Guessing game for English 'keeper

MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:36 PM ET

CAPE TOWN -- English manager Fabio Capello is holding his cards close to the vest when it comes to his starting goaltender for Friday's game against Algeria.

Capello said he already knows who will get the call for England. He's just not ready to reveal his selection to the world.

"You'll have to wait until (the game) to see," Capello said Thursday during a press conference at Green Point Stadium.

Capello added that he would hold back until Friday to inform one of the three goalkeepers on the roster who would start.

Robert Green, the starter in England's opening game against the U.S. last Saturday, has come under heavily ridicule after fumbling Clint Dempsey's easy shot from the top of the box, the now famous "Hands of Clod" play that allowed the Americans to emerge from the match with a 1-1 draw.

Capello did his best to deflect criticism from Green, instead blaming the unpredictable Jabulani ball for his goalkeeper's faux pas. Capello added that it was the "worst ball" he had ever seen.

Whining about the ball seems to be a trend gaining steam among players and coaches from many teams with every passing day.

At least English captain Steven Gerrard is taking the high road on the issue.

"We'll learn how to deal with it," he said. "In the end, it's the same for both teams."


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