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

Saturday.

“He will have no problem and will come back,” Carragher said

Monday.

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

strength.

“The rest of the lads will get round him – we’ve all been

there.”

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

training?

“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.”