It was a horrible moment for the West Ham goalkeeper.
Clint Dempsey’s shot should have been a routine save but Green somehow let it slip from his grasp and it slipped, seemingly in slow motion, into his own net.
After such a disastrous, game-changing error you might imagine that Capello will drop Green for England’s next match in favor of one of his two alternatives.
Yet, there are a number of reasons why the England manager will keep faith with the 30-year old.
For a start, Capello may not wish to admit that his decision to start Green ahead of the experienced David James was incorrect.
Only by allowing Green the opportunity to redeem himself with a better performance can Capello prove his own doubters wrong.
By not selecting David James, the Italian will have given the Portsmouth keeper’s confidence a severe blow and he may not be in the right frame of mind for such an important game.
Capello had obviously decided that England’s most in-form goalkeeper Joe Hart was too inexperienced to start against the USA. So it is difficult to see how the Italian’s thinking will have changed.
Rob Green might yet get a second chance against Algeria.