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Green joins list of blundering England goalkeepers

JOHANNESBURG (AP) - Robert Green added his name to the lengthening list of blundering England goalkeepers, letting a routine shot from Clint Dempsey slip through his grasp for a United States goal Saturday night.

It was the only time the Americans scored in a 1-1 draw.

From David Seaman in the 2002 World Cup, Scott Carson in a Euro 2008 qualifier to several gaffes by David "Calamity" James, England has a growing reputation for producing poor goalkeepers.

Standout keepers such as Gordon Banks, Ray Clemence and Peter Shilton likely would have dealt easily with Dempsey's low, left-footed drive in the 40th minute at Rustenburg. Green had it well covered as he went down to stop it, but the ball slipped off his gloves and rolled into the net to make it 1-1.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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