Fabio Capello Selection Error Costs England The Win

We couldn’t believe it when we saw  Robert Green was the starting goalkeeper for England  last night, and as soon as we saw him in the tunnel before the game we thought ………trouble,

Robert Green – cost England the game

We weren’t sure why David James wasn’t starting and we even preferred Joe Hart to Green, so it was a surprise that Green started , although in the warm-up games we though he did OK.

But we remembered a few years ago when he was playing for England and took a goal kick and not only completely mis-kicked the ball to an opposing forward who easily put the ball into the back of the net,  but Robert also seriously injured himself, and was out for a few months.

At the time we thought playing for England must have been just too much for the player, and last night he proved that he we were absolutely right that first time – and he should never play for England – ever again.

Now we don’t want to be too hard on the man, but his mistake last night was the worst mistake we have ever seen from an England goalkeeper – ever – in such an important game.

Captain Steven Gerrard had given England an almost perfect start with a good goal after just 4 minutes,  and we  should  have been able to glide home if our goalkeeper hadn’t tried to collect a half-hit shot and somehow managed to turn it into his own net.

England had looked to be closing down the game  fairly easily but on 40 minutes a half hit shot by Clint Demspey was amazingly muffed by England goalkeeper Robert Green – and to call it a schoolboy error would be too kind.

We talked yesterday about the often brittle mental strength of England players, and if this doesn’t  show that – nothing ever will – it was a terrible error of concentration – to be sure.

But we don’t really blame Green for his mistake, but the responsibility lies with England manager Fabio Capello for placing his trust in a goalkeeper who had looked far from safe for West Ham over the last season, when the London club came so close to relegation from the Premiership.

We would have preferred young Joe Hart in goal, but there’s no way Fabio will now trust a 22 year-old after what Robert did tonight, and therefore we have to hope the experienced David James will be in the nets on Friday in our next game – which we now have to win.

Fabio Capello is big enough and strong enough to recover from this set-back and England can still win the group – but he may have nightmares with what Robert Green did last night.

England used to have the best goalkeepers in the world, but alas that seems not to be the case these days.

So England should have picked up all 3 points as they were so superior to a US side that looked like it played – devoid of ideas to get past an experienced England eleven.

But you suffer when you give weak opponents stupid goals.

Comments welcome.

29 comments so far

  • Tom Mo.

    Jun 13, 2010 at 2:12 AM

    Comment #1

    Green probably cost England the game but the save and post he made of Altidore’s shot evened it out I think.

  • MacToon

    Jun 13, 2010 at 2:16 AM

    Comment #2

    ? was a mistake that could have happened anytime and we had more than enough time to score a winner but hey blame the keeper or the coach it’s easier! Calamity james got his name for a reason and imo shouldn’t even be in the squad.
    USA played well and we knew before the game that it wasn’t going to be an easy game. I’d have thought Milner instead of j Cole was a bigger mistake and even bringing SWP (who did well) instead of JC was questionable too.
    We played well and should still win the group.

  • wilkyvondooom

    Jun 13, 2010 at 2:19 AM

    Comment #3

    newcastle blog or england blog? personally i couldnt care less about how england get on..mackems away is where its at. anyone that cares knows.
    englands for southerners.

  • Purely Belter

    Jun 13, 2010 at 2:20 AM

    Comment #4

    i agree that hart should have started the game but u cant possibly blame capello for an error by the goalkeeper for a harmless shot from way out. Im defending capello on this one. unless green has had a reputation of making errors then i would be saying blame capello, but he doesnt.

    one this occasion the player has to put his hand up and take responsibility

  • MacToon

    Jun 13, 2010 at 2:26 AM

    Comment #5

    wilkyvondooom, not a southerner, I’m a football fan!

    Heskey did well but needs to score fgs, Gerrard had one of his best games for England too.

  • chuck

    Jun 13, 2010 at 2:27 AM

    Comment #6

    As far as i remember there were 11 men on the pitch and to dump on the goalie and manager is f*****g ludicrous.
    C`mon Ed. you can do better !
    Can we get some credit for our team USA ?

  • Tom Mo.

    Jun 13, 2010 at 2:29 AM

    Comment #7

    also Ed I know you are writing a blog on Argentina maybe for another site, but let’s get a Jonas and Argentina article! although he is terribly placed at right back

  • MacToon

    Jun 13, 2010 at 2:33 AM

    Comment #8

    Yeah Tom Mo, he did look a little lost or uncomfortable at right back, certainly not a defender.

