Green prepared to be patient

12 June 2009 09:10
Robert Green is prepared to play a waiting game as he strives to become England's first-choice goalkeeper. The West Ham shot-stopper has had to be patient in his efforts to break into the international fold on a consistent basis, with Portsmouth's David James holding a vice-like grip on the No.1 jersey in recent years. The likes of Paul Robinson, Chris Kirkland, Scott Carson and Joe Hart have also emerged as contenders for a starting berth under Fabio Capello, forcing Green down the pecking order. However, the Hammers star was awarded his first competitive caps during a recent World Cup qualifying double-header against Kazakhstan and Andorra. While rarely tested during those outings, Green hopes he has done enough to earn an extended stay in the squad and admits he has his eye on dislodging James from his perch. "'Jamo' has done fantastically well, and you have just got to keep plugging away for your club, waiting for chances and being ready. That is the virtue of being a goalkeeper," he said. "You do your utmost while someone else is playing and you just have to be ready to take that chance. "I played in the two games with two clean sheets, so I can't ask for more than that. "It is now just a case of being ready for whenever the next chance comes along." Green continued: "It is your job - you just get on and work, doing the best you can. "If it does not happen, then it is not for the want of trying. "It is no good spending your life not doing everything you can, then walking away saying 'well, yeah I probably could have done more'. "If I do everything I can and then do not make it, then so be it. "But I have played the last two games and it has been fantastic."

Source: SKY_Sports