Of course we all feel sorry for Rob Green – you’d have to be heartless not to – but that doesn’t mean that he should be given another chance following his horrendous mistake against USA.
If Capello isn’t going to drop him for a blunder that arguably cost England a winning start to the World Cup then what will it take for James or Hart to get a go? They’re all good goalkeepers and any one of them could have been picked to face America – they all had a reasonably amount of action in the warm up games and there isn’t one obvious choice for the Number 1 spot.
So I am astonished by the number of pundits and media outlets who are calling for Capello to give Green a chance to redeem himself – what if it happens again? Despite what he [Green] says to the media, a mistake like that is bound to play on his mind for the rest of the tournament and he simply has to be dropped. If he had conceded five goals that weren’t his fault then nobody would be giving it a second thought – unfortunately it would appear that the country has gone soft.
I am sure that Green was nervous and of course I felt sorry for him – he didn’t deliberately do it and you could see the tears in his eyes at half-time as he walked off. However, if he isn’t dropped for a howler like that then what on earth will James and Hart be thinking? All three goalkeepers had a good season, (along with Paul Robinson,) and they all deserve to be out there in South Africa.
Sadly, there is an awful lot of expectation and hype surrounding England’s chances this year, (don’t ask me why – I still think we’re lacking a lot of team spirit and actual talent but there we go,) and Capello must think about his own future as well as Green’s when he’s picking his side this Friday. If England don’t reach the Quarter Finals at an absolute minimum then questions are bound to be raised. Why does Heskey continue to start when he couldn’t finish a Happy Meal? What was the point in bringing Carragher out of retirement when there are younger, better Centre-Backs about? Let’s just hope one of those questions doesn’t become ‘Why did Rob Green get to keep his place after that blunder against America?’
Sadly – you’ve got to be cruel to be kind.
Written By Stephen Rudd