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England's coach weighs Green's goof

England's players rallied around Robert Green, while coach Fabio Capello contemplated whether to drop the goalkeeper who cost them a World Cup win against the United States.

England's players rallied around Robert Green, while coach Fabio Capello contemplated whether to drop the goalkeeper who cost them a World Cup win against the United States.

Green fumbled Clint Dempsey's low 25-yard shot into the goal, leaving England with one point heading into Friday's second Group C match against Algeria.

"We have time to decide and to speak with [Green] and I will decide," Capello said.

England's first rest day since arriving in South Africa turned out to be one for reflection, but Green said the blunder wouldn't affect him psychologically.

"I'm 30, I'm a man, and you have hardships in life and prepare for them," Green said Saturday night. "I'm strong enough to move on. At a younger point in my life it would have affected me more."

David James, the squad's veteran goalkeeper who has been struggling with knee problems since arriving in South Africa, backed his teammate.

"Mistakes happen in goalkeeping, and Rob Green made a great save [from Jozy Altidore] in the second half to keep us at 1-1," the 39-year-old James said. "A mistake like that should stay with you for just two minutes."

Green will now have to wait for Capello to make his decision on a starter for the match against Algeria, which lost to Slovenia, 1-0, in its opener. That result put Slovenia atop Group C, ahead of both England and the United States.

Goal? What goal? British broadcaster ITV is apologizing to fans for missing the first goal of the England-United States World Cup match.

Fans watching the channel's high definition HD service on Saturday said the coverage suddenly switched to an advertisement with the game 0-0 in the early stages.

It returned with the score 1-0 for England after Steven Gerrard scored in the fourth minute. The match ended 1-1.

ITV1 host Adrian Chiles also apologized at halftime, telling viewers, "I believe there was some interruption in your coverage."

Laser nabbed. FIFA says it asked stadium security to intervene after a spectator targeted a laser beam at the field during Argentina's World Cup match against Nigeria.

The bright green light was aimed at players and Argentina coach Diego Maradona during Saturday's match in Johannesburg.

FIFA says it noticed the beam immediately and alerted security staff at Ellis Park.

FIFA was concerned about fans using laser pens at qualifying matches. It fined the Greek federation $21,800 after beams were directed at opposing Switzerland and Israel players.

No promises. Uruguay striker Diego Forlan is looking to ease the pressure on himself, so he's not promising any goals in the next World Cup game against South Africa.

The 31-year-old Forlan says he "only tries to do the best possible for the team" and "I don't promise goals."

Forlan showed flashes of his potential in Uruguay's first Group A match against France on Friday. But the fear of losing the opening game stifled offensive tactics and the game ended in a dull 0-0 draw.

Uruguay plays South Africa on Wednesday in Pretoria.

Foul play. France defender Eric Abidal says players have to "make the right fouls" to avoid getting a yellow card early at the World Cup. He thinks referees give them out more easily at that stage of the tournament.

Franck Ribery and Patrice Evra received cards from Japanese referee Yuichi Nishimura within the first 20 minutes of France's 0-0 draw against Uruguay on Friday for tugging at opponents.

Sharing the credit. Lionel Messi has been one of the highlights of the World Cup so far. Yet the modest Argentina forward says his teammates deserve much of the credit for the team's opening win.

Messi's dazzling display helped Argentina defeat Nigeria, 1-0, but the Barcelona playmaker said "this team doesn't just depend on me."

Messi said that "I depend on the midfield to bring me the ball, and they were able to do that yesterday - and so I was able to capitalize."