Being an Arsenal fan, I am quite used to backing under fire goal keepers. Almunia and Fabianski have been where Rob Green is right now. It does get better.
The problem with the country we live in is one poor result and the country seems to lose focus.
I don’t believe the 1-1 draw against the USA was a poor result though, I believe it can be a good result.
Since I have been following football and following England, I have found that England have sometimes peaked to early and that has not helped them later in the big tournaments. In Euro 2000, England beat Germany yet did not qualify for the knock outs and in 2002, beat Argentina but lost in the quarters. For me, England peaked early and this may have been a factor in not progressing further.
Arsene Wenger said he thought Barcelona peaked to early this season when they beat Arsenal 4-1 in Barcelona because they ran out of steam against Jose’s Inter in the next round. England can take positives from this result as past tournaments have told us that the first game is not the important one. It is important not to lose, but is in no way decisive.
I am not sure how much playing in altitude would have affected the performance but I am sure it has some sort of an effect. Playing in South Africa is something not many of the England players would have done before, the friendly earlier on in the week cannot really count. From the games we have seen already, they have been tight so the England game was no different. When playing in a different environment it is important not to lose and England didn’t.
Back to the Rob Green argument, I saw many tweets and social media statuses having a go at Rob Green. I beg the question, has no one else made a mistake in their work place?
Yes the error was a poor one, yes a keeper of his standard and one who is starting in goal for England should not be making that sort of mistake, but it happens. It happened to the great David Seaman in 2002 too. Let’s give Rob Green a break. I personally would have gone for David James in goal, however, will trust the manager and trust the players who play so Green has my backing.
The world cup has only just started and there is a long way to go. The 1966 world cup started with a draw against Uruguay so anyone who believes in fate has some sources of optimism.
Let’s get behind this great nation, as lets get together because our country needs us!
Come on England.
Written by a passionate Arsenal fan, who has no club bias in this world cup (for obvious reasons!)
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