Banks dismisses Casillas claim

09 June 2010 04:58

Gordon Banks has hit back at Iker Casillas' "disrespectful" claim that England's goalkeepers are not up to scratch.

The Spain number one said earlier this week that David James, Rob Green and Joe Hart lacked the big-match pedigree to cut it at the World Cup. He argued that the trio's lack of Champions League experience was a "real problem" that could hinder England's chances of progression to the latter stages of the competition.

Banks, who was in goal the last time that England won the trophy in 1966, denies that is the case however, and said: "For him (Casillas) to say that is disrespectful really."

Banks continued: "Any one player can have a disaster day, miskick a backpass or anything like that.

"These things can happen to anyone so no-one should be pointing the finger at any goalkeeper, especially with this ball that they'll be using.

"The three guys we have are good enough.

"I have seen David James and Green make saves that any other goalkeeper couldn't make so if they have that type of game at the right time then they will get us through."

Source: PA