Big Sam Staggered At Green Omission

Sam Allardyce today spoke to London’s Evening Standard about his shock at Robert Greens omission from Fabio Capello’s latest England Squad.

“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.”

Green has been in fantastic form for The Hammers since returning from injury, during which Manuel Almunia kept watch between the sticks.

I am surprised myself as Greens form has been impressive, on top of that most of the keepers in the Premier League who could mount some form of challenge to Joe Hart have retired or made themselves unavailable.

Capello Will Still Pick West Ham Stars

England Manager Fabio Capello has confirmed that he will continue to pick Scott Parker for England if he remains at West Ham.

The England manager, who has included Parker and team mate Rob Green in his squad for Wednesday night’s friendly against Holland rebuffed rumours that Parker’s international career could be put on hold should he remain at West Ham and play in the Championship.

However Capello stressed that ideally Parker would be playing in the top flight of English football:

“If he does not move then that is not my problem. He is one who can play with the national team,” Capello told reporters. “He is part of the group. If he is fit, he will be okay to stay with us. I will continue picking him. If I find a really good player in the Championship, I will pick him.

“I hope for him and for me he will play in the Premier League. It is important Scott plays in the Premier League. He is a focused guy – but they play more games [in the Championship] than the Premier League.”

Parker is set to start for West Ham against Cardiff at the Boleyn Ground in today’s game.