Tuesday 24 April 2018

Green facing anxious wait

Robert Green was last night left sweating on whether he would retain his place for England after a disappointing final training session for the goalkeeper ahead of the crucial Group C tie against Algeria, WRITES JASON BURT.

Nevertheless, there were indications Fabio Capello would keep faith with Green and that he will speak to the 30-year-old ahead of announcing his team today.

That meeting is likely to take place after breakfast, but if it does not then Capello will have decided to leave Green out.

But it appears the England boss wants to look his goalkeeper in the eye and if he is satisfied that he has not been "psychologically" damaged by the error against the United States last weekend, it is likely he will keep his place ahead of Joe Hart.

It's understood David James is regarded as the third-choice even though he is by far the most experienced of the goalkeepers available to Capello.

But it's believed he has not trained as well as the other two, and there appears to be a problem also between him and the management, while the message coming out of the England camp is that Capello has been impressed by the way Green has reacted to the setback.

Green has spoken confidently throughout the week, and faced the media in the aftermath of the US game, and had an extremely positive outlook, which has not gone unnoticed by the rest of the squad.

He has also continued to train as if unaffected, but Capello wants to satisfy himself that he will not be making a mistake by retaining the West Ham 'keeper.

Meanwhile, Jamie Carragher will partner John Terry in the centre of defence, while Gareth Barry will return in the holding role with Frank Lampard also in the heart of the midfield.

It means James Milner drops out from last week's starting line-up, while Aaron Lennon will retain his place on the right ahead of Shaun Wright-Phillips. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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