Capello to assess Green
Published : 14 Jun 2010 09:59:06
Fabio Capello has admitted he will need to assess Robert Green's mental state before deciding whether to stick with the calamity keeper for England's crucial clash with Algeria in Cape Town on Friday.
Green joined a long list of England keepers to find themselves in the stocks with his awful gaffe against the United States yesterday that denied the Three Lions victory.
As Rio Ferdinand prepared to say his farewells and head back to Manchester for treatment on the knee injury he suffered on the first day of training, the full extent of the damage Green caused by inexplicably letting Clint Dempsey's 40th-minute effort slither through his fingers was confirmed by Slovenia's defeat of Algeria that took them to the top of Group C.
Although a draw on Friday will be enough for England to retain hope of securing a last 16 berth in the final game, victory is essential if Capello's side are to give themselves a chance of landing top spot, and a potentially easier run to the semi-finals.
To achieve that, Capello must get his next team selection correct, starting with the goalkeeper.
"We must think about this problem psychologically," said the England coach.
"Goalkeepers make mistakes. This is part of football. You have to accept that.
"I decided on Green because he played very well in the last game against Platinum Stars and also against Mexico at Wembley, and in the second-half last night he played very well and made a really important save. But a mistake remains a mistake.
"Now I have to speak with him, then I will decide what to do."
If Capello feels there any mental scars that could linger, Green will be ditched.