Green advice for Almunia

Hammers keeper offers warning to potential England keeper

Almunia: Green advice

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Robert Green has warned Manuel Almunia that the England goalkeeping role is a 'high-pressurised position'.

West Ham United shot-stopper Green is in contention to earn his third cap for his country when they tackle Kazakhstan in a World Cup qualifier on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Arsenal keeper Almunia, who was born in Spain, continues to consider applying for a British passport after failing to rule out the possibility of playing for England.

Green would have no problem in competing with Almunia but did offer his Gunners counterpart some words of advice.

The 29-year-old said: "There is a lot of speculation. Almunia has done tremendously well at Arsenal and it is a decision he has to make.


"It is very hypothetical but I am sure he will have a long hard think about it. It [the England goalkeeping role] is a high-pressurised position and, if you are Spanish, it could be even more so.

"That is something for him to take stock of. It is a difficult one to call.

"As a player, you want the best players available and as a manager it is the same. If that comes around, it is something for the FA to take stock off.

"People have done it in the past and, if he were to do it, I wouldn't have a problem with it. It's a challenge.

"You are here for challenge. It is enough of a challenge for the guys to get a position in the team and, if another one were to come along, then so be it.

"It is one you can sulk about or get on and deal with it."