Green hails 'turnaround' in form

BY foxsports • March 22, 2010

The Hammers number one is in pole position to be Fabio Capello's first-choice stopper in South Africa after starting the last friendly against Egypt. Green has been one of West Ham's shining lights in a difficult campaign and believes he has improved since the turn of the year. "I feel like since Christmas I have had a real turnaround," Green told Sky Sports News. "I looked at myself and tried to improve myself in those small details and hopefully feeling better and I feel better for it and want to improve from it. "I am looking at the squad as soon as it is announced along with everyone else to see if I am in it and that's the way it should be. "You do not take it for granted." Green is confident England can enjoy a successful campaign in South Africa and should be among the contenders to win the World Cup. "It is going to be a tough one," added Green. "If you get through the group stage it is one-way off games and stranger things have happened. "You are looking at a few teams to really make a difference and looking at who are the stronger nations and you would like to think we are up there." Green has also backed Capello's decision to invite injured star David Beckham to the finals despite the midfielder being ruled out with a torn Achilles tendon. The keeper believes Beckham's experience would prove invaluable to the rest of the squad in South Africa. "He is a good guy and he's a good guy to talk to and to have about the place even if it is on a non-football level," added Green. "Whatever has happened in England football in the last ten years he's been there and bought the t-shirt, so we can really use him in terms of his experience."

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