World Cup 2010: Fulham manager Roy Hodgson surprised by indecision over England goalkeeper & backs Robert Green to retain No.1 spot

Cottagers boss has support for West Ham United goalkeeper...

Fulham boss Roy Hodgson has come out in support of Robert Green and said England coach Fabio Capello has to stick with the West Ham stopper as the team’s No.1 at the World Cup.

There had been much speculation before the Three Lions’ Word Cup campaign kicked off as to who would stand between the sticks, with Green, David James and Joe Hart all vying for a starting berth.

The situation was not helped as Capello changed his goalkeeper for each one of England’s warm up games to leave fans with no clear indication as to who would play the game against the USA.

"I don't understand how you can have a situation where you have three goalkeepers and nobody knows who the No.1 is," Hodgson told the BBC.

Robert Green’s mistake which led to the USA goal in England's Group C opener has opened the debate further but Hodgson thinks Green deserves another chance to impress.

"All the goalkeepers seem to be on a par and everyone's got their own opinion as to which one's the best and which one's the most talented," he added.

"I think that's something really that only the coach and the goalkeeping coach can decide upon and I'd like to think they've decided. They gave the job to Green because they decided 'he's our No.1' and so they should stick with it."

England take on Algeria on Friday desperate for the win that would edge them closer to qualification for the second round of the World Cup in South Africa.

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