Mowbray backs Carson for England spot

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West Brom boss Tony Mowbray is convinced keeper Scott Carson will fight to regain his England place after his stunning performance clinched the Baggies' first away win of the season.

Carson pulled off a series of super saves to deny Gary O'Neil, Afonso Alves and Mido as his side clung onto Jonas Olsson's 53rd-minute strike in the face of tremendous Middlesbrough pressure.

Mowbray said: "His talent will get him back into the England team if that's what his goal is. He's got a settled place to come to work every day and that will give him the stability he needs."

Carson is still struggling to live down his international howler against Croatia in a Euro 2008 qualifier but Mowbray believes his current situation at The Hawthorns will enable his confidence and ability to flood back.

He added: "As a 21-year-old boy playing in a game like that (for England) and having that unfortunate situation, it's a great credit to his character and personality that he's producing performances like he did here.

"Scott made some great saves. He's a lovely lad, he's got no edges about him.

"He's a big lad and he's agile and alert. He does the right thing at the right time and I'm delighted he's between our sticks."

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