Robert Green Joins List of Top Five English Keeper Mistakes (video)
Yesterday Robert Green joined a prestigious list that consists of some of England's most well known keepers, but it is a list he wishes he was never on.
His mistake allowed the Americans to tie the match versus the English, and create a humbug over the Three Lions not being in first place in the group after their first match in the 2010 World Cup.
Fresh in the world's mind, during the opening match of England's 2010 World Cup run Robert Green made sure that every Brit was giving him a finger just as he appears in the above picture.
After a very weak left footed shot by Clint Dempsey in the 39th minute, it appeared Green was side stepping his way to the ball to stop it. He didn't have to bend down to get it, he could have easily put a foot out and the ball would have stopped with no doubt.
Not wanting a possible "oops" moment, Green bends down to ensure the ball does not go through. Too bad he didn't place himself in FRONT of the ball, and thus by staying a foot to the side he managed to let the ball go through his hands and in slow motion into the net.
You can look at Dempsey and tell just how much of a chance he felt his shot had, he almost turned around to run back on defense once Green touched his shot from 20 or so yards away.
England will forgive Robert if they win the cup, but the way they have gone the past 45+ years, Mr. Green may want to move to another country.
During his first official match as an England international keeper, Scott Carson made sure no one would forget his name. In a match versus Croatia in qualifying for Euro 2008, Carson had a Robert Green-esk moment and allowed a goal after a long shot by Croatian Niko Kranjcar.
The first goal of the match, Croatia would score twice more and secure a 3-2 win over the English giants and thus knocking the Three Lions out of the possibility of qualifying for Euro 2008.
David James, the current No.1 jersey for England in the 2010 Cup, made his spot on this list during qualifying for the last World Cup in 2006.
After England going up 2-0 on the road versus Austria, the home side managed to get one back and with less than 20 minutes left they managed to tie the score at 2-2.
Austrian Andreas Ivanschitz took the ball past the midfield line and took a shot from 22 yards out with his left foot that wound up in the back of the net.
The slow dribbler of a shot never saw the ball bounce or take off in any random direction and yet David James managed not to stop it, letting it go under him into the back of the net.
It was all forgiven once England managed to secure a spot for 2006.
Possibly the worst moment on this list, Paul Robinson managed to fail in stopping an own goal from one of his own defenders.
During a Euro 2008 qualifying match versus Croatia, Gary Neville was forced to pass the ball to his keeper due to pressure from the Croatian forwards. A slow roller of a ball, Robinson did not think it would be too out of the norm to just rip it as far forward as possible to get the ball away from his net.
As his leg goes back for the kick, the ball knocks something on the field and changes direction allowing for Robinson's crowning moment where his foot goes through below the ball.
During the quarterfinal match versus Brazil in the 2002 World Cup, England had perhaps its best chance to reach the finals since the run in 1990 that saw them reach the semis. Many had pointed to this matchup saying the winner would be the favorite to lift the trophy in Asia.
After Michael Owen put the English up 1-0 in the first half, England was very confident until the end of the half when a great run by Ronaldinho led to an open Rivaldo in the box, who slotted a left footed shot into the net just prior to half time.
Four minutes into the second half Ronaldinho lined up for a free kick from 40 or so yards out near the right sideline. The box became full of players both trying to head the upcoming cross into the net as well as heading the ball out of danger for England. Seaman lined up in an effort to be placed in the best position to defend a header but too bad if there wasn't one.
In a ball that seemed to be over struck, it took the wanted turn into the box about eight yards too late. Turns out it was perfectly placed over Seaman's head and into the side netting, resulting in one of the greatest goals Brazil has ever scored in a World Cup.
Ronaldinho claimed he aimed for goal after the match but years later admitted to actually scoring by mistake. Turns out this Seaman mistake resulted in Brazil grabbing its record fifth title.