Green likely to get the nod

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Robert Green is set to be handed his first England start in Kazakhstan next month.

The West Ham goalkeeper was selected by coach Fabio Capello for the trip to Almaty on June 6, part of a World Cup double-header which also includes an encounter with Andorra at Wembley.

With David James and Ben Foster ruled out by shoulder and thumb problems respectively, Green's presence in Capello's last squad, plus his second-half appearance against Spain in February suggests he is ahead of both Scott Carson and Paul Robinson.

Yet it is still a leap of faith for Capello to place his trust in Green, whose only other cap came against Colombia in 2005, his hopes of making the squad for the following year's World Cup shattered by a knee injury suffered in a B international against Reading at the Madejski Stadium.

While Green should hardly get a touch, let alone have a serious save to make against Andorra, he may be tested in the heat of Almaty, even if England are heavy favourites to extend their 100% record in Group Six and move another step closer to a place in next summer's Finals in South Africa.

Green's lack of experience may go some way to explaining the surprise recall of Gary Neville.

After spending more than two years battling injury since making his last appearance against Spain at Old Trafford, Neville might have considered his Three Lions days to be over.

Even this term he has hardly been a regular at Manchester United and although he did play at Hull yesterday he is only expected to be on the bench in Rome on Wednesday when Sir Alex Ferguson's men take on Barcelona in the European Cup final.

But, just like his long-time friend David Beckham, Neville has been deemed worthy of a recall. And, if he is picked for either match in next month's World Cup double-header against Kazakhstan and Andorra, he will equal Kenny Sansom's record for a full-back of 86 caps.

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