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Sam 'staggered' by Green omission

Filed: Friday, 11th November 2011
By: Staff Writer

Sam Allardyce has criticised England manager Fabio Capello for leaving West Ham's Robert Green out of the squad.

Green, who recently returned from injury has excelled for his club in recent weeks - including during last weekend's 2-0 win at Hull where he pulled of a string of world-class saves.

However that wasn't enough to persuade England's Italian coach to select his for this weekend's friendly against Spain - much to the annoyance of Allardyce.

"I'm staggered because Rob's right back at the top of his game following his knee operation," said the West Ham manager, speaking to the Evening Standard. "I would even say Rob is better than before because his knee hadn't been 100 per cent for some little time before he had the op.

"If Fabio is looking for the friendlies with Spain and Sweden as principally preparation for Euro 2012 next summer, then I can't see beyond Rob. Joe Hart is currently the first choice for the England goalkeeper's jersey but if they want someone capable of ­challenging the Manchester City man, then I can't think of anyone better than Rob.

I don't believe that playing in the Championship with West Ham should be a handicap for him. It's far better for a keeper to be playing regularly in the Championship than sporadically in the Premier League."

Despite his omission from the latest squad, Allardyce believes that Green will have plenty of opportunitities to add to his handful of caps in future. "From an experience point of view, I don't see anyone better equipped to be challenging Joe than Rob," he added.

"I would say categorically that, just because Rob has missed out this time, that it's not the end of his international career. I am sure he will be back."

Rob Green: Five of the best
With accompanying match notes from KUMB.com's reporters.

5. Nottm Forest 1 West Ham Utd 4 (August 2011)
"Had he not made two stunning saves in the first half it could have been a very different game indeed."

4. West Ham Utd 1 Manchester City 0 (April 2006)
"Made two top-class saves; one from Sinclair was a contender for save-of-the-season."

3. Hull 0 West Ham Utd 2 (November 2011)
"Some excellent saves both in the first half and late on preserved a clean sheet and, in the process, rammed those oh so tedious World Cup chants down some throats."

2. Man Utd 0 West Ham Utd 1 (May 2007)
"Dealt with everything thrown at him – unbelievable to think we actually dropped him for Carroll earlier this season!"

1. Arsenal 0 West Ham Utd 1 (April 2007)
"Simply outstanding. Simply one of the best goalkeeping displays you're ever likely to see."

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by g portugal
08:18AM 12th Nov 2011
''Yet another example of the mindnumbing ineptitude of Cappello. He is unfit for purpose.

Who does he pich ahead of Green? Carson, who is out of his depth. And Stockdale, playing not only in the Championship but for a side about 10 places below West Ham.

England have had some poor managers but this guy takes the cake. A coward, who with Terry embroiled in a controversy over racism, still picks him as captain. No wonder England always under-achieve.''

by Tell how it is Charlie!
05:15PM 11th Nov 2011
''There is no doubt that for me he is the best reflex keeper in the world. He is very much in the mould of Nevile Southall, sometimes he is very slow around his box and his distribution lets him down. I think last year he was recorded as the slowest player in the Premier League.''

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