Former Chelsea and Middlesbrough star Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink was taken aback by the shape of Rob Green's little finger when the latter revealed it live on air.
The ex-West Ham and England goalkeeper showed the Dutchman, fellow pundit Bobby Zamora and the camera his disfigured finger when they started talking about the ferocity of shots, something Hasselbaink was renowned for.
Goalkeepers don't get enough respect! :flushed: :flushed: :flushed: pic.twitter.com/Uuwaqet8Wc- Best of Football (@BestofFootball8) September 24, 2021
"That's from one of Jimmy's free-kicks about 15 years ago!" Green laughed.
"Are you pointing at me? Stop pointing at me!" Zamora, a teammate of Green's at QPR, chuckled.
Green took to Twitter two days ago to
Green first spoke about the problems with his pinky on an episode of Football Focus in 2015, claiming that it was the result of 20 years as a shot stopper.
He was also ridiculed for it by Jamie Carragher on Monday Night Football earlier this year.
Rob :speaking_head: "You're alright if you've got your left arm bent like you have now."- Football Daily (@footballdaily) March 8, 2021
Carra :speaking_head: "Hey, I've seen your finger don't say about nothing bent." @Carra23 response to Rob Green digging out his goalkeeping technique pic.twitter.com/OKC9fUCmUk
A professional for two decades, Green enjoyed a solid career between the posts at some of the biggest clubs in the country. He came through the ranks at Norwich City, where he made over 200 appearances and made it into the PFA Team of the Year for 2003/04. He then moved to Upton Park on a four year deal, where he won 'Hammer of the Year' in 2008 and helped them gain promotion from the Championship in 2012.
However, after failing to agree an extension to his stay in the East End, the 41 year old shifted across London to Loftus Road, where he played a further 121 matches. His club career concluded with spells at Leeds United, Huddersfield Town and Chelsea.
In addition to memorable moments on the domestic stage, Green will also forever be remembered for his endeavours with the England national team. After making his debut for The Three Lions in 2005, he went on to play 12 times for his country, one of which was during the 2010 World Cup, where he made a horrendous error against the USA.
"Fortunately (or unfortunately) I'd made mistakes previous in my career and you work around it," he said during an interview with Sky Sports. "This one happened to be in front of about 2 or 3 billion people. I think what you do is you go into a process where you say 'right, there's my mistake, a glaring error. You're going to do one or two of them a season- that's it as a goalkeeper... it's going to be another six months, make sure it's going to be another six months.'
"It was tough for them (Green's family)... it goes too far at some points but because you're in this bubble you don't know what's going on at home. You don't know what's happening... I was disappointed. I think you work all your life towards something and sometimes it doesn't work out how you want it to.
"That's the life of being a goalkeeper at times."
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