World Cup: Capello is a nutter
June 18, 2010
I do not agree with dropping Robert Green tonight, there is absolutely no latitude with such a tactical move.
Aside from the blunder, which has been repeated by many keepers at the WC since, Green made one astounding save later on that earned England a point.
Dropping him now and putting James into the team would be madness, the message to any England keeper from the Italian nutter is plain and simple… one mistake, and you are finito!
Great, just the kind of pressure you want to put on a keeper with these crazy 99 penny floater footballs around.
Algeria are pants, play most of the bench from the USA game and England would win 2 or 3 nil.
He selected Green to be his keeper at this WC, and he should stick with him now, he recovered very well from the mess up against the Yanks, the aforementioned save from Jozy Altidore proved as much. He was perfectly positioned, stayed upright for as long as possible, it was textbook goalkeeping, he showed his mental fortitude to deal with the earlier mistake.
I am not Green’s biggest fan by any stretch of the imagination, and I would have honestly of selected either of the other 2 to be our keeper in South Africa, but now the nutter has chosen Green, to go back on it after one game would send out a poor signal to the squad.
Big, big decision for tonight’s game, plenty of speculation about James being picked to start ahead of Green, I just hope this is wrong, and the Italian engages brain and persists with the West Ham man.
The long ball game will not work at this WC, the jabulani will not allow for it, so knock Heskey or Crouch on the head and play Gerrard off fatboy, stick Joe Cole on the left for more creativity and Lennon down the right for pace and width, Barry holds the midfield letting Lumpy run on for loose balls outside the box, perfect set-up.
Capello is beginning to show his International management immaturity.
He is a totally dominant and proven force in club football, having won the lot, but don’t ever forget this is his inaugural visit to a major International football tournament as a manager.
Playing David James ahead of Robert Green tonight will spell the end.