Green pays the penalty

Robert Green has taken time out to help raise money for the Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK in tandem with talkSPORT radio presenter Ian 'Moose' Abrahams.

The England No1 agreed to face five penalties from the Moose at the Boleyn Ground, with the out-of-shape reporter having to donate money to the club charity for any missed.

After claiming his converted warm-up attempt as the first, he then skied the second before scoring the next two with fierce efforts to Green's right.

The fifth was comfortably saved - leaving it just about honours even on a sunny afternoon in east London. The real winner was the Bobby Moore Fund with more sponsorship to come their way and the keeper also donating several signed items for auction.

"He did OK," said Green, with a wry smile when quizzed about the shoot-out on talkSPORT. "He tricked me into considering the first one was a practice and then he claimed that one. He booted the next one over and the next two he scored.


"He was quite hard to read. His arms and legs were all over the place and there was no real shape to his body to go on. His arms were going one way, the legs the other and his gut the other. There is a saying in goalkeeping that you can't save a shank and I proved that. "

The charity event came after Green had put in the hours at Chadwell Heath with his team-mates as they began to focus on the weekend trip to Arsenal. Reflecting on last Saturday's 4-1 loss at Chelsea, when Green did not deserve to concede four goals after some tremendous stops, he acknowledged it was always going to be a tough afternoon.

"It was a massively difficult game against a Chelsea team that put out all their firepower. They managed to find space and there were a lot of balls coming into the box. The lads coped admirably with that in the first half but once the second one went in, it was difficult to come back from again.

"Scotty [Parker] scored a wonderful goal and played tremendously well. It was half a job done at half-time but unfortunately that is how it stayed. Chelsea's quality and resources came through and after about an hour that became fairly clear."