'I was very happy'

Robert Green is hopeful but not 100 per cent sure he has done enough to be named as England's No1 for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

The West Ham United goalkeeper produced a solid display in the Three Lions' 3-1 friendly win over Mexico at Wembley on Monday, making two impressive saves to deny Arsenal striker Carlos Vela.

Indeed it took an opportunistic strike from club-mate Guille Franco, who latched on to a loose Leighton Baines clearance to score from six yards, to beat the Hammers stopper.

The 30-year-old was replaced by Manchester City youngster Joe Hart at half-time, and the typically modest Green admitted the jersey was still up for grabs with just Sunday's friendly with Japan to play before the World Cup opener against the United States on 12 June.

"I'm not the right person to ask. I'm pleased that I played and I'm pleased with how I did. There are a couple of things to tidy up on but, all in all, I was very happy with the 45 minutes apart from letting the goal in.

"There are times in football when you're needed and thankfully I was there when I was needed. It's something that in international football, the chances don't come along very often, and to open up teams is a difficult thing to do.

"To be the last line of defence and make the saves is important because you know you're not going to get a vast amount at the other end. It was very pleasing in that respect."

The Mexicans, who have also qualified for South Africa 2010, were also impressive during an entertaining opening half, with Vela, Franco, PSV Eindhoven defender Carlos Salcido and Tottenham Hotspur youngster Giovani Dos Santos all causing problems for the England back-four.

When the hosts' defences were breached, Green was there to thwart the North Americans, while Salcido also saw a curling shot hit the outside of the far post.

"It was a tough 45 minutes. They had a lot of possession in our half and we'd come off the back of eight days' training so to come into the game, it wasn't so much of a friendly but more of a really competitive game.

"In that aspect, it was very good to be tested as we were. We came in leading at half-time without playing the best football but it's a results business and we got the right result."

While Green is naturally eager to start at the World Cup, having missed Germany 2006 with a ruptured groin suffered in a warm-up fixture against Belarus, he insisted that England would also be in safe hands should either Hart or Portsmouth veteran David James be given the chance to shine.

"The competition is healthy and strong. We all get on well and everyone is just taking the chances when they can and that's all you can ask. That's what the manager wants.

"We're pushing each other and hopefully it will raise the standard. Whoever plays, the other two will be behind him and we can only encourage each other to go on and do good things.

"I thought Joe did very well. It wasn't a spectacular half for a goalkeeper, but with goalkeeping it's about doing the basics right. It was his first game for England at Wembley and I told him to enjoy it because you never know when the next one is coming around. I played at Wembley and waited five years for my second game there."

Whoever is in goal for England, Green said manager Fabio Capello has ensured they are ready should his side reach the knockout stages and be taken to a dreaded penalty shoot-out.

"There has been some penalty practice and I'm sure there will be some more. It's something that's very difficult to replicate in training because you can't replicate taking penalties for England. I'll do a lot more research than I can do in training at the end of each session, so in that aspect, the more I do the more I'll be used to it and the better prepared I'll be."