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Jamie Carragher backs Fabio Capello's selection policy


Carragher confident about England defence

England defender Jamie Carragher has backed coach Fabio Capello's decision to name the team hours before kick-off.

An error by goalkeeper Robert Green gifted the United States a goal to earn a 1-1 draw against England on Saturday.

But Liverpool centre-back Carragher, who came on as a substitute in the Group C match, said Capello's ploy did not add extra tension before kick-off.

"I've played for Liverpool for 12-14 years and the manager always tells us two hours before the game," he said.

"I'm not sure what other teams do. I think certain managers are also worried about the opposition which is understandable and I totally agree with that.

I always felt Robert Green was going to start

England defender Jamie Carragher

"I've never known anything different... so for me it was pretty normal."

Carragher, 32, added: "It keeps everyone on their toes and if you give the team out earlier how do you know it's not going to affect training? Do the people who are playing take it easy? Do the people who are not playing get the hump and not train properly?"

Green has received criticism and sympathy after allowing the US to equalise when he let a tame Clint Dempsey shot slip through his grasp.

But Carragher, who replaced the injured Ledley King at half-time, also said that despite the delay in naming the team he assumed Green would be playing anyway.

"Before the game, if you had asked me, I would have said Rob Green is playing," Carragher said. "I think he's played every international in the last 12 months bar one or two.

"I don't know the situation if he was told in private, but for me I always felt Robert Green was going to start because he has played that much."


Although Carragher was beaten for speed by US striker Jozy Altidore when the Villarreal forward hit the post, Carragher said he was pleased with his performance on Saturday and hoped he would start alongside John Terry in England's next match against Algeria on Friday.

But coming on as a substitute he admitted it took time to adjust to the speed of the match.

"It's difficult to come on in a game of that magnitude at half-time, it's something I'm not used to," he said. "It takes a bit of time to get used to the pace of the game but I think I did OK."

Carragher also said the team could use their experience from the last World Cup, where they lost to Portugal in the quarter-finals, to improve their performance this time.

And he believed the team would rally round to support Green who had the mental resolve to bounce back from his mistake.

"He seemed fine this morning, no problem," said Carragher. "Everyone has been talking about his situation but every player in the squad has been there. We've made a big mistake in a big game.

"But the reason you are playing for England and you get to this level is that you have a certain amount of mental strength.

"You don't have that unless you're playing for England in the first place so I'm sure he will be fine and the rest of the lads will get round him because we've all been there ourselves."

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see also
Injured King out for three weeks
15 Jun 10 |  World Cup 2010
'Sorry' Green vows to bounce back
13 Jun 10 |  World Cup 2010
Bradley delighted to hold England
13 Jun 10 |  World Cup 2010

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