Green vows to bounce back

13 June 2010 10:33
England goalkeeper Robert Green insists he has the mental strength to recover from his calamitous World Cup mistake. Fabio Capello's side had taken an early lead thanks to Steven Gerrard's well-taken goal and were in control of the match until Green inexplicably allowed Clint Dempsey's weak shot to slip out of his grasp and trundle over the line in a 1-1 Group C opener in Rustenburg. The West Ham keeper could be dropped for Friday's second game against Algeria with David James and Joe Hart pushing for the number one jersey. But despite his high-profile mistake, Green believes he can cope with the scrutiny he will be under should Capello keep faith with him. "It was a mistake," he said. "The important thing is not to let it affect you for however long is left in the game. "That is what you prepare for mentally. You don't prepare mentally for making great saves and playing the perfect game. You prepare for trauma. "It is regrettable and not what you want to happen but that's life and you move on, you hold your head up high and get to work in training. "It won't affect me psychologically. I'm 30, I'm a man and you have hardships in life and prepare for them. "I'm strong enough to move on. At a younger point in my life it would have affected me more. "But you hold your hand up and say 'that's gone, move on and don't let it affect you'."

Source: ESA