with a signed England shirt and tickets for the England v Moldova fixture at Wembley on Friday
and was impressed by the grilling he received from Jacob.
"It was nice to speak to someone who was actually interested in goalkeepers," said Hart. "He's a cool kid and I know a bit about his background and it's amazing he's here today. He's confident and into his football.
"It's the nice side of football, meeting people like that and hopefully helping as well."
Hart added: "It's something that is so easy for us, 20 minutes out of our day when we are here, and it means a lot to them. If you speak to any of the lads in the team, as far as England charities go, this is something we all look forward to doing.
"If you think back to when you were young, if you had the opportunity to do this then you'll appreciate it more.
"To have a conversation with someone about football and really inspire young people who are going through a lot is amazing."
The England Footballers' Foundation and Rays of Sunshine work in partnership to help grant the wishes of children living with life-limiting illnesses.
The players give up their spare time when with the Three Lions to help make children's wishes come true. They also donate their England match fees to the Foundation and have raised almost £3 million since the launch in 2007.
For more information visit the England Footballers' Foundation website