Late call had no bearing - Green

14 June 2010 08:18

Robert Green insists England coach Fabio Capello's late team announcements had no bearing on his goal-costing error against the United States in the World Cup.

Green only found out two hours before kick off that he was Capello's first-choice keeper in preference to David James and Joe Hart. The West Ham player allowed a 25-yard shot from USA midfielder Clint Dempsey to slip from his grasp and over the goal-line for the equaliser in a 1-1 draw.

"Only knowing two hours before the game that you are playing is not a problem. You prepare as though you're playing," he said. "If you don't, that's the mistake. The other guys prepared as though they were playing today and we will again for Friday."

He added: "You prepare for Friday as though you are playing again. It's not a surprise when you are playing then.

"It's not a problem, it's not an issue, you deal with it. It's fine, you carry on.

"Tell me why is it easier if you know the number one? You prepare as though you are number one anyway. That's it."

Green is now desperate to be given the chance to make amends by Capello against Algeria in Cape Town on Friday.

He said: "It was a mistake. It's something that happens in life. I would love to have stopped it. It's obviously a genuine, horrible mistake but it's something to deal with.

"You prepare mentally for making those mistakes, that's what you do the preparation for, mentally, before a game. You don't let it affect you.

"You want to be tested. Playing lovely football and making wonderful saves is not a challenge. This is a challenge and this is why you are a footballer. It's how you bounce back from things like that."

Source: PA