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Forest goalkeeper Lee Camp dismisses England prospects

Lee Camp

By Colin Fray
BBC Radio Nottingham

Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Lee Camp has dismissed his chances of earning a call-up to the England World Cup squad.

Camp has been in fine form as the Reds have embarked on an 18-game unbeaten league run which has taken them to second spot in the Championship table.

But he told BBC Radio Nottingham a World Cup spot is "not realistic".

"I don't know if you'd dip into the Championship with someone who's got no Premier League experience. To take them would be a big gamble," he added.

Camp has kept 10 clean sheets in the league this season (11 in total) as Forest have moved to within three points of the Championship summit.

The 25-year-old went 631 minutes without conceding a goal from early December to early January.

And he has turned in a host of impressive performances, notably making crucial saves to help earn victories against Swansea and Reading and draws away at Watford and Sheffield United.

Forest fans have been clamouring for Camp to follow in the footsteps of David James and Richard Wright as a keeper winning international honours for England while playing outside the top flight.

He has even had three separate "Lee Camp for England" groups set up on social networking site Facebook.

But although the City Ground was once again echoing to the sound of "England's number one" after Camp's penalty save from Brian Howard in Saturday's 2-1 win over Reading, the former Derby County and QPR man says a World Cup spot is a no-go.

"There are good goalkeepers in the Premier League playing at the highest level," Camp added. "I would imagine they take first preference.

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David James, West Ham
Earl Barrett, Oldham
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Richard Wright, Ipswich
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"Personally if I was taking three goalkeepers, I'd take three number ones. You have to take three keepers ready to be number one and when they are given the shirt they have to be able to carry it."

And Camp believes England manager Fabio Capello has plenty of strength in depth to select three top-quality keepers from the current Premier League.

He said: "I think the three English goalkeepers who you would probably have to look at would be David James, Robert Green and probably Joe Hart - he has done enough to warrant a place.

"Then if Ben Foster finds some form maybe he'd have a chance. There's Chris Kirkland who has had a good season so far and Paul Robinson as well who has 40 or 50 caps and in my eyes has probably only ever made one mistake for England.

"We'll see - it's up to Mr Capello, he's the boss but with such expectation going to win the World Cup then taking a rookie goalkeeper would be a big risk.

"It would be a big, big risk for someone who has not played at international level and it's a lot to ask of someone who would be relatively inexperienced."

Camp has been a league ever-present in the Forest side which has impressed many this season, and recently moved into an automatic promotion place with an emphatic victory at fellow challengers West Bromwich Albion.

The Reds have conceded more than one goal in a game just twice all season, and not at all since their 3-2 victory over fierce rivals Derby in August.


And Camp is quick to pay tribute to his team-mates for their help in giving him such an impressive record.

He said: "I'm playing consistently. You keep going and working hard and see where it takes you. I am privileged to play in such a good side with a very well-organised unit in front of me.

"When you're only making two or three saves in a game, it makes it a lot easier than when you're making 10 or 11. A lot of credit goes to the boys in front of me."

You can hear full match commentary on every Forest match on BBC Radio Nottingham on 103.8FM.

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Nottm Forest 2-1 Reading
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Camp enjoying pressure at Forest
10 Dec 09 |  Nottm Forest
Watford 0-0 Nottm Forest
26 Dec 09 |  Championship
Sheff Utd 0-0 Nottm Forest
08 Dec 09 |  Championship
Forest complete signing of Camp
03 Jul 09 |  Nottm Forest
QPR capture Rams keeper Camp
27 Jul 07 |  QPR

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