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Last updated on: June 17, 2010 09:17 IST

England has history of goalkeeping blunders

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England's Robert Green was ridiculed after his embarrassing gaffe handed the United States and equaliser in the team's World Cup match on Saturday but the country's national team has a history of goalkeeping blunders.

Even the nation's finest goalkeepers, dating back to Gil Merrick, who died earlier this year, but who was on the receiving end of a 6-3 defeat by Hungary at Wembley in November, 1953, have endured nightmare experiences.

A look at the most famous, or infamous, blunders:

Photographs: Reuters


Image: England's goalkeepers Joe Hart (left), David James (centre) and Robert Green during a training session

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Bonetti gifted Beckenbauer a goal

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Peter Bonetti, who conceded a goal to a low bobbling long shot from Germany's Franz Beckenbauer in a 3-2 defeat in Mexico, in 1970.

Image: Peter Bonetti during an exhibition soccer match

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Shilton blundered twice!

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Peter Shilton, who allowed a soft, low effort from Poland's Jan Domarski to beat him and eliminate England in a key World Cup qualifier at Wembley in October, 1973.

Shilton was also dispossessed by Robert Baggio, who promptly scored, while trying to dribble during the third-place play-off against Italy in the 1990 World Cup finals. He was England's most-capped player with 125 appearances, but that was his last before retiring, in Italy's 2-1 win.


Image: Peter Shilton

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Clemence let Dalglish shot through his legs

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Ray Clemence, the current England coach, who allowed a Kenny Dalglish shot to go through his legs for a Scotland goal in Glasgow, in May, 1976.

Image: Ray Clemence

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Seaman left all at sea by Ronaldinho

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David Seaman is left stranded out of position as a swirling angled cross-shot from a free-kick by Brazil's Ronaldinho flies over his head and into the top corner in a World Cup quarter-final in Shizuoko, Japan, in June, 2002.

Image: David Seaman

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James lived up to his 'Calamity' nickname

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David James, one of the current trio in the squad, lived up to his "Calamity" nickname when he allowed a speculative shot from Andreas Ivanschitz to beat him from long range in a 2-2 draw with Austria in a World Cup qualifier in Vienna in September, 2004.

Image: David James

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When Robinson kicked thin air

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Paul Robinson kicks thin air and misses a Gary Neville back pass in a 2-0 defeat by Croatia in a Euro 2008 qualifier in Zagreb, in October, 2006. He has not been picked for England again.

Image: Paul Robinson

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Carson failed on his debut

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Scott Carson, a shock selection playing on his debut, allows a tame shot from Nico Kranjcar to bounce off his gloves and roll beneath him in a calamitous 3-2 defeat for England by Croatia at Wembley in the return Euro 2008 qualifier in November, 2007. Manager Steve McClaren was dismissed the following day

Image: Scott Carson

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Green missed Dempsey's low shot

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Robert Green, in only his ninth start for England, allows a low bouncing shot from Clint Dempsey to squirm through his grasp as the United States claim a 1-1 draw at the World Cup finals in South Africa in June, 2010.

Image: Robert Green

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