It was an awful game to watch yesterday as England looked the better side against the USA and should really have won the game quite comfortably.
Robert Green – mistake will give England fans nightmares forever
But then on 40 minutes Robert Green made the blunder of the tournament when he somehow managed to let a half-hit shot from Clint Dempsey allude him and ended up in the back of the net.
As fate would have it I was telling my American friend John, who I watched the game with, just how Green was prone to daft errors – and would you beleive it – Green let the goal in – I was stunned and still am even now.
I woke up this morning and wondered how Green felt when he awoke this morning – I used ot be a goalkeeper myself eons ago, so I know what it’s like when you make a bad mistake like Robert did yesterday, but his was in front of a watching world on TV.
Robert told BBC Radio Five Live:
“It’s done, it happened,” “It’s not something you can allow to affect yourself.” “In the next 50 minutes, I felt confident, I felt fine.””It’s about being steady and taking the rough with the smooth, but that’s life as a goalkeeper.”
“I’ve been in this situation before and it’s about holding your head up high, facing you guys (the media), taking the flak which is going to come.”
“That’s life.” “Dempsey hit one and it’s one I should have saved. Full stop.” “It’s very disappointing, but it’s happened.” “The most important thing is not to let it affect myself.”
“I had 50-odd minutes to play in the game and represent my country and I did that I didn’t let if affect me mentally.” “I didn’t let it affect my performance. It’s about mental strength and worse things have happened to people.”
“I found out before we left for the game when they announced the team, with everyone else,” “It wasn’t a factor. I prepared the same as if I was going to play.” “I prepared the same as if I was at West Ham, as I have done all my career.”
“You go through mental preparation the night before the game and prepare for moments of trauma in a game when it happens.” “It happened today and for me the important thing was to bounce back from it.”
“I’m sure there’s 50-odd million people disappointed with me this evening,” “But I’ll come back tomorrow, work hard in training, work hard the next day, prepare the same, prepare as if I’m playing in the next game and it won’t affect me.”
“I want to carry on playing and I want to stand up and represent my country.”
Those are decent words from Robert in the circumstances, but to us he’s always been suspect – and we had expected David James to start.
We were surprised when we saw Green, Milner and Heskey in the tunnel before the game, and we had expected James, Joe Cole and Peter Crouch to be in the team.
And didn’t James Milner look absolutely terrorfied before the game and when the national Anthem was being played.
The game seemed too much for him, and he was taken off by Capello because he seemed out of control and already had reiceved one yellow card – a wise decision by Fabio.
And in the second half we had a great chance to win the game but unfortunately it was that man Heskey who was straight through one on one on the goalkeeper – and this lad just cannot score goals He keeps proving that..
He says there’s more to his game than just scoring goals, but that’s like a train driver saying he cannot drive the train, but he’s good at other things like making sandwiches and mixing drinks.
A striker should be able to score goals and Heskey never was, and never will be – a natural goal-scorer.
How he makes th e England team but cannot get his game at Aston Villa is byond us.
So on Friday we hope Fabio starts David James – although we think Hart is the better goalkeeper and hopefully he will also start Joe Cole and Peter Crouch and we should be OK against Algeria.
At least James doesn’t make many howlers – does he?
Oh yes – Calamity James – we almost forgot that.