Lampard: No more slip-ups allowed

Robert Green allowed a low 25-yard shot from United States

midfielder Clint Dempsey to slip out of his hands and over the

goal-line for the equaliser in Saturday’s 1-1 draw in Rustenburg.

With Slovenia overcoming Algeria yesterday to go top of the group,

Lampard is aware England cannot afford any more slip-ups in Cape

Town after skipper Steven Gerrard’s early goal was cancelled out.

England’s vice-captain said: “It’s crucial to win the next game. To

win against the USA would have put us in the driving seat but we

have to believe in ourselves. “It was the first game – and first

games are notoriously cagey. They all have been like that so far in

the tournament and we were just unlucky with the goal. “It felt

very comfortable at 1-0. We had got the goal, were knocking the

ball about well, were in control. “It was unfortunate and it was

frustrating. Their goal came at a good time for them. “If they

hadn’t have scored when they did, then I’m sure we would have gone

on to win the game. “But that’s the way it was and we know there is

room for improvement still.” Lampard insists Green has the support

of the players and he showed his character with a crucial second

half save to deny Jozy Altidore a shock winner. The Chelsea

midfielder said: “I didn’t need to say much, just ‘keep your chin

up.’ “We need to stay together as a group and we all make mistakes

and unfortunately as a keeper you are the last line. “The ball

moved about a bit. Greeny would be a bit disappointed but he did

make a very good save second half. “You have to support your

team-mates, we are a group and we need to stay together. “We’ve all

been in positions in a game where you don’t want to let your chin

drop and I think Greeny did that.” Capello has now to decide

whether to show faith in Green, who has started nine of the last 12

internationals, or recall either David James or Joe Hart.