Capello praises protege Kelly

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Fabio Capello has hinted that Liverpool full-back Martin Kelly could be in line for a call up to the full England squad after impressing the Italian during Saturday's win over Arsenal.

Kelly is currently standing in for the injured Glen Johnson, who is first choice full-back for Capello's England.

The likes of Kyle Walker and Micah Richards are also jostling for the position, but despite having only made just two appearances for the England Under-21s, Capello's feels a birth in the full team may be on the horizon, after he stared against The Gunners.

"I see some players interesting for me, some new players like Kelly the right-back, he is really interesting," Capello said.

"He is young and he played a good, good game."

Kelly is one of a number of young players to break through to the Liverpool first-team, with Jay Spearing, Jack Robinson and John Flanagan following in the 21-year-old's footsteps.


He made his first league appearance during last season's victory over Chelsea, and then made his first start in the club's draw with Wigan Athletic.

Capello's comments come just weeks before England face Bulgaria and Wales in a Euro 2012 qualifying double header, and with Johnson's involvement uncertain, Kelly could vie with Walker for a staring spot in both qualifiers.

Walker played for England during the Under-21 European Championships, and was named in the team of the tournament, despite Stuart Pearce's side's inability to qualify from the group stage.

The Tottenham Hotspur man earned call ups to the full squad earlier this year, but has yet to make an appearance.

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