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14 Jun 2010 09:39:35

| Submit Comments| Comments (11)| Printable VersionPrevious | Next1/1Play SlideshowClose MapEYE ON THE BALL: David James, Robert Green and Joe Hart in trainingNot even Robert Green's nightmare introduction to the World Cup will be enough to earn Manchester City's Joe Hart a dream call-up. That?s the opinion of City?s legendary goalkeeper Joe Corrigan, who believes Fabio Capello will go with experience after the West Ham goalkeeper's howler against the USA. The Italian's faith in Green proved to be misplaced as he fumbled Clint Dempsey?s 40th minute shot to wreck England?s whirlwind start. Now England must win their second Group C game against Algeria in Cape Town on Friday and Corrigan believes Capello might plump for David James as his first choice. ?Before the World Cup my heart was saying Joe Hart should be the number one because he was the man in form, but my head was saying David James because of his experience,? he said. ?Capello is now under enormous pressure over his choice for the Algeria game. Green would also be under incredible pressure if he played and I don?t think he would be too upset if he were taken out of the firing line. ?I feel deeply sorry for Green. It is the nature of being a goalkeeper. One minute you can be a hero and the next you are the biggest villain. It happens to every keeper. Corrigan opinion ?When this sort of thing happens you want the manager to show faith but it?s tough to go with Robert now. I also think it doesn?t help Hart. ?It would be Joe?s first competitive England match. To be put in as a replacement after that mistake in a must-win World Cup match would mean an awful lot of pressure on Hart?s shoulders, too. ?I remember Scott Carson making that mistake at Wembley against Croatia that helped cost England?s place in Euro 2008. It was his first competitive match and you have to consider that with Joe. ?Under the circumstances it might be too much to ask and in my opinion I think James? experience will swing it in his favour. ?I don?t know whether Capello canvasses his senior players but if he does the reports from the England camp have been that his experienced defenders wanted James in goal.? Corrigan suffered his own trauma in the 1970s when he hoofed a kick from his goal at Maine Road against West Ham, turned his back, and Hammers player Ronnie Boyce volleyed home past the unsuspecting City number one. ?You just wish you could walk off the pitch and go home,? he said. ?I know just how Green must have felt. I was fortunate because in the stands that day was City legend Bert Trautmann and he asked to see me after the game. ?He gave me advice and told me he?d suffered in similar situations himself. It all helped me. ?After that you want your manager to show faith and Joe Mercer did pick me for the next match. That season I was in goal for the League Cup Final and European Cup Winners? Cup final. ?I went on to play for England and played nearly 600 times for City so it is not all doom and gloom for Green.? Should Hart start England's next game? Have your say.


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