Grant wants Green recall
Hammers boss backs keeper to return for England
Last Updated: October 1, 2010 6:17pm
West Ham manager Avram Grant has called on Fabio Capello to recall goalkeeper Robert Green to the England squad.
The 30-year-old keeper has been under the microscope since his catastrophic blunder during the World Cup, when he dropped a tame long-range effort into his own net to deny the Three Lions an opening win in South Africa.
A series of shaky performances followed for the Hammers at the start of the season, but Green was in fine form against Spurs last time out.
Israeli coach Grant has called on Capello to call him back to the England squad for the upcoming Euro 2012 qualifier against Montenegro, saying he is one of the best in the country.
"He is one of the best goalkeepers in the country," Grant said.
"Nothing has changed. He was good last year, he is good this year.
"This week in training he was very good but he is one of the best in England so he needs to be in the England squad in my opinion."
Meanwhile, the Hammers boss has also denied that centre-half Matthew Upson is considering retiring from international football.
Reports suggested the 31-year-old defender was considering his England future after slipping down the pecking order behind the likes of Phil Jagielka, Gary Cahill and Joleon Lescott.
But Grant insists he has not confided him about hanging up his international boots. "He hasn't spoken to me about it (retiring). As far as I know he is available and wants to play for England," he added.
"I think any player that doesn't get in the 18 is not happy about it but I do not need to speak to him about this.
"I know that he was proud to be in the England squad and I think he needs to be in, he is one of the best defenders in England."