Surely Capello Will Not Stick With Robert Green

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
Rooney Crouch

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.

Comments welcome.

26 comments so far

  • coxonfamily

    Jun 13, 2010 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #1

    David Seamans was the biggest blunder for me, but i still think he was a world-class goalie. If we drop Green now his confidence will be shot to pieces and will never be seen in a england shirt again. What happens if we put Hart or James in and they make a mistake do we drop them aswell :S

  • Wud die for Aberystwyth Town FC

    Jun 13, 2010 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #2

    Ed, why is this turning into “THE ENGLAND BLOG” all of a sudden. Keep it simple and just post articles on NEWCASTLE UNITED just as the title says !!!!!

  • coxonfamily

    Jun 13, 2010 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #3

    James for me is the most over-rated goalie england has ever seen.

  • coxonfamily

    Jun 13, 2010 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #4

    Because England is important to most of us?
    If you dont like it, you dont have to come and read it 🙂

  • Thump

    Jun 13, 2010 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #5

    Honestly can we stop knocking the lad? He made a mistake, he’s trying to get over it. He has to take enough stick without us lot having a go at him.

    The real question you should be asking is why we didn’t capitalise on the countless opportunities we had in the last 20 minutes!

  • Toon1978

    Jun 13, 2010 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #6

    Agree with Thump. Green was unfortunate i think it took a little bobble just before he put his hand out for the ball. We also missed a few sitters and Heskey wants shot for not putting his chance away. Lampard and Heskey struggle at international level. For me it would be Gerrard and Barry or Carrick in midfield.

  • eijgnem

    Jun 13, 2010 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #7

    Capello should called Steven Taylor instead of Carragher.

  • MacToon

    Jun 13, 2010 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #8

    Stuck record time fgs.

    leave the guy alone, have some faith in the manager, afterall it’s not like we can change him now.

    Can’t believe the anti-Green threads!

    It’s easy for us to be critical, too easy but there was some good work done by England and the USA game should be the most difficult game in the group section for us.

    It was vital we didn’t lose the first game, well we didn’t and still on target to get through.

  • MacToon

    Jun 13, 2010 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #9

    Oh agree with Coxon’s 3 posts!

  • The Carnivorous Badger

    Jun 13, 2010 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #10

    He will not make another error that bad for the rest of his career. Either way, you’d rather he did it now than in a quarter final, don’t you?

    The team Capello should play:


    Johnson and Cole bomb forward enough, so if our RM and LM tuck in, we can win the midfield battles. Gerrard, J. Cole, and Lampard are interchangeable. Dawson plays as he has far more pace than Terry, Carragher and Upson, and King is injured (as well as looking shaky against the USA & in the warm ups.)

    Our strength is in centre midfield. This side will definitely cope with Algeria and Slovenia, although the lack of pace may be exposed against, say, Germany, who have Schweinsteiger and the rest of their midfield. I would bring on Lennon and Heskey after 60 mins or so, as Lennon can scare tired defenders, and, as we saw yesterday, for half an hour/a half, Heskey’s power can, again, cause tired defenders problems.

  • Thump

    Jun 13, 2010 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #11

    @Toon1978: His positioning was wrong (cupped hands and he should have smothered the ball) but that could have been dealt with. Like he’s just said on BBC it hit his thumb and bounced away. Sh1t happens and it’s all part and parcel of the game. We got a point that we probably didn’t deserve and we have what’s looking to be an easy group to win. I could think of a lot worse than 1 point!

  • MacToon

    Jun 13, 2010 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #12

    “He will not make another error that bad for the rest of his career. Either way, you’d rather he did it now than in a quarter final, don’t you?”

    Couldn’t agree more, the team though might change to 1 up front and 5 mf when we play the better teams, maybe Barry in the middle aswell as Gerrard and Lampard, J Cole on the left and ? on the right.

  • The-Ciaran8

    Jun 13, 2010 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #13

    Id play dawson hes our fastest defender and will make up for terry not being able to turn quick enough.

