Gone are the days when keepers as good as Nigel Martyn couldn’t even get a game for England. England’s No. 1 keeper doesn’t play for the any of the top teams in the league anymore, unlike David Seaman. And until the 2009/2010 season, David James was the English first choice keeper. Ironic, given James in his prime didn’t get a game while Seaman and Martyn ruled the roost.
England’s Golden Generation are continuously touted as favourites to clinch their first World Cup since 1966. However Italy and Spain both proved that in this day and age a world class keeper is essential to win a major trophy. Gianluigi Buffon and Iker Casillas would appear in the Top 5 of any Best Goalkeepers List. Can the same be said about England? Hardly.
It is even more worrying for the Three Lions when you consider that their opponents on June 12th, the United States of America have in their ranks one of the best goalkeepers in the Premiership. Tim Howard has time and time again produced outstanding displays for Everton over the past few seasons despite the presence of dinosaurs such as Tony Hibbert in his backline. And when you consider Rio Ferdinand’s current difficulties, a weakness in goal for England could very well be easily exploited.
Fabio Capello isn’t Vincente Del Bosque, that being he doesn’t possess a vast array of talent from which to pick his goalie. However at the end of the day, Fabby will have to pick someone and these are the prime contenders.