Spector backs Green's case

Hammers defender thinks keeper should start

Green: Backed by Spector

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United States international Jonathan Spector believes West Ham team-mate Robert Green would make an excellent No.1 this summer.

Green is one of three keepers expected to make England's 23-man World Cup squad along with Joe Hart and David James.

It remains to be seen which one of the trio will get the nod for South Africa, although Spector knows who he would go with if he were in charge.

Former Manchester United man Spector believes Green's consistency makes him a strong contender along with his ability to handle pressure.

Confident

"I always personally felt confident having him behind me, that if something goes wrong, he'll be there," he told West Ham's official website.

"I think he's the most consistent as well, compared to the other England keepers.

"That's something Fabio Capello or any manager would value in a World Cup, especially when there's a lot more pressure, the kind of pressure the England team will be facing going into it."

Spector could well face Wayne Rooney this summer as USA have been drawn in Group C along with England in South Africa.

Danger man

The 24-year-old knows the Red Devils ace has enjoyed a fine season and thinks keeping him quiet will go a long way to getting the better of England.

"Rooney was in unbelievable form before his injury," he continued. "It didn't seem like you could stop him or take him out of the game.

"I think we need to limit his contribution as much as possible. He has so many great attributes and scored many goals and scored so many headers, which we haven't seen in the past.

"It's not a job of one person to defend against him, but the team in general. He's very clever. Sometimes he drops off in the midfield to find space and pick up the ball and run at you.

"It's pretty well-known England are going to be more direct and I think we'll need to defend well as a group in that respect."