Robert Green sought respite on the golf course on Sunday as debate raged over whether he should be dropped by Fabio Capello over the extraordinary error that cost England a win in their FIFA World Cup™ opener against USA.
The 30-year-old was seen relaxing with team-mates including Wayne Rooney and Peter Crouch as the players spent part of their post-match day off at the Lost City Golf Course in Sun City.
The West Ham goalkeeper is hoping he will retain the gloves for England's second Group C match, against Algeria in Cape Town on Friday, and has been backed to bounce back from his traumatic FIFA World Cup debut by his team-mates.
Capello however has refused to rule out a recall for veteran David James or promotion for Manchester City youngster Joe Hart. Past experience suggests the Italian may already have made a decision on that, but Green will still be be made to spend the week sweating over whether he will get a chance to redeem himself in Cape Town.
He said: "I'm 30. I'm a man. I'm strong enough to take it and move on and be ready for another game if selected," he said.
"The approach is not to let it affect you for however many more you play. That's why you prepare mentally. It's something where you've got to hold your head high, hang in there and make sure it doesn't happen again.
"I want to play in every game I can. I've made mistakes in the past. If I get flack, so be it. I take responsibility for my problems and move on."
Capello reacted to Green's error by turning his back on the pitch in clenched jaw fury. But the goalkeeper revealed that the coach, who praised Green for a fine second half save from Jozy Altidore, had struck a positive note at the interval.
"He was fine. At half-time, he said 'it is not a problem, move on' - and you do that."