    Chuck, I said USA did well 🙂

  • Sav

    Jun 13, 2010 at 2:42 AM

    Comment #9

    It was a bad error, Ed. But that’s all it was. Green is going to have to live with it (at every Prem ground he visits with West Ham next season) and I hope he’s big enough to do that. But to blame the keeper after a totally inept performance like that is very skewed.
    I don’t blame Capello for Green’s mistake. But Capello’s team selection and the performance he got out of them is more culpable because he had no excuse.
    Lampard and Gerrard don’t play well together. We all know it but Capello bottled dealing with it. Heskey and Crouch? We lumped it forward in a manner all-too-familiar to Newcastle fans in recent years, like a team scared to play it through the field, and preferring to rely on the long punt which minimises costly mistakes in the middle of the pitch. But it is gutless, boring and gives possession away time after time. It is the tactic you associate with teams at the bottom whose confidence is shot to hell. The tactic of fear. Hence we Magpies should recognise it all too readily from Allardyce, Kinnear, and Hughton eras.

    As for Mactoon and your ‘we played well….’ I don’t know what match you were seeing but it wasn’t the same one as me. You are right that we SHOULD win the group. But a team of American journeymen thoroughly deserved their point tonight and will deserve to progress ahead of us if we play like that again.

  • wilkyvondooom

    Jun 13, 2010 at 2:51 AM

    Comment #10

    mactoon, pat yourself on the back..football fan. so if sunderland where somehow in the european cup final against a foreign team you’d support them cos they were english?
    have a word!

  • MacToon

    Jun 13, 2010 at 3:14 AM

    Comment #11

    Sav, USA are a team of athletes and they play to win and play well as a team, we have many individuals that do not always make a team however I think Cappelo will get them working well together …..and yes I watched the same game and think we did well and that is my opinion, sorry it’s not the same as yours!

    wilkyvondooom, so because Pele didn’t play for Newcastle I could never appretiate his skill or G Best or B Moore etc. it was because of footballers like these I love the game.

    and yes I’m a football fan and it’s got sod all to do with maccums or halfwits making trash comments on blogs.

  • wilkyvondooom

    Jun 13, 2010 at 3:20 AM

    Comment #12

    sorry..i support newcastle and i despise mackems.
    i was wrong to judge your football values..shame on me.

  • catchy in norway

    Jun 13, 2010 at 4:12 AM

    Comment #13

    i fully blame capello, full stop,, 6 million a year and he bottled it,, i dont care what any of you think, the team was a team that did not respect USA, i know we are all football experts, but green is the 3rd choice keeper, i think we can all agree on that,
    lennon,milner,SWP,j cole, all players that can run at the opp with the ball and should have been given the ball more often ( i know j cole wasnt playing),
    steve g and lamp carnt be in the same team together, even though i think there both amazing players, they just dont fit together,,
    heskey???? the guy will run all day for you, and you need players like this in some teams,, we were england , with a good selection of players to choose from,

    yes for me its capellos fault, he may not have kicked a ball, but he tells the how he wants it kicked,, long ball,? 6 million? jack chalton, at a tenth of the price, and at least he has got balls,

    best player for us glen johnson, strange ,

  • Purely Belter

    Jun 13, 2010 at 4:42 AM

    Comment #14

    catchy how can u blame capello for a shot that went straight at the goalkeeper????!!!
    if he had played james and he made the same mistake people would blame capello for picking james because of his record of making howlers.
    if capello had picked hart and he made the same mistake people would blame capello for picking an inexperienced gk
    the goal was greens fault and his fault only.

    the rest of your assesment i agree with 100%.

  • AngelOfDeath

    Jun 13, 2010 at 4:51 AM

    Comment #15

    From a neutral point of view,i have to agree with one of the Facebook comment on lennon/england wingers.

    England wingers are very fast,and with lots of tricks,but whenever they need to cross,is always not on target.

    From what i see about the match,1st half tempo was very high,resulting a very sloppy match.The ball kept bouncing,with players having difficulties to control it.

