“I asked the players if I would put Hart or Calamity James”

first_imgIn June 2010, just two days after England’s debut in the South Africa World Cup against the United States, the coach of the pross had only one doubt, and was in goal. Fabio Capello was not clear who should be the starting goal and shuffles three options: Robert Green, then West Ham goalkeeper, the veteran David ‘Calamity’ James (39 years old then), and the young man Joe Hart (23).James, then Portsmuth goalkeeper, had received the shirt with the number 1 of the English team, but when he arrived in South Africa he complained of discomfort in his knee. According to Capello himself in The Guardian, the coach admitted to his players that it was “the most difficult decision to make in his career, “the most incredible thing that has happened to me” and opted for a decision that was at least unusual.Finally, for the debut in the World Cup Capello bets on Green, but the play goes wrong; West Ham’s keeper makes a serious mistake in the opening match that costs the English a tie (1-1). The unexpected puncture unleashes the first wave of criticism in England and Capello decides to solve the goal debate in an unusual way: “I had Rob Green and I had Hart, just a boy. I asked the players, Hart or Calamity? John Terry and the defenders had more faith in James. Hart had only played once. “.Ten years after that World Cup, Capello assures in The Guardian: “England now has a goalkeeper, I didn’t. I’ve always been unlucky with goalkeepers and they’re as important as a striker. Green had a mistake (in the first game against the United States), so I changed. “So it was. Calamity James was the starting goalkeeper in England’s next two games in the group stage against Algeria and Slovenia. The debate was over, but the journey of Caklamity James and England in South Africa was not very long; what took in crossing with Germany in eighth of end, that made goals to the English by 4-1 in a party marked by the controversy.last_img