Casillas doubts England keepers
Iker Casillas has questioned whether England can win the World Cup with their goalkeeping options.
Last Updated: 05/06/10 2:26pm
Iker Casillas has questioned whether England can be considered genuine World Cup contenders with the goalkeeping options at Fabio Capello's disposal.
Spain No.1 Casillas is regarded as one of the finest players in his position on the planet, while manager Vicente del Bosque also has Liverpool's Pepe Reina and Victor Valdes of Barcelona in his squad and all three have UEFA Champions League experience.
David James, Robert Green and Joe Hart do not play for such successful clubs and Casillas feels this is a crucial factor going into the tournament in South Africa.
"Lionel Messi and Xavi have talked up England's chances at the World Cup, but their goalkeeping situation is a real problem," the Real Madrid shot-stopper told the Daily Express.
"None of the goalkeepers have played even at European Cup level and, if you have never played in the top club competition, you're going to find it hard to perform at the top international level when even more eyes are on you."
Green's the man
Capello has yet to decide who will line up between the posts for England in their opening Group C game against USA on 12th June.
West Ham keeper Green has been the man in possession and Casillas thinks he deserves to get the nod, believing it would be a mistake to go with youngster Hart.
"I don't see that Fabio has any choice but to play Green," he explained.
"To throw Joe Hart into the World Cup with no experience would be crazy."