England captain Steven Gerrard said goalkeeper Robert Green would recover from his howler which handed the US the equaliser in their opening match of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ on Saturday.

Gerrard gave his side a dream start with a fourth minute strike at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium, but England were clawed back on level terms when Green fumbled Clint Dempsey's unthreatening shot five minutes from half-time.

"It was one of those freak things," Gerrard said. "We need to get behind Robert and support him. I'm sure he'll make an important save further down the line for us."

It was one of those freak things. We need to get behind Robert and support him.

Steven Gerrard, England captain

Gerrard added: "Robert's a man, I am sure he'll learn from this and go from strength to strength. He might get a important save for us that wins us a match, so we're all behind him."

The Liverpool midfielder said his team now needed to win their two remaining Group C games against Slovenia and Algeria to be sure of qualifying. "The target now has got to be seven points," he said.

England coach Fabio Capello refused to point the finger of blame at the unfortunate Green, who made a good second half save from Jozy Altidore. "He made one mistake but then pulled off a great save in the second half. I was pleased for him," said Capello. "We had lots of chances in the game. There were a lot of positives. Just the result wasn't positive."