Glen Moss' World Cup mailbag

All Whites goalkeeper Glen Moss blogs from inside New Zealand’s World Cup campaign.

Glen Moss: Life as a 'keeper


Serengeti golf and wildlife estate
Johannesburg, South Africa

Life as a goalkeeper definitely has its ups and downs, and like a rollercoaster, sometimes you just have to hang on for the ride.

I feel for Robert Green, having worked so hard to grab England's number one shirt only to drop it against the USA.

Like any professional 'keeper, Green would expect the typical reaction from the press, especially the English who are ruthless even on a good day. After making a mistake like that coaches tell you to forget about it and concentrate on the rest of the game - easier said than done, especially for young 'keepers. I'm sure Green would have been told those exact words at halftime and to his credit made a splendid save in a solid second half performance.

I've learnt not to read too much press after a match, as it's only one person's opinion on what they've seen over 90minutes. At the end of the day, it's only the opinion of the coaching staff that matters to a player. If anything, the boys read the papers for a good laugh - especially from certain journalists that have never played the game.

Don't switch on the tele Rob, train hard before your next game and next time that awful ball will stick.


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