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World Cup 2010: Peter Shilton backs Robert Green

Shilton urges Capello to back Green

Former England goalkeeper Peter Shilton has said Robert Green should play in the World Cup match against Algeria.

Shilton, who had spells at Leicester, Nottingham Forest and Derby, said he felt for Green after his mistake in the 1-1 draw with the United States.

And he told BBC Radio Leicester that England boss Fabio Capello should stick with the West Ham man.

"Hopefully he won't get a lot of work to do, so we can get a good result and get our campaign moving," he said.

Shilton, who played in the 1990 World Cup semi-final defeat by West Germany, added: "It was the worst thing that could happen to him really but he recovered from it and made a good save in the second half.


"I thought he did great after the game when he faced the press. He showed he wants to be the goalkeeper in the next game and I feel that maybe he should be.

"If Wayne Rooney had missed a couple of chances would we be saying he shouldn't play in the next match?"

Shilton, who remains England's most capped player with 125 appearances, had backed Green ahead of the World Cup finals.

"You have to show a bit of loyalty and stick by them.

"But it is a difficult one - it depends on how Rob Green reacted after the match and only Fabio Capello can see that in training."

England face Algeria in Group C on Friday before facing Slovenia on Wednesday.

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Gerrard eager for advanced role
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Shilton backs Green to be number one
01 Jun 10 |  World Cup 2010
'Sorry' Green vows to bounce back
13 Jun 10 |  World Cup 2010
Rooney back in England training
15 Jun 10 |  World Cup 2010

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