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Green stakes claim as England's number one

PUBLISHED: 11:00 22 May 2009 | UPDATED: 09:43 06 July 2010

Ex-Canaries keeper Robert Green says he's ready to make his competitive bow for England in next month's World Cup qualifying double header - but is not taking his selection for granted.

Ex-Canaries keeper Robert Green says he's ready to make his competitive bow for England in next month's World Cup qualifying double header - but is not taking his selection for granted.

Green - who left Carrow Road for West Ham in August, 2006 - appears to be the front runner to replace injured number one David James, as Ben Foster and Chris Kirkland are both sidelined.

West Brom's Scott Carson remains a possible alternative, but Albion's relegation and his high-profile error when on duty in the crunch Euro 2008 qualifier against Croatia may count against him, while Blackburn's Paul Robinson looks set to be number two.

However, Green refuses to take anything for granted.

"As soon as Jamo (James) 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," he said.

"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."

The 29-year-old has two caps and an ill-fated B international appearance on his CV, but has never played a competitive match for his country. He was a half-time substitute against Colombia in 2005 and, having mocked his drop down the pecking order under Capello with the words "England's No 6" stitched into his gloves for a Premier League game, was called up last year and came on as a sub against Spain.

Green might have won more caps had it not been for the terrible injury he sustained against Belarus in a B international in May 2006 when he ruptured his groin taking a goal kick - forcing him out of that summer's World Cup.

Green had last played for Norwich six weeks earlier, in a 2-0 defeat at Preston, but missed the last four games of the season after injuring his groin in the warm-up for the following game, at Sheffield Wednesday, in an effort to preserve his fitness for the World Cup.

He joined West Ham for £2m in August, 2006, having made 241 appearances for the Canaries and has been a key player as the Hammers avoided relegation in 2007, before achieving a top half finish the following year and again this season under manager Gianfranco Zola.

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