Green fingers?

I must admit that the discussions around our gathering before England took on USA were largely centred around the goalkeeping selection.  Our straw poll seemed to favour David James as the best option, with Joe Hart second and Robert Green – who’s had a not particularly impressive season with West Ham – a fairly distant third.

But still, Mr Capello knows his onions, we reasoned – and well, were soon distracted from an excellent start from England where the oft-maligned Emile Heskey teed up captain Gerrard to finish with aplomb to give the Three Lions an early lead.  Maybe too early, maybe we relaxed – certainly the fatal shot wasn’t the first hopeful pot-shot from range by the Americans.

That said, a draw probably isn’t such a bad result – having suffered Algeria and Slovenia fight out a spectacularly dull game in which the Slovenians managed to profit from another goalkeeping blunder to give them a first every win in a major tournament.  That puts them top of the group, and frankly, if England can’t register points against either of these two teams, then there’s something fairly seriously wrong.

Certainly Green will need the support of his colleagues, who’ve all said the right things after the game.  Let’s face it, all players make arse-ups of things – unfortunately for the goalkeepers, their cock-ups generally end up as goals.  Whether the mistake is sufficient for Capello to replace his ‘keeper remains to be seen- but certainly the start of our World Cup hasn’t exactly gone according to plan.

Of course – perhaps a brief reminder that we’re not invincible might be welcome.  Robert Green’s mistake doesn’t excuse the distinct lack of decent chances we created in the game, it doesn’t make up for the lack of ideas – it doesn’t hide the fact that we really need to see more from Wayne Rooney and Frank Lampard as key senior players.  Perhaps this could provide the wake-up call they needed.

Oh, and aren’t those vuvuzela horns the singularly most irritating contraptions we’ve seen in a while?  I really hope that we don’t see them starting to infiltrate our own league games!

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  1. Yup. I understand the vuvuzelas are so annoying they are known as “robbie savages”

    that Camp “-england’s number one” chant doesn’t sound so inlikely now, does it?

    Nice to see we are being linked with a £3m bid for shorty. Can’t see it happening if any premier sides show interest, but we can only dream.

  2. Those horns are a nightmare I would hate to play in them and also sit in a stadium full of them.

  3. Too right, in fact I think I saw something about the SA authorities thinking about banning them because they are detracting from the proper atmosphere of a football game. i.e. chants and singing.

  4. as a scotsman I was wondering if Mr Green has a scottish grandmother in there somewhere given the calibre of our international goalkeepers

  5. Shame… I’m not complaining as I had 10 pounds on a 1 1 draw !! Cheers.!! Alan

  6. Already a poll on the BBC has many saying that this World Cup will be one to forget in terms of the “Damned Vuvuzela”.

    And as much as we can be upset by yet another goalkeeping howler, the simple fact is that England should have won. Heskey one on one with keeper, Wright-Phillips from close range albeit a tight angle and both chances were straight at the keeper. I think England had enough chances to win the game and looked fairly comfortable in possession but if they want to win it, they have to do much better. Let’s hope they just slowly get better and better and maybe they stand a chance.

    One thing that gives me hope is that no team, other than the Germans maybe, has looked anything special. Even the favourites, Brazil, were made to look a bit stupid in yesterdays encounter with North Korea (my new favourite team other than England).

    1-1 will be alright though just as long as they can now go on and top the group and be ready for last 16. I think Green will have learnt a lesson from the game and with the introduction of Barry, Lampard and hopefully Rooney will be freed up some to be more progressive in attack. Lets just hope Dawson gets his chance. I couldn’t bare seeing yet another useless West Ham player messing up.

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