Carragher: Green should remain England’s keeper
England defender Jamie Carragher says Robert Green should remain
in goal in Friday’s World Cup match against Algeria despite his
blunder against the United States.
Green fumbled Clint Dempsey’s 25-yard shot into the goal, giving
the Americans an equalizer in a 1-1 draw in Group C on
“He will have no problem and will come back,” Carragher said
England coach Fabio Capello said he will assess Green
“psychologically” before deciding whether the 30-year-old West
Ham keeper will start Friday in Cape Town.
“He seems fine, no problem,” Carragher said. “Every player in
the squad has been there where we’ve made a big mistake in a big
game. But the reason that you are playing for England and you get
to this level is that you have a certain amount of mental
“The rest of the lads will get round him – we’ve all been
While Green faced widespread derision in England’s Sunday
newspapers, by Monday much of the hostility was aimed at Capello.
Critics questioned whether Capello’s decision to tell Green he was
starting just two hours before kickoff meant he wasn’t in the right
mindset to focus on the game.
“A lot of the managers don’t like to give the team away for
fear of the opposition finding out about the team,” Carragher
said. “For me, it also keeps everyone on their toes. If you give
the team out earlier, how do you know if it is going to affect
“The people in the side might take it easy and the ones who are
not playing might … not train properly … but in any case, a lot
of players have a fair idea what the team might be.”