Alan Shearer believes Fabio Capello will drop Robert Green after the England goalkeeper's blunder gifted the United States an equaliser in the teams' FIFA World Cup™ opening draw. England were 1-0 up and seemingly in no danger when Green failed to get his body behind Clint Dempsey's tame 25-yard shot and saw the ball squirm from his grasp as the United States equalised in a 1-1 draw in Rustenburg on Saturday.
As newspapers in Britain lamented Green's 'Tainted Glove,' former England captain Shearer said neither the new ball in use at the tournament, nor the fact Italian boss Capello only let players know his team line-up a couple of hours before kick-off could explain Green's mistake.
Shearer, who expects the more experienced David James to be in goal for Friday's match against Algeria, told the BBC: "When you are at your first World Cup, like Green is, and you don't have many caps -- he had nine before Saturday -- then it can be a very nervy situation. Could not knowing whether he was playing until two hours before kick-off have affected him? Well, it would have made a difference to his preparations but there was still no excuse for that kind of mistake," the former Newcastle striker said.
"It will haunt him for the rest of his life but he cannot do anything about it now and he has to try to move on. However I still think Fabio Capello will leave him out for England's next game against Algeria on Friday. And for me, that would be the right decision.
"You can imagine what our opponents would be thinking if he does play, and Green's own confidence is likely to be rock bottom too. Who should play instead? I'd assume Capello will go for David James, if fit, because he has the experience."