Green called into England squad

BY foxsports • May 24, 2011

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.

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