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Green hoping for England nod

21 May 2009 - 09:50:09

West Ham United goalkeeper Robert Green is hoping to be given the nod to start in England's upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Kazakhstan and Andorra.

Twenty-nine-year-old Green is in line for a place due to injuries to David James, Ben Foster and Chris Kirkland, having yet to feature in a competitive international.

He told The Independent: "As soon as David was out I knew people would be looking around for a name, but I'm a bit too long in the tooth to get carried away.

"One thing I've learnt about the new manager (Fabio Capello) is he does not take any notice of anyone else, he is his own man.

"But I will be turning up - assuming I am picked - and will prepare to play, as I do every time."

Meanwhile, Green has praised Irons boss Gianfranco Zola for instilling a new-found sense of confidence at Upton Park.

He added: "He has instilled confidence in everyone. The manager has encouraged us to 'play football' and it's been a joy for everyone."


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