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Calamity James School of Goalkeeping Lesson One

JamesDavidHey you! Yes you! You think the current crop of goalkeepers are pretty bad don’t you? Do you remember Scott Carson chucking one in against Croatia? Ben Foster’s derby day disaster? Then there was Paul Robinson kicking air instead of the ball in Croatia and David James has a back catalogue that would be the envy of a dyspraxic Coco the clown.

Things are not just bad for English keepers however. I wonder if Sir Alex Ferguson has had his scouts run the rule over this chap in the video shown below, alongside such luminaries as Manuel Neuer and Igor Akinfeev?


I mean what caused this? An errant fly? Alzheimers? An IQ that makes Jason McAteer’s look prodigious? He seemed to just forget where he had mislaid the ball completely. To be fair to him, he had attempted a rogueish back heel to fool the striker, but seemed to only fool himself as to where the ball may eventually have ended up. I mean it must be quite difficult to spot a perfectly spherical white object against a completely green background.

Suddenly having an error-laden England international goalkeeper between your posts every weekend loses its sting, doesn’t it? Many fans would I think long for the return of the days of Dave Beasant, Bruce Grobbelaar and Gary Sprake rather than them try and sign this confused goalkeeper.

There is however, no truth in the rumour that George Burley is seeking to call this chap up for Scotland’s next game.


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