That’s just not fair!
Algeria will target England’s Robert Green with long-range shots after USA howler
Algeria have admitted they will target England goalkeeper Robert Green with long range shots if, as is likely, Fabio Capello sticks with the West Ham shot stopper for Friday’s Group C clash.
Capello will again not inform the players of his starting XI until the day of the match, although it is thought that the Italian will stick with Green, despite his howler against the USA that gifted Clint Dempsey an equalising goal.
Algeria, who have never faced England before, know that they too must win, having crashed 1-0 to Slovenia in their opening game, and are now aware of Green’s vulnerability and the unpredictable swerve of the controversial Jabulani World Cup ball.
Algeria captain Antar Yahia said: “We’d certainly not mind if it (Green’s mistake) happened again.
“And we will try to put pressure on England and their goalkeeper. We are determined to make the Algerian people proud of us.
“We have qualities which should shine through against England. We are going to pose problems for the English. We will be more ambitious than we were against Slovenia and that is a role that suits us better.
“It’s obviously going to be hard for us, but England were not quite on their game against the US and football is not an exact science. England have great individuals, big players, but as we saw on Saturday, their team is perhaps not yet in top gear.
“We are well-organised and we will have to see how we adapt tactically. For us what really matters is to learn the lessons from our defeat to Slovenia. We haven’t got much time to correct things.
“We have a tight defence and we have got to stay that way, but also pose the English problems ourselves. Against Slovenia we were solid, we were well organised, but unfortunately we did not get any points.
“That is really frustrating. We made big mistakes and we put ourselves in difficulty. We gave gifts to the opposition. I hope in the next match we don’t make mistakes like that which will prove as costly.”
Both teams have seen their goalkeepers come in for criticism for horrendous blunders which have proved expensive.” (Telegraph)
Given the relatively poor showing from Algeria’s keeper against Slovenia, CLICK HERE to see his Green-eqsue fumble, it could be a long range fest in Cape Town on Friday. We could end up with a cricket score!
The irresistible combination of two off form keepers and a Jabulani ball that has a mind of its own could bring us a World Cup game to remember. England should of course win, but then we said that about the United States game, so who knows. One thing is for sure, there appears to be far less speculation about Robert Green’s potential move to Arsenal and elsewhere. Perhaps this was his plan all along…probably not.