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West Ham boss Grant confident Green will be okay

West Ham United boss Avram Grant is confident goalkeeper Robert Green will bounce back from his World Cup nightmare.

Green is sure to get stick for his World Cup howler that let the USA equalise in the teams' opener in South Africa.

Yet Irons boss Grant insists Beckham, Cristiano Ronaldo and Oliver Kahn have all suffered World Cup hardship, only to come back stronger.

He said: "I believe any player has to give answers on the pitch.

"I remember David Beckham after he was sent off in the 1998 World Cup - he had his best season, even though the supporters weren't giving him a good welcome.

"I remember Cristiano Ronaldo after his wink at the 2006 World Cup, the fans didn't like him - and it was also his best season. Maybe it is a good thing for a footballer to go through.

"Things like this happen. In the 2002 World Cup final, Oliver Kahn conceded a goal my grandmother could have stopped and Germany lost.

"Robert Green is a very good goalkeeper. It will not be the last goal that any goalkeeper will concede like this."

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