Gerrard refuses to blame Green

12 June 2010 09:59
England captain Steven Gerrard sees no reason why Fabio Capello's side can't top Group C despite starting their World Cup campaign with an unconvincing 1-1 draw against the USA. England face Algeria next Friday before finishing their group games against Slovenia on June 23 and Liverpool midfielder Gerrard believes both encounters are winnable. Gerrard, who produced one of his best displays in an England shirt, gave his team the perfect start when, after only four minutes, he ran on to Emile Heskey's pass before prodding the ball past Tim Howard from virtually on the penalty spot. However, the points were shared as Robert Green inexplicably allowed Clint Dempsey's weak shot to slip out of his grasp and trundle over the line five minutes before the interval. Gerrard was in an upbeat mood after the match though, saying: "We deserved better - just. It was a difficult game. "The most important thing is not to lose the first game. The idea was to win but we were unfortunate to let a poor goal in and couldn't go on to win it. The target now has to be seven points. "The American goal was one of those things - you can't criticise the keeper. We have to get behind the goalkeeper and Robert will learn from this, go from strength to strength and play an important part down the line. "He could make an important save to win us a game. The goal came as a shock and it took us a while to get over it but I thought we finished the game stronger."

Source: ESA