WORLD CUP: England keeper hands USA a point

England’s World Cup campaign began with an early Steven Gerrard goal against the USA but a Robert Green error meant the Three Lions had to settle for a 1-1 draw in Rustenburg.

England: 1
USA: 1

Venue: Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg

Crowd: 44,026

Officials Referee: Carlos Simon (Brazil)
Assistants: Altemir Hausmann & Roberto Bratz (both Brazil)
Fourth official: Eddy Maillet (Seychelles)

Yellow cards: ENG - Carragher, Gerrard, Milner USA - Cherundolo, DeMerit, Findley

Red cards: None


It is 60 years this month since the United States humiliated England with the most famous victory in their football history, and whilst that feat was not repeated England will feel this disappointing result was more self inflicted.

Leading by an early goal from Steven Gerrard after the impressive Emile Heskey had created the opening for the Three Lions skipper, a howler from keeper Robert Green handed the advantage back to the USA.

England had looked comfortable up to that point and spent much of the second half trying to make amends but Green’s counterpart Tim Howard was more assured and kept the England forwards at bay with a string of fine saves.

The USA’s main weapon was the quick break utilising the pace of Robbie Findley and Jozy Altidore.

In fact the latter enabled Green to make amends for his first half mistake when the former Hull striker skinned Jamie Carragher and saw his 64th minute effort deflected by the England stopper onto the upright and away to safety.

If only Green had been as alert just five minutes before the break when he allowed Clint Dempsey’s speculative 20 yard strike to bounce off his gloves and over the line.

The USA defended doggedly and even when England did breach their rearguard, Howard was more than equal to efforts from Frank Lampard, Heskey, Wayne Rooney and Shaun Wright-Phillips.

A point puts more pressure on Fabio Capello’s team to claim a win in their second game against Algeria on June 18th as well as reopening the debate on who is England’s number one keeper.

Starting Line-Ups


12. Robert Green
2. Glen Johnson
6. John Terry
20. Ledley King (Carragher, 46)
3. Ashley Cole
7. Aaron Lennon
8. Frank Lampard
4. Steven Gerrard
16. James Milner (Wright-Phillips, 30)
21. Emile Heskey (Crouch, 79)
10. Wayne Rooney


1. David James (GK)
14. Gareth Barry
18. Jamie Carragher
22. Michael Carrick
11. Joe Cole
9. Peter Crouch
5. Michael Dawson
19. Jermain Defoe
15. Matthew Upson
13. Stephen Warnock
17. Shaun Wright-Phillips
23. Joe Hart (GK)


1. Tim Howard
6. Steve Cherundolo
15. Jay DeMerit
5. Oguchi Onyewu
3. Carlos Bocanegra
8. Clinton Dempsey
4. Michael Bradley
13. Ricardo Clark
10. Landon Donovan
20. Robbie Findley (Buddle, 77)
17. Jozy Altidore (Holden, 86)


18. Bradley Guzan (GK)
7. DaMarcus Beasley
12. Jonathan Bornstein
14. Edson Buddle
19. Maurice Edu
22. Benny Feilhaber
9. Herculez Gomez
21. Clarence Goodson
11. Stuart Holden
2. Jonathan Spector
16. Jose Torres
23. Marcus Hahnemann (GK)

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