David James to start against Algeria

Fabio Capello is set to drop Rob Green following his blunder against the United States and install David James in goal for tonight’s Group C match with Algeria here.

Capello has been agonizing about the psychological effects on Green of his blunder against the USA and despite his belief that the Adidas Jabulani ball contributed to it, he is ready effectively to end Green’s World Cup tournament by installing James.

Capello insisted at 6pm last night that he knew his team and it is possible that Green’s unconvincing training session in the Green Point stadium might have contributed a change of heart from Capello. Green fumbled consecutive balls fired in to him by goalkeeping coach, while James and Joe Hart dealt capably with them. A jittery open training session also saw him fail to save a ball fired at him during an exercise in which the goalkeepers emerge from a forward roll to make a save. Capello was standing 40 yards away but his goalkeeping coaches will have informed him of the performances of the goalkeepers.

James, the Portsmouth goalkeeper, is undetstood to have had a strained relationship with some in the England management since his arrival in South Africa and he has seemed unhappy about Green’s selection ahead of him. But in his club management career Capello has never been a manager to allow personal conflicts to intrude on selection decisions. James, who after the USA game directly contradicted the England position that he has been carrying a knee injury, seems to be considered the safer bet after all.

Green’s England career may now be over. The last goalkeeper to blunder in a major game for England, Scott Carson whose error contributed to the defeat to Croatia at Wmebley which saw England fail to reach the 2008 European Championships, has played only 45 minutes of international football since. At 30, Green may feel there it will be a long road back with Joe Hart so impressive. Capello seems to feel that Hart cannot be risked tonight but he looks increasingly like a first choice contender for the 2012 Euros campaign.

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

John Palmer: 'Goldfinger' of British crime was murdered, say police

Murder of the Brink’s-MAT mastermind

'Goldfinger' of British crime's life ended in a blaze of bullets, say police
Bodyworlds museum: Dr Gunther von Hagens has battled legal threats, Parkinson's disease, and the threat of bankruptcy

Dying dream of Doctor Death

Dr Gunther von Hagens has battled legal threats, Parkinson's disease, and the threat of bankruptcy
UK heatwave: Temperature reaches 39.8 degrees on Central Line - the sweatiest place in London

39.8 degrees recorded on Tube

There's hot (London) and too damn hot (the Underground). Simon Usborne braved the Central line to discover what its passengers suffer
Jessie Cave interview: The Harry Potter star has published a feminist collection of cartoons

Jessie Cave's feminist cartoons

The Harry Potter star tells Alice Jones how a one-night stand changed her life
10 best barbecue books

Fire up the barbie: 10 best barbecue books

We've got Bibles to get you grilling and smoking like a true south American pro
Seifeddine Rezgui: What motivated a shy student to kill 38 holidaymakers in Tunisia?

Making of a killer

What motivated a shy student to kill 38 holidaymakers in Tunisia?
UK Heatwave: Temperatures on the tube are going to exceed the legal limit for transporting cattle

Just when you thought your commute couldn't get any worse...

Heatwave will see temperatures on the Tube exceed legal limit for transporting cattle
Exclusive - The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: Swapping Bucharest for London

The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

Meet the man who swapped Romania for the UK in a bid to provide for his family, only to discover that the home he left behind wasn't quite what it seemed
Cheaper energy on the way, but it's not all sunshine and rainbows

Cheaper energy on the way, but it's not all sunshine and rainbows

Solar power will help bring down electricity prices over the next five years, according to a new report. But it’s cheap imports of ‘dirty power’ that will lower them the most
Katy Perry prevented from buying California convent for $14.5m after nuns sell to local businesswoman instead

No grace of God for Katy Perry as sisters act to stop her buying convent

Archdiocese sues nuns who turned down star’s $14.5m because they don’t approve of her
Ajmer: The ancient Indian metropolis chosen to be a 'smart city' where residents would just be happy to have power and running water

Residents just want water and power in a city chosen to be a ‘smart’ metropolis

The Indian Government has launched an ambitious plan to transform 100 of its crumbling cities
Michael Fassbender in 'Macbeth': The Scottish play on film, from Welles to Cheggers

Something wicked?

Films of Macbeth don’t always end well - just ask Orson Welles... and Keith Chegwin
10 best sun creams for body

10 best sun creams for body

Make sure you’re protected from head to toe in the heatwave
Wimbledon 2015: Nick Bollettieri - Milos Raonic has ability to get to the top but he must learn to handle pressure in big games

Nick Bollettieri's Wimbledon files

Milos Raonic has ability to get to the top but he must learn to handle pressure in big games
Women's World Cup 2015: How England's semi-final success could do wonders for both sexes

There is more than a shiny trophy to be won by England’s World Cup women

The success of the decidedly non-famous females wearing the Three Lions could do wonders for a ‘man’s game’ riddled with cynicism and greed