The mistake of a goalkeeper playing on whilst injured

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The mistake of a goalkeeper playing on whilst injured

Having recently watched a very entertaining international friendly between Germany and England, the one stand out was the manor in which Germany scored their first goal.

England goalkeeper, Jack Butland was hoping to stake his claim for a Euro 2016 spot by playing for England in the absence of established Number 1 Joe Hart, but Butland suffered an injury when going to ground to collect the ball in the 41st minute. He pulled up visibly after kicking a back pass two minutes later.

The Stoke goalkeeper did not signal to the England bench after sustaining the injury and his poor kick out was pounced upon by Germany, who took the lead through a long-range shot that beat Butland at his near post. The goal was obviously a result of Butland being concerned about his injury and then not being able to spring off correctly.

After the goal and with the England goalkeeper being in some pain, he was stretchered off.

See highlights of the game below, which shows how the injury happened after the goal is scored.


England coach Roy Hodgson said after the England win “Let’s keep these players’ feet on the ground. Let’s keep them humble. Let’s keep them hungry to learn from their mistakes so that, next time Jack Butland is injured, he goes down and makes sure he receives treatment rather than allowing the game to play on.”

This is a lesson we can all learn from.

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