Carragher: Green should remain England’s keeper

If England defender Jamie Carragher had his way, Robert Green would be the starting goalkeeper Friday against Algeria despite his blunder against the United States.

Green allowed Clint Dempsey’s 25-meter shot to bounce off him and spin into the net Saturday, giving the Americans an equalizer in a 1-1 draw in the Group C opener.

"He will have no problem and will come back," Carragher said Monday.

England coach Fabio Capello has said he will assess Green "psychologically" before deciding whether the 30-year-old West Ham goalkeeper will start again on 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 criticism in England, much of the hostility in Monday’s papers was reserved for Capello.

Some have questioned whether Capello’s decision to only tell Green he was playing 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 get the hump and not train properly … but in any case, a lot of players have a fair idea what the team might be."

While Green spent Sunday playing golf, Carragher watched some football, including Germany’s impressive 4-0 victory over Australia.

"They were very impressive," Carragher said. "It is the best performance we have seen at the World Cup, although Argentina played well (in the 1-0 win over Nigeria) without getting the goals."

England could face Germany in the next round.

"Germany are the best team so far but it is only one game. I don’t think we should be thinking about avoiding this team or that team," Carragher said. "The first thing is to make sure we get through. They started well but they might not do well in the next game, we might. It is football, it can change very quickly."