Originally Posted by Redead
im starting to think rob green isnt very good
He was actually a good league keeper once upon a time, believe it or not! Between 2001-2005 and 2007-2009. He was just never international class and couldn't handle the pressure of being England keeper. Ever since Rustenberg he has been mentally crumbling away.
Originally Posted by 5th-Horseman
Yeah, but he played for England. According to the UK press that means he must be one of the best in the world right now.
What utter nonsense. Ever since the 2010 world cup the UK media has gone out of its way to berrate him, hence why he performed that 'offensive gesture' towards the press box at Upton Park after the West Ham vs Spurs game in 10-11. Even during his peak form at West Ham (before his succession of England howlers) he was constantly written off by the press as an England keeper in favour of genuine media darlings like Ben Foster and Chris Kirkland (Ray Clemence always suggested him for an obvious reason
), they were also never good enough but were hyped up due to their big club connections.
The only time that Rob Green was hyped up by the national media was during the period that covered the end of Norwich's 03-04 Division 1 title winning campaign and the start of the 04-05 premier league campaign. He had just broken into the England squad and was playing out of his skin. He rightfully deserved praise.
Maybe certain sections of the local London media are biased towards him because of an agenda that is based on certain club affiliations, but for the past three years the national broadsheets and tabloids have constantly referred to him as 'world cup howler goalkeeper' while often mentioning his 'Rustenberg nightmare' regardless of whether he played good or bad. It was almost ridiculous during the 10-11 season because the media ran it as a season long story, if he was playing well he was ignored yet the first sign of a mistake would bring out all of the Rustenberg references. Last season he was out of the lime light due to playing in the second tier and his form (or should I say lack of it?) wasn't a priority to the national mainstream media. This season the media has been back on his case and probably with good reason. Even during the Norway vs England friendly the commentators/pundits struggled to give him praise for things he did well, claiming that he made a meal out of certain saves and looked nervous when calmly claiming the ball cleanly from high balls and crosses.
I've probably put more effort into this than I should really, but your comment is in complete contrast to reality. Your statement might work with other players but its not always the standard format.