Premier League in brief: Zola: Green has earned the England No 1 spot
Saturday 06 March 2010
West Ham: Manager Gianfranco Zola believes Robert Green deserves to be in pole position to be England's first-choice goalkeeper for this summer's World Cup.
Green, who has been in superb form for the London club over the past few months, started in England's 3-1 victory over Egypt on Wednesday and looks to be the preferred choice of Fabio Capello in goal, ahead of Portsmouth's David James. Zola has been impressed with Green's attitude and work ethic this season and feels the former Norwich keeper has earned his chance. "He didn't start the season very well but the last few months he has been very good," the Italian said. "He has improved because he has learnt from his mistakes. When things weren't going his way, he worked harder to get into the national team and be the No 1. He is good enough to start for England. It is in his hands now." Green will look to keep a fifth consecutive home clean sheet in the Premier League when West Ham host Bolton today. Steve Douglas
Moyes hopeful Donovan extends stay at Goodison
Everton: The club are hoping to extend Landon Donovan's loan spell at Goodison Park. The United States captain has made a huge impact since joining the Merseyside club on a short-term deal in January. Donovan is due to return to parent club Los Angeles Galaxy, where he recently signed a new contract, to prepare for the new Major League Soccer season later this month. Moyes has previously stated that any extension to the 10-week loan would be unlikely, but he has now made contact with Galaxy to see if it is possible. Moyes said: "I am keen to keep Landon and it sounds in America that they might say yes. Landon is keen to stay also. I can't say exactly if that is going to happen. If we can make it happen, we will."
New deals for Reds duo a good sign, says Benitez
Liverpool: Manager Rafael Benitez believes the fact goalkeeper Jose Reina and midfielder Javier Mascherano are close to signing new contracts sends out a significant statement about the club's future. Since last summer, starting with Barcelona's courting of Mascherano, there has been constant speculation about several key players, and Benitez himself. That was intensified by Liverpool's poor start to the campaign, but since Christmas things have settled down considerably. Benitez, who in January was targeted by Serie A club Juventus, said: "Everything is very close and no problems. I think we will have news about Reina and Mascherano very soon and that will be very positive for the future."
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