Unhappy World Cup memories for England vs USA goalkeepers | World Cup 2022

BUTat least Rob Green can laugh about it now. “I was running school when I found out that England had drawn with the USA in their group at the World Cup,” wrote the former goalkeeper in Mail on Sunday This week. “I had enough time to send one tweet with one emoji and a pair of eyes. As if to say, “Well, that’s embarrassing.”

But despite his mistake, which helped the United States keep Fabio Capello’s side to a draw 1-1 In their first match in 2010, Green, who works as a pundit for BBC radio in Qatar, is not the only England goalkeeper to have bitter memories of meeting them at the World Cup.

A few months before that last meeting in world Cup, Bert Williams, who conceded the only goal of the game when the two nations met in Brazil in 1950, said: “It’s been 60 years. As far as I know, I had to forget a lot.

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Despite the fact that more than 72 years have passed, this victory in Belo Horizonte is recognized as one of the biggest shocks in the history of the tournament. Stanley Matthews later said, “I thanked my lucky star for not being in this” as he was left out of the starting lineup after he missed Game 1 against Chile.

Although they reached the semi-finals of the first World Cup in 1930, this was the first time the United States faced England, which were very popular as they featured Billy Wright, Tom Finney and Stan Mortensen. In contrast, the entire US team were amateurs, and their goaltender Frank Borghi was a former baseball player who needed his quarterbacks to shoot on goal because he never kicked a ball.

However, the inspirational performance of Borghi, who drove the hearse around his day job, somehow managed to keep England at bay. “For the first 20 minutes England was above us. I think they hit the mark,” said Walter Bahr from the USA. interview with Guardian before a game in 2010. “As the game progressed, England began to fall into despair.”

Rob Green watches the ball roll down the line during England's first match in the 2010 World Cup against the United States.
Rob Green watches the ball roll over the line during the first match of the 2010 World Cup against the USA. Photograph: Martin Rose/Getty Images

The winning goal in the 38th minute was scored by Joe Gatjens, a Haitian-born New York dishwasher who continued to play professionally in France, although it is still debated whether he meant it. “It should have been 10:1.” Williams said in 2009. “The American team came in with a sombrero, smoked cigars, and in 90 minutes they only had about six hits on the ball. Unfortunately, one of them swerved a lot and threw me off the path to the winning goal.”

His memory was disputed by several American players, including Bar, who threw the punch. “He’s not all right in the head, but he definitely made a concerted effort,” he said. “Joe was a guy who had a nose for a target. He scored goals where you didn’t know how he got to the ball, let alone score goals.”

Gaethjens’ life ended in tragedy when, in July 1964, he was arrested in Haiti by the Tonton Macoutes, dictator Francois “Papa Doc” Duvalier’s militia. Nobody saw him again.

Only two representatives of the American team – Bar and defenseman Harry Keogh – faced England in the next meeting, three years later in a friendly match at Yankee Stadium in New York. A few months before they were defeated by the same score against Hungary, two goals from Nat Lofthouse gave the visitors a 6-3 victory. This was the start of a series of one-sided contests, including a 10-0 draw in 1964, when the United States competed on the international stage.

The two countries did not meet again until 1985 in Los Angeles, when two goals from Gary Lineker and Kerry Dixon sealed England’s 5-0 win. Nose USA failing until 1990 to qualify for the World Cup following his exploits in Brazil, a 2–0 victory over Graham Taylor’s US Cup team the year before the 1994 tournament on home soil provided a springboard for the group stage. for the first time since 1930

In the match in Boston, Paul Ince also became England’s first black captain. As the midfielder later said, this important moment led to the fact that he began to receive letters from people who were not even into football. “They wrote to me saying: “We have children from the same environment as you. You, the commander of the country, are a shining light for our children.”

Alan Shearer’s double played for Bora Milutinovic’s team during their first visit to Wembley in September 1994. 3-0 defeat in November 2018. But after Clint Dempsey’s Rustenburg goal embarrassed Green and the Belo Horizonte story, Jordan Pickford should be wary of taking anything for granted this time around.

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