England/Italy - Hart can be our match-winner says Gerrard

England captain Steven Gerrard believes goalkeeper Joe Hart could prove the decisive influence as his team attempts to end their quarter-final curse against Italy.

"We've got one of the best goalkeepers in the world and eventually he will go on to be the best in the world," Gerrard said of Hart.

"His performances so far in the tournament have been fantastic. He's going to be one of our key players tomorrow night.

"We need Joe to perform to his maximum level because at some time in the game, or maybe in extra-time or even penalties he's going to be called upon to make a fantastic save -- and we all trust he can do that."

English goalkeeper Joe Hart dives for the ball during the Euro 2012 football championships match England vs Ukraine on June 19, 2012 at the Donbass Arena in Donetsk. AFP PHOTO / SERGEI SUPINSKY