Green ready to grab his chance

Thursday, 04 June, 2009. The FA

By Ian Donabie

Robert Green looks to claim England’s No.1 shirt against Kazakhstan.

West Ham goalkeeper Robert Green says he is “more than ready” to take on the challenge of the England number one shirt in Almaty on Saturday.

With David James out of the squad through injury, an opportunity has arisen for Green, Scott Carson or Paul Robinson to fill the void left by the Portsmouth ‘keeper when The Three Lions take on Kazakhstan in their Group 6 World Cup qualifying game.

“I think it’s a massive chance for one of the three of us. The three of us have obviously got to work hard in training and try to impress. With ‘Jamo’ going for these two games it’s an opportunity. Whether it comes to myself, ‘Robbo’ or Scott is another matter, that’s down to the manager,” said Green.

However, with numerous England call-ups to his name, Green feels he is now in an excellent position to make the next step and add to his two senior caps – the last of which was won against Spain in February.

“I’ve been involved with the England team for the best part of five years but by my recollection I’ve not had the most amount of minutes on the pitch. But it’s experience all the same and you take it on board and you learn,” said the 29-year-old. 

“I feel like I’m ready. I feel like there is a step to be taken there and you should never deny yourself that step up.”

As Green acknowledges, the final decision as to who will start between the sticks in Almaty falls to England Manager Fabio Capello but the Hammers ‘keeper feels the experience he has already gained within the England camp will stand him in good stead and that he is prepared for any additional responsibility that may come his way.

“I’ve looked and watched and taken part in on a few occasions with the first-team, and it’s a tremendous honour to be there, but it feels like it’s an opportunity that’s there and ready to be taken,” said Green.

“I don’t think I’ve reached my peak. I think there is more to be learned and more to be improved on in my game but there’s not a day that goes by that I don’t do that.

“That’s one of the great things about football, that there’s always time to improve. So in terms of that, I feel I’m ready to take a challenge but until you take that step up you don’t know what you’ll need to improve on and that’s something I’m ready and willing to learn from.”