Everybody knew England’s woeful record at penalty shoot-outs in major tournaments but somehow, this time, it felt a little bit different. Hart’s confidence and assurance in goal gave England belief that the curse could be lifted – right until the moment Andrea Pirlo stepped up to take a penalty kick.
Several shrewd free signings have taken place in recent years. The likes of Diego Godin, Aaron Ramsay, Ander Herrera, Franck Ribery, Hector Herrera, Gary Cahil and Adrien Rabiot would be some of the prominent examples. This season too, a few stellar names are up for grabs, and all for nothing!