Watching brief for Green

The 2010 FIFA World Cup is final almost upon us and Robert Green is tipping Mexico to get things off to a flier.

The West Ham United goalkeeper is hoping to be England's No1 on Saturday night when they begin against Group C rivals United States. Before then, though, he will be watching closely on TV on Friday when hosts South Africa take on Mexico.

Green got a good look at the Mexicans when England won their Wembley send-off match 3-1 on 24 May. He believes the Central Americans could do well at the finals, where they have also been drawn to face France and Uruguay in Group A.

"We expected a hard game against Mexico because they are a quality side with a lot of good players," said Green. "Obviously I'd spoken to Guillermo Franco a lot about the side and he's really excited about playing in the World Cup for Mexico.

"He was saying they have good young players, maybe lacking a bit in experience for a major tournament, but the qualities they have were fairly evident at Wembley. We were tested and it was pleasing in that respect. I'm sure the Mexican fans will enjoy the World Cup."