Curbs ponders Wright choice

Alan Curbishley is spoilt for choice when it comes to deciding who to play in goal against Everton.

No other Premier League manager would be able to choose from two England goalkeepers, but it is a 'problem' that will force the manager to "make a decision". Established first-choice Robert Green has been one of the division's star performers this season, helping the side to a goals against record bettered by only three of the top four clubs. With penalties possible as well on Wednesday, his three spot-kick saves this campaign may also come into play.

However, Richard Wright has featured in all three of the previous Carling Cup games this season - the 2-1 victory at Bristol Rovers, the 1-0 home win against Plymouth Argyle and the 2-1 success at Coventry City that made sure of the place in Wednesday night's quarter-final. He has also impressed whenever called upon for reserve duty.

The 30-year-old Wright, capped twice by his country, would relish the chance of taking on his former club but in 27-year-old Green he finds himself vying with a goalkeeper many feel is the best in England. "I have got to make a decision," admitted Curbishley. "I have got a couple of things to think about and that's one of them."

Wright has won plenty of admirers since his move to the Boleyn Ground on a free transfer from Goodison Park in the summer. "We really rate Richard," added Curbishley. "We think he is a top keeper and are delighted to have him here. Greeny has been playing so well but you need to keep him on his toes.

"Richard needs to be involved as much as he can but I'll have to see," he added, before making it clear he did not think it would be a risk to put the former Arsenal shot-stopper in. "I have no hesitation putting Richard in the team if we have to for whatever reason. He has come into the club and really been a success in the way he has attacked it."

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