Upson earns England recall

Matthew Upson has earned a recall to the England fold but there is no place for Robert Green and Dean Ashton.

New manager Fabio Capello has named a 30-man preliminary squad that will be cut to a smaller selection on Saturday evening. While Upson is named, there is no spot for Green, who has been left out in favour of David James, Scott Carson and Chris Kirkland, while the strikers ahead of Ashton are Emile Heskey, Gabriel Agbonlahor, Michael Owen, Wayne Rooney and Peter Crouch.

Speaking after a fantastic night at the Boleyn Ground when he and Anton Ferdinand hardly gave Liverpool's international-class strikers Fernando Torres and Dirk Kuyt a kick in a 1-0 win, Upson had underlined his determination. "I am very focused on achieving an England place," the 28-year-old ever-present said.

"That is something that I am desperate to do. All I can keep doing is playing well. I am looking to improve all the time and I am really enjoying being at West Ham. We are playing some good football here. I will keep working at it and see how far it takes me."

The seven-times capped defender is in a unique club of just two outfield Premier League players who have played every minute for their clubs this season - Stephen Kelly of Birmingham City being the other. However, he is keen to emphasise the contribution of the whole squad. "It was nice to have another clean sheet," Upson added. "It starts from the front, the strikers and all the way through. As a back-four unit we were solid, limited them to very few chances and we are very pleased."

Upson said he had no fears when Mark Noble stepped up to take the last-gasp penalty that would decide matters. "I had every faith in Mark," he said. "He is a good penalty taker, he has got a lot of bottle - a cool head on young shoulders. He stepped up and really put it away nicely. It was a great atmosphere, as evening games here are. To win against a big team like Liverpool puts us in a nice position in the table. It all looks very positive."