England has history of goalkeeping blunders

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

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:

Bonetti gifted Beckenbauer a goal

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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