    Rooney is the same case as messi of the different match.Lampard was non-existent till 76thMins.Heskey was brought on to play to injured players apparently. 😉

  • AngelOfDeath

    Jun 13, 2010 at 4:51 AM

    Comment #16

    But England should process easily from group stage with two weaker countries below.Unless somehow the gk department of England went self-destruct Mode. 😆

  • Trent Toon

    Jun 13, 2010 at 4:53 AM

    Comment #17
  • catchy in norway

    Jun 13, 2010 at 5:25 AM

    Comment #18

    purely belter,,, i dont blame him for the goal, just his choices in general,
    like i said out of all 3 keepers, green is no 3,

    usa where just ok, very hard working, ppl are saying give them credit,,,
    well i say if england had of played to our strenths, ( pace on the wings and 2very good CM players that can both score) we should have had them beat easly,,,

    long ball games are for teams that dont know how to play football or if you need a goal in the last few mins, every one in the box and pump it in,,,,

    IMO not acceptable for a 6 mil a year coach,,

  • TheGallowgateEnd

    Jun 13, 2010 at 5:40 AM

    Comment #19

    So Purely Better I think what you said just leads us to a simple conclusion: no Hart, James or Green for the English Team but our expierenced and reliable Steve Harps.

    Glen Johnson was also MOM for me today, though he should have shot more on goal than just trying to cross the balls that resulted in nothing.

  • Toonmania

    Jun 13, 2010 at 7:49 AM

    Comment #20

    @ 17
    well there is nothing on the official website like the newspaper cutting says so take with “HUGE PINCH OF SALT” and don’t believe the press!!

  • MrT76

    Jun 13, 2010 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #21

    Does anybody else think that Glen Johnson might serve England better on the right wing rather than right back? I don’t rate SWP or Lennon at all as they both run into blind alleys far too often, with little or no end product. At least Johnson can cross the ball.

  • Trent Toon

    Jun 13, 2010 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #22

    haha toonmania go to this website and start creating rubbish storries ahah http://www.fodey.com/generators/newspaper/snippet.asp

  • Marty-Toon

    Jun 13, 2010 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #23

    Here is a few of David James favorites.
    England have had blunders for years ED not just in the Keeper department but it makes the difference when the keeeper blunders.
    Personally i don`t think England outplayed the USA as they didn`t and won`t create chances with Crouch or Heskey.They just pump the ball up to them and SWP/Lennon there is no end product.

  • Marty-Toon

    Jun 13, 2010 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #24

    Saying all that,i think James is England`s best and should have been playing.
    Don`t think Capello will drop Green.

  • geordielad880

    Jun 13, 2010 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #25

    I would have started with the following line-up against usa:-







    and in the next game would go for:-





  • Captain Beefheart

    Jun 13, 2010 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #26

    It really doesn’t matter what FC does, we have very few world class players in the side and some that are barely Fizzy Popo fare (Heskey, SWP, Crouch..?) and not even a decent premier league class keeper to fall back on so wtf is anyone expecting – to win the world cup or something?

    Steve MacLaren and Sven must be having a wee chuckle…

  • Bao Zheng

    Jun 13, 2010 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #27

    I watched the rugby and then the football. Two tactically inept performances that lacked technique, ambition and passion. Both managed by highly successful top blokes. Baffling. Quote of the day “if they had left their wallets in the changing room they might have been quicker around the pitch…”

  • GeordieTartanArmy

    Jun 13, 2010 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #28

    Lets face it – it as not Capellos fault as he had James (39 years old) and Hart (inexperienced)
    Capello made the safe choice in picking Green and it wasnt his fault – IT WAS GREENS FAULT COMPLETELY NOONE ELSES!

  • Sav

    Jun 13, 2010 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #29

    If wor young Fraser Forster improves this season like he did last, there is absolutely no reason he couldn’t be starting for England by the end of next season and nail down the England’s no.1 for a long, long time to come as Shay has done magnificently for Ireland.
    The lad has a great incentive with so much mediocrity and unreliability ahead of him. I have the feeling it is his to throw away or to grab with those 2 whopping big hands.
    Much may depend on what Hughton decides to do with him and Krul. Sadly there’s no way we are going to be able to hang onto 3 very good keepers for another 12 month, so some hard choices will have to be made. – More than likely, Ashole will accept a fat bid for whichever one of the youngsters that emerges this season, possibly both as we have to make sacrifices to cope with relegation again. Wouldn’t surprise me if we end the year with Harper backed up by Jak Alnwick or Soderburg.


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