  • DanNUFC

    Jun 13, 2010 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #14

    i don’t know who ‘we’ are, but i’d stick with Green… and btw, Capello knew his team before 2 hours away from the match but didnt announce it until then, so stop knocking him and Green and just get over it, it was a good result against a team who beat Spain 2-0 last year, i agree we should have beat them, but the blame should be put on the attackers who failed to take the countless number of chances they had… sorry Ed, i love this blog but i disagree with your assessment

  • del

    Jun 13, 2010 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #15

    Might as well report on England, not much going on on the Newcastle front right now is there…

  • MacToon

    Jun 13, 2010 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #16

    Slovenia 1-0 ahead… keeper error , off with his head!

  • AngerOfTheNorth

    Jun 13, 2010 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #17

    I like Carnivorous Badger’s team… Although I still think Heskey is worth playing.

    Dawson ought to be playing as we’re lacking pace at the back and if the USA strikers were better finishers they’d have beaten us yesterday as a result.

    Joe Cole should also be playing as I thought that Wright-Phillips and Lennon created precious little despite all of their fancy tricks and attempts to beat multiple defenders. Cole would put in that killer pass that we need to create chances.

    As for Green, it was a mistake, lay off him. There’s been a couple of mistakes of late from goalkeepers, these things happen. If anyone thinks that James isn’t prone to errors, go spend a few minutes on Youtube… Green’s a good goalkeeper and until Hart has a bit more experience, he’s the best option we have.

  • MarkO

    Jun 13, 2010 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #18

    Hart all the way

  • Archie Mag

    Jun 13, 2010 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #19

    Jesus, give it a rest man Ed, your just as bad as the red tops, give the bloke a break he dropped a clanger, hes not the first nor will he be the last.

    Like the back page of the sun this.

  • boater

    Jun 13, 2010 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #20

    Sorry Ed – I’m with the rest, it’s pretty vicious to turn on a keeper for one high profile error. It would be nice if it didn’t happen – but hey that’s the english way – we are error prone at this level.

    What is more depressing is the fact that only two clear cut chances were created in the 85 mins after our first goal – and fell to lennon and heskey who are both lacking at this level. Lampard is – pah – a passenger and england play their best stuff when he isn’t playing, but no manager has had the balls to drop him cos of his goals for his club – which is admittedly awesome.

    Argentina were – exactly what we thought – a thrown together bunch of talented individuals – best nay only class team performance so far is South Korea.. that was how to play as a team, crisp passing, invention, break at pace… joyful to watch.

  • Sav

    Jun 13, 2010 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #21

    If wor 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.

  • jimiley

    Jun 13, 2010 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #22

    This is a NUFC blog. Who cares about England. Ed, give the guy a break. Lets hope Harper never drops a clanger or you’ll want him shot at dawn!!!! A striker misses a one on one and its no problem. He scores and hes a hero. A keeper can only make an ass of himself. Take a pill and calm down.

  • The Entertainers

    Jun 13, 2010 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #23

    Green would never have started for me, in fact not even sure if he would be on the plane……..Harper is above both him and James, but then again i am biased !
    But Capello stuck him in goal and must stick with him for the next game….

    Johnson Carragher Terry Cole
    SWP Lampard Gerrard Cole
    Crouch Rooney

  • Captain Beefheart

    Jun 13, 2010 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #24

    Green was simply looking at the bigger picture, and living up to his name.

  • cupiddstunt

    Jun 13, 2010 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #25

    Ed you are sounding just like a lot of the short sighted football watchers that frequent this blog, your slagging Heskey and for what? He had an excellent game won virtually every ball that was knocked up to him, won the battle against two bigger defenders, created the goal for Gerrard with a superbly weighted curling lay off and played an all round MOTM performance and yet you slag him, so sad.

    As for Green I think his error is no worse that Robinsons miss kick or Seamans flapping at the ball as he was caught off his line, yes I think Capello should have had Harper in his line up of three keepers but that is history, to drop Green now will possibly have the same effect as Robinsons miss kick I do not think he has recovered from that yet and I would hate to see Green pilloried for one error, the ball bounced right in front of him notoriously bad place to judge a pick up from, green in goal for the next game definitely.

  • punk skunk...

    Jun 14, 2010 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #26

    What did ya’ expect from a ‘keeper that let in a million goals with a team that struggled to survive last season?..
    …The guy is asleep on his feet & an utter liability, james is no better!..Seems to me that Capello has wasted about 5 team places on players that just aren’t good enough, can’t handle it or are injured…


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