English fans drown sorrows after goofy goal

KEVIN CONNOR, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:24 PM ET

English soccer fans at the Duke of Gloucester were drowning their sorrows with suds Saturday after a goalkeeper’s goof during the second day of the World Cup.

What seemed a harmless long-range bouncing shot glanced off the hands of keeper Robert Green and into the net to allow the U.S. to pull even and tie the game 1-1.

“It is a disgrace. An absolute disgrace. England should be beating these teams, but they keep making mistakes,” English fan Jonathan Dumer said in the Yonge St. pub after the game.

“They have to push forward and get more balls and make crisper passes and get the ball in the net.”

Other fans were more forgiving.

“I’m pretty impressed with England’s performance tonight. They did all right and getting a (World Cup) point is always a good thing at this stage so we will go from here,” said Chris Harris, who shaved his cropped red hair into a Cross of St. George.

“We should have beat the U.S. They are a young team and we are an old team and we should have gotten there. But for me it is England all the way and you have to support them. England has done so well in the past.”

His brother, Dave, is optimistic England will do well at the cup.

“This will get them fired up for the rest of the tournament and get their heads in gear and get what it will take to win this thing,” he said.

Matthew Barker is originally from Birmingham, Eng. and now lives in Edmonton but came to visit friends in Toronto for the tournament.

“This game may not end up being that important in the World Cup. But if we don’t get to the quarter-finals or the semi-finals I will probably go home, but I think we have as good of a chance as any one else,” Barker said.

England will meet the challenge, said fan Mickey Scruhnyk, who is English on his mother’s side.

“We have enough talented players so England’s chances are pretty good,” he said.

kevin.connor@sunmedia.ca


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