Green will bounce back – Lampard

Fabio Capello’s side were held to a 1-1 draw by Bob Bradley’s team

after an early goal from Steven Gerrard was cancelled out by Clint

Dempsey thanks to a glaring error by goalkeeper Green. But Lampard

has faith in the West Ham stopper to recover from his blunder five

minutes before the interval. The Chelsea midfielder said: “It was

unfortunate. These balls are moving about. I don’t know how much

the ball moved. “We were disappointed for Greeny because we are a

team and we win, lose and draw as a team. “It is unfortunate for

keepers, They are the last line and, when they make a bit of a

boob, it gets picked out. “But no-one will be pointing the finger.

He made a good save in the second half as well (from Jozy

Altidore). “I think he has got the character to bounce back. You

are playing in the World Cup so you have to have character because

it doesn’t always go your way. “Greeny will have that. I hope so.

He is a very good professional. He will work hard and keep going.”

Lampard admits England have to improve on their performance against

the Americans and win their next two games to ensure qualification

for the last 16. Now they need to overcome Algeria and Slovenia to

give themselves a realistic chance of topping Group C. The

31-year-old said: “Maybe the point will be important but we have to

go and win the next two games now. “All the teams I have seen so

far in the World Cup will look to improve and we are the same as

everybody else in that way. “It was frustrating not to get the win.

It wasn’t a bad performance but we will want to – and we will need

to improve. “We possibly should have won the game. It was

disappointing. We created enough chances. We were pretty

comfortable until they equalised. “In the second half we had a

couple of chances so it was a bit frustrating not to get a win

which would have put us in the driving seat in the group. “Steven

scored early and after that we felt in control of the game. They

never really threatened too much in our box. “It was a bit of a

freak goal for them and that gave them a lift going into

half-time.”