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Pearce: why I recalled Rob

Filed: Thursday, 23rd February 2012
By: Staff Writer

Temporary England boss Stuart Pearce has handed West Ham's Robert Green an international lifeline after naming him in the squad to face Holland at Wembley next week.

The United number one was called up for the first time this year following some tremendous form between the sticks for the Hammers this term.

Pearce, who played under Harry Redknapp at the Boleyn Ground between 1999 and 2001 admitted that it was Green's rich vein of form that prompted him to recall the 32-year-old Hammer.

And when asked whether he believed Green still had a future at international level, Peace replied: "100 per cent.

"His form at West Ham has been outstanding. I make it my business to speak to players and managers and see something in excess of 200 matches. His form is outstanding at the moment.

"He's playing well in a side that is playing well."

Chertsey-born Green currently has 11 full England caps to his name, but hasn't featured for his country since making a high-profile gaffe against the United States in the 2010 World Cup Finals.

Manchester City's Joe Hart is likely to start against Holland, with Green vying for a substitute spot with Scott Carson.

* On-loan midfielder Henri Lansbury, who replaced Green in goal at Blackpool on Tuesday night has been named in the England under-21 squad for their forthcoming fixture with Belgium.

Full English/Dutch squads


Goalkeepers: Robert Green (West Ham United), Scott Carson (Bursaspor), Joe Hart (Manchester City).

Defenders: Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Leighton Baines (Everton), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Micah Richards (Manchester City), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur).

Midfielders: Gareth Barry (Manchester City), Tom Cleverley (Manchester United), Stewart Downing (Liverpool), Adam Johnson (Manchester City), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), James Milner (Manchester City), Scott Parker (Tottenham Hotspur), Ashley Young (Manchester United), Theo Walcott (Arsenal).

Forwards: Darren Bent (Aston Villa), Fraizer Campbell (Sunderland), Daniel Sturridge (Chelsea), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Danny Welbeck (Manchester United).


Goalkeepers: Tim Krul (Newcastle United), Maarten Stekelenburg (AS Roma), Michel Vorm (Swansea City).

Defenders: Vurnon Anita (Ajax), Khalid Boulahrouz (VfB Stuttgart), Jeffrey Bruma (HSV), John Heitinga (Everton), Joris Mathijsen (Málaga), Erik Pieters (PSV), Ron Vlaar (Feyenoord).

Midfielders: Mark van Bommel (AC Milan), Urby Emanuelson (AC Milan), Nigel de Jong (Manchester City), Adam Maher (AZ), Stijn Schaars (Sporting), Wesley Sneijder (Inter), Kevin Strootman (PSV), Rafael van der Vaart (Tottenham Hotspur), Georginio Wijnaldum (PSV).

Forwards: Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (Schalke 04), Ola John (FC Twente), Luuk de Jong (FC Twente), Dirk Kuyt (Liverpool), Jeremain Lens (PSV), Luciano Narsingh (sc Heerenveen), Robin van Persie (Arsenal), Arjen Robben (Bayern München).

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