Green called into England squad

Only on Monday, Green had been omitted after the Football

Association claimed it had been decided not to ask whether he

wished to continue his international career until the August

friendly with Holland. However, it has now been established Fulham

stopper Stockdale has a personal issue – he is getting married on

June 3 – which he has been allowed to fulfil. Although the final

outcome represents good news for Fabio Capello, it does appear

rather haphazard. Stockdale could hardly be blamed for arranging a

wedding so close to a key game which, in ordinary circumstances, he

would not have expected to be involved in. It is thought he did

offer to return to the England fold on matchday but Capello felt

that would be unfair to the 25-year-old. Presumably, though, it

would not have been that hard to find out Stockdale’s plans before

Capello’s squad was unveiled on Monday. That Green has responded

positively to Capello’s SOS call is a boost for the Italian,

though, given Ben Foster has retired indefinitely from the England

scene. Ground down by the trauma of West Ham’s ultimately failed

relegation fight and awaiting the birth of his first child, Green

had asked not to be considered. However, the birth went well. And

although the Hammers’ top-flight survival battle did not end

happily, Green felt sufficiently fresh to agree to join a squad

that already includes Joe Hart and Scott Carson.