England Blushes with Shades of Green

Heading into their first 2010 World Cup match-up against the United States, many people thought England would cruise to victory. On paper, this team is full of extraordinary talents, most notably the PFA Player’s Player of the Year, Wayne Rooney.
But every team has a weakness and in the 40th minute of the match, a weakness was exposed on the English side: goalkeeper Robert Green struggled to make a simple save on a shot from Clint Dempsey and suddenly the game was tied at one a piece. Up until that moment, England had control of the match-up though some of its star players seemed to be in hiding.
Green made a couple good stops in the second half but his highlight reel moment will be the goal that shouldn’t have been. Now, Coach Fabio Capello has a choice to make before the team’s next match-up: Stay Green or Go James?
Some people think the switch should’ve been made at the half, given how horrible the goal was. Capello gave Green a chance to redeem himself and he played well in the second half. However, the team’s back-up goalkeeper, David James isn’t much better.
James has a lot of experience at the international level but he is no stranger to embarrassing errors. In a 2004 World Cup qualifying match against Austria, James caused an error which allowed Austria to tie the game at 2.
Basically the English team doesn’t have much hope in goal but they do have the offensive ability to compensate. Frank Lampard and Rooney had fairly good performances today but the team’s spark fizzled after the Dempsey goal.
There’s no quick fix for a struggling goaltender and England’s troubles in net could mean a surprise early exit from this tournament.

Day 2 Results
Group B
South Korea 2-0 Greece
Argentina 1-0 Nigeria

Group C
England 1 –1 USA

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