We are all recovering from the give-away goal that Robert Green gifted to the USA last night – otherwise we would be celebrating a solid start to the World Cup campaign.
Robert Green – what an error!
England manager Fabio Capello tried to remain upbeat after the game, since there were some good performances from some England players – especially from John Terry and new captain Steven Gerrard – who played like he plays for Liverpool – just great.
Capello said after the game:
“We created a lot of chances, we pressed hard… we played a good game.” “One mistake cost us but this is football.”
“I am very happy with the performance of the team. But in the next game, we will be better.”
Capello didn’t pick his goalkeeper until just two hours before the game kicked off, and it could have been either of the three goalies we have in South Africa – David James (39), Robert Green (30) or young Joe Hart (23).
But Capello believes that late decision was not a mistake:
“No, absolutely not,” “I decided Green would be the goalkeeper because he played the last game very well and at Wembley (against Mexico) the performance was very good too.”
“He made one mistake but in the second half he made a good save. This is the problem of the goalkeeper.” “Sometimes a striker will miss a goal, this time the keeper’s mistake.
“I think Green played very well. I am really happy for him.”
That last sentence is a little hard to take – becasue that could well have been one of the worst England goalkeeper errors of all time.
It’s hard to think of a worse error – the ball was half-hit straight at the goalkeeper by Clint Dempsey, but Robert displayed how not to take the ball as he never ever got his body behind the ball.
We want to see David James in the side on Friday against Algeria, but if Green plays, the opposition will surely be told to shoot on sight, and Green would only unnerve his fellow England defenders.
This is the side we’d like to see put out on Friday against Algeria:
Johnson Carragher Terry Cole (A)
Cole (J) Gerrard (c) Lampard Lennon
We doubt Fabio will start Crouch and will probably keep Heskey in the line-up – so let’s hope no clear-cut chances fall to Emile – because he’ll miss them.