Green delighted with England call-up

Robert Green has been rewarded for his superb end-of-season form with a call-up to the England B squad to face Albania in a friendly at Burnley's Turf Moor stadium on Friday night.

The Hammers goalkeeper received the call from England manager Steve McClaren and said: "I'm delighted to be called back into the squad. Hopefully, it's recognition of a good run of form which I've had and which the Club's had."

Rob, 27, is hoping for his first taste of international football since May 2006, when he appeared against Belarus in a B friendly, but suffered a groin injury that ruled him out of the World Cup finals.

"It's almost a year ago to the day since I got injured," he said. "Things have changed since then. There has been a change of manager and he's brought in a couple of his own people like Terry Venables, Steve Round and Bill Beswick.

"Apart from that all the other backroom staff have remained, but it does have a different feel to it. The surroundings are very familiar but it's all slightly different."

It has been a tumultuous twelve months for Rob since his last involvement with England. "Playing my second game for England was a high point, with the intention of going to the World Cup and being named in the squad; then I came in for a big fall by getting injured and almost losing the entire summer because of it.

"After that I signed for West Ham, which was a huge moment in my career and life and a massive boost to come to such a great Club. Then we had a real yo-yo season full of ups and downs.

"To finish on such a high, after some real low points in the season, has been capped off nicely by this call up."

And the experience so far has been a positive one - despite Rob having to cut short his summer holidays!

"It's been really good," he said. "We trained yesterday, which was great. It was the first time I've trained since before the Manchester United match and I felt surprisingly sharp!

"We're all going to be watching the Champions League final tonight and I'm looking forward to that.

"I did have a nice holiday lined up but this is an offer you can't turn down and I'm delighted to be involved. I'm just hoping to play some part in the action."