WATCH: A history of England goalkeeping mistakes – from David Seaman to Joe Hart

first_imgArguably England’s most infamous goalkeeping gaffe and set the tone for many of the errors that followed in big games over the next 14 years. In Japan and South Korea, the Three Lions had their best chance to win the World Cup since 1966 with David Beckham leading the so-called ‘golden generation’. However, Ronaldinho’s floated free kick completely bamboozled a ponytailed Seaman to knock out Sven Goran Eriksson’s side and end the World Cup dreams of a nation.David James v Austria – Vienna, September 4, 2004England were looking to get off to a fast start in World Cup 2006 qualifying after a disappointing Euro 2004 which saw them knocked out on penalties to Portugal in the quarter-finals. However, after taking a 2-1 lead through goals from Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard, Austria’s Andreas Ivanschitz tried a speculative effort from outside the area which went through the arms of James to cost England victory. 1 Paul Robinson v Croatia – Zagreb, October 11, 2006If you could sum up the Steve McClaren era in one goal, it would be this calamitous one conceded by Robinson. Gary Neville played a pass back to England’s no.1 which bobbled along the turf, causing Robinson to completely miskick his shot and watch the ball trickle into his own net. He never recovered from that and lost his spot to Scott Carson. England’s embarrassing Euro 2016 exit at the Round of 16 stage at the hands of tournament minnows Iceland can be put down to any of a number problems with the side.However, specifically, the moment that cost the Three Lions their lead against Iceland was Joe Hart’s goalkeeping blunder after 18 minutes that England were never able to recover from.The Manchester City stopper allowed Kolbeinn Sigthorsson’s low shot to squirm under his outstretched palm and into the net to condemn England to arguably their most humiliating defeat ever.And this was just after he let in Gareth Bale’s 35-yard free kick against Wales, despite laughing at the prospect of the Real Madrid star even thinking about shooting from so far out.But is good (or bad?) company when it comes to ‘keeper errors. talkSPORT have compiled video evidence from the biggest England goalkeeper howlers.David Seaman v Brazil – Shizuoka, June 21, 2002 Je Hart’s clanger isn’t the first to cost the Three Lions at a major tournament Scott Carson v Croatia – Wembley, November 21, 2007After Green’s nightmare, McClaren turned to Carson for a more reliable pair of hands between the sticks in what has since been dubbed the ‘Wally with a brolly’ game. Eight minutes into the must-win game against Croatia at Wembley Niko Kranjcar let rip with a straightforward effort which Carson failed to judge the flight of. The ball ricocheted off his gloves and into the top corner to end England’s hopes of reaching Euro 2008 as they Three Lions lost 3-2. Rob Green v USA – Rustenburg, June 12, 2010The most memorable error in recent history happened in the opening group game of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa against the USA. Fabio Capello’s side started strongly with Gerrard giving England a fourth-minute lead, but that all came crashing down just before half time. Clint Dempsey’s tame effort straight at Green was spilled into his own net with the goalkeeper left clawing at thin air. He was dropped for the no-less-unreliable James.last_img read more