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World Cup 2010: David James will play against Algeria

England goalkeeper Robert Green

Green slip gifts USA equaliser

England coach Fabio Capello has dropped Robert Green for the experienced David James for Friday's World Cup match against Algeria in Cape Town.

Green's error gifted the United States a 1-1 draw in the group opener in Rustenburg, and the West Ham keeper was unconvincing in a final training session at the Green Point Stadium on Thursday.

The change is one of three made by Capello, who has also brought in Liverpool's Jamie Carragher at centre-back for the injured Ledley King and drafted in Manchester City's fit-again midfielder Gareth Barry in place of James Milner.

Emile Heskey has been given the nod ahead of Jermain Defoe and will partner Wayne Rooney in attack.

BBC Sport's chief football writer Phil McNulty said Green was unimpressive in training in Cape Town on Thursday night.

The keeper reportedly fumbled some routine shots from England goalkeeping coach Ray Clemence.

McNulty said: "England's coach has effectively killed off Robert Green's World Cup by dropping the West Ham keeper. Now the pressure switches to James as England's lack of an undisputed first choice is exposed again."


He added: "England coach Fabio Capello had made it clear he was watching Green closely for any vital signs that his confidence had been dented by the mistake against the United States."

Speaking ahead of Capello's decision, former Liverpool goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar said it would be right to make a change.

"Even before the game against the United States, I felt there was only one keeper who Capello could play - and that was David James because he is so experienced and is used to playing at the highest level," Grobbelaar told BBC Sport.

"There can be no excuses for the mistake Green made. It was nothing to do with the ball - it didn't move through the air.

"The fact is that Fabio Capello should not have put Robert Green in goal. He has never played in a match of such magnitude and neither has Joe Hart. They should just be there as back-up keepers; David James should be in the England goal.

"Capello has got two choices but nobody knows what those choices are going to be because he is Capello. In my opinion, I would start with James because if he stays loyal and gives Green another chance just to keep his confidence up, then what happens if he makes another mistake and England go out?"

Grobbelaar made 33 international appearances for Rhodesia and Zimbabwe and more than 400 for Liverpool.

The 52-year-old, working for a South African broadcaster at the World Cup, believes West Ham keeper Green needs to show great determination to bounce back after his costly error.

Fabio Capello

Capello tight-lipped on keeper choice

"I made many mistakes in my career, including a few soft goals like the one conceded by Green. What you have to do is just get over it - and the sooner the better. Some keepers never recover from mistakes like that but you have to get yourself together and come back as a better player."

Despite their stuttering start to the tournament, Grobbelaar still fancies England to go from strength-to-strength at the World Cup.

"Capello has got the squad that can go all the way to the final, he really has. He's got a team with a lot of passion and what they have to do is to stick together and make sure they do themselves justice," he added.

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