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Green left out - again

Filed: Friday, 9th November 2007
By: Matthew O'Greel

Robert Green has once again been left out of the full England squad by Steve McClaren.

McClaren - who is likely to face the sack should England fail to qualify for the 2008 European Championships - chose Portsmouth's veteran David James, Totenham's errant stopper Paul Robinson and Aston Villa's on-loan keeper Scott Carson ahead of Green yet again - despite a host of calls for the former Norwich man's inclusion.

Green has been in excellent form for his club this season, and has been rated England's most consistent goalkeeper this term. Not enough for McClaren, it seems.

England face Austria in a friendly next week before taking on Croatia a few days later in their final European Championship qualifier.

Should Russia beat Israel in Tel Aviv next week England will fail to qualify for next year's Championships, which will almost certainly spell the end of McClaren's urbulent reign.

One suspects Rob Green won't be sending any sympathy cards should that happen.

Full England squad: Robinson, Carson, James, P Neville, Campbell, Richards, Brown, Lescott, Shorey, Bridge, A Cole, Beckham, Wright-Phillips, Bentley, Gerrard, Lampard, Hargreaves, Barry, J Cole, Downing, Young, Smith, Crouch, Defoe, Rooney, Owen.

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by Doddle
06:50PM 10th Nov 2007
''While every football fan from whichever club regularly says to me (once they know I support the Hammers) is that Green is the only sensible choice at the moment to put in goal for England. I have my reservations, I know it's probably stupid but after what happens to Deano every time he gets the call I really feel the best thing for Green is to serve is the club first and let the jinx pass when McClaren gets the boot in the near future. Then let the new manager spot the overwhelming talent that stands in the West Ham goalmouth every week.''

by Hillz
01:25AM 10th Nov 2007
''I totally agree with Gman, under a new coach they will both get theire chnce to show what quality they are. Hopefully Nobes will get a call up too ...''

by John
09:22PM 9th Nov 2007
''As much as I love my country I feel as long as we keep scraping qualification and get to the finals just to go out in the knockout stages the set up will never change. It's sad to say but the best for English football would be for us not to qualify. Then the West Ham players will be part of the future and not part of the non-performing losers. The likes of Rob and Deano are part of the promising future under a complete new set up.''

by Brad
03:51PM 9th Nov 2007
''This is getting stupid now, Green is clearly better than shaky Robinson who in my opinion has cost us qualification with a string of poor/rubbish performances.''

by Gman
01:48PM 9th Nov 2007
''Don't get me wrong i'm a big England fan but it's better if Rob avoids this squad. That way he and Deano won't be tarnished when we fail to qualify ...''

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