“I asked the players, ‘Hart or Calamity James? ‘
- David James was brought in after Rob Green’s roar against the US.
- But in an interview, former boss Fabio Capello described James as a ‘disaster’
- Capello also admitted that in 2010 he is still haunted by Frank Lampard’s ghost target
- Lampard’s goal was disallowed in their 4-1 defeat to Germany in the eighth final
Fabio Capello has given a candid account of the 2010 English World Cup campaign and has admitted that it hurt him to target David James after Rob Green’s mistake against the US.
Capello’s squad was eliminated in the eighth finals of South Africa after a 4-1 defeat to Germany.
That loss was preceded by England, which finished second in their group, behind USA. And when the two sides met, poor handling of former West Ham and Chelsea goalkeeper Green saw Clint Dempsey’s weak attempt beat him.
Fabio Capello called David James a ‘disaster’ in an interview about the 2010 World Cup in England
James was sidelined as a replacement for Rob Green after his roar at the US.
Green allowed a tame left foot of Clint Dempsey to drip past and across the line
That left Capello no choice but to change a goal, but admitted he was only convinced he would introduce ‘calamity’ James because of the superior defense confidence in him than the inexperienced Joe Hart.
“You can’t say anything. Everyone makes mistakes, ‘said Capello The Guardian.
‘He [Green] made, so I changed. I put Calamity James in it.
“I had Green and I had [Joe] Heart, just a child. I asked the players. Heart of Calamity? “Disaster.” I used Calamity because of the confidence of the players.
And Capello admitted that he only chose James because players trusted him more than Joe Hart
“John Terry and the defenders had more confidence in James. Hart had only played once. ‘
Despite Green’s mistake, however, England reached the knockout stage, but was thoroughly outdone by Joachim Low’s Germany at Bloemfontein.
However, the game is largely remembered for Lampard’s “ ghost target, ” which would have brought England up to par just before half-time.
England crashed out of the tournament in South Africa after losing to Germany
Germany eventually came out with 4-1 winners, but the Italian admitted that the incident continues to haunt him to this day.
“Everyone saw it,” he continued. “Besides, because of the effect on the ball, when it hits the crossbar, the floor – the field was dry – and going up like that, it could only have gone in: it’s physics.”
Despite England’s disastrous end to their World Cup campaign, Capello said he would rather injure key players than prepare for their poor performance in South Africa.
But the defeat to Germany will always be remembered for Frank Lampard’s “ghost purpose.”
The goal was disallowed despite going over the line, something that Capello is haunting even now
“After that, people said we were too far away, the players were stuck. That’s nonsense, stupid.
“The preparation was perfect. [Wayne] Rooney was in trouble, he was wrong. [David] Beckham was injured, [Rio] Ferdinand got injured: important players, with appearance, leadership, players you need. ‘
Two of the more experienced players who played the entire tournament were Lampard and fellow midfielder Steven Gerrard, but England never seemed to get the best of both players on the pitch during their careers.
Capello said the lack of experienced players like David Beckham in South Africa was difficult
And Capello believes that positioning and a lack of credible alternatives contributed to this.
When asked why England couldn’t find a suitable way for Lampard and Gerrard, Capello said, “Because they played in the same place.
“Then why don’t you remove one? Because the other players are no better! ‘
Capello also dismissed the idea of playing the former Liverpool captain on the left, saying, “No, just as a defender. When we had the ball, Gerrard was free. ‘
Capello stated that because of their similar position, Lampard and Gerrard never worked together