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Rob Green wants to make up for 2006

Green sympathises with those left behind

England goalkeeper Rob Green says he will savour his World Cup place this summer after missing out four years ago with a groin injury.

The 30-year-old West Ham man was named in Fabio Capello's final 23-man World Cup squad on Tuesday.

He missed out on Germany in 2006 after injuring himself against Belarus.

"That highlighted how precarious a position your life can be in. I want to take advantage, take everything on board and enjoy it," he said.

"Barring anything happening in the next 24 hours, touch wood, I should be fine," he added.

Green, who came through the ranks at Norwich City, was in Norfolk to open Norfolk FA's new football development centre on the day that Capello announced his squad.

Rob Green in action for England against Mexico
Green made his England debut in 2005 while he was still at Norwich

He told BBC Radio Norfolk it was good that the battle to start in goal for England was so close between himself, David James and Joe Hart.

"I think it promotes a friendly and strong rivalry within the keepers," he said. "We know that every training session, every game every opportunity that we've got we've really got to take that chance.

"That can only promote people being on top form for the finals and the final games themselves.

"It's something we've really got to take as a positive, whoever's going to be playing will have to be playing well to keep the other two out."

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see also
In pictures: Robert Green opens grass roots venue
01 Jun 10 |  People & Places
Green inspired by battle for England place
26 May 10 |  World Cup 2010
Green ready to be England number one
02 Jun 09 |  Internationals
Green set to miss start of season
27 May 06 |  Norwich
Green delight at World Cup place
08 May 06 |  Norwich

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