Morrison makes the England case for Carson

JAMES MORRISON believes West Brom keeper Scott Carson can reclaim the England number one spot.

Carson has been Fabio Capello’s fourth-choice keeper in recent times behind Joe Hart, Ben Foster and Robert Green.

But Foster’s decision to take a break from international football, and Green reportedly considering a similar move, appears to have elevated Carson up the pecking order.

He has had an impressive end to the campaign with the Baggies and produced two superb saves to deny Victor Anichebe during Saturday’s 1-0 win over Everton at the Hawthorns.

Midfielder Morrison said: “Scott is good enough to be England number one, definitely. You have seen the form he showed against Everton.

“Obviously he’s got to contend with Joe Hart, who is in fantastic form and a great keeper. But, if Scott can get that form he demonstrated against Everton on a regular basis, I can’t see why not.

“Even if Scott can fight his way to back Joe Hart up, it is still a great achievement.

“Scott is a laid-back character and he just takes take things as they comes but in the back of his mind he will be thinking that there is a chance.”

Albion defender Steven Reid echoed Morrison’s sentiments after Youssouf Mulumbu’s goal sealed victory against the Toffees.

He said: “Scott has been a big part of our success over the last couple of months.

“They were two great saves from Anichebe. He is capable of that. He has played for England in the past at a young age.

“He is still only young but he is an experienced player so I am sure he will get a chance again at some point.”

Albion are now in prime position to finish as the midlands’ highest-placed club in the Barclays Premier League.

It is a major turnaround in fortunes after collecting 19 points from 11 games under head coach Roy Hodgson.

Morrison said: “We just wanted to finish as high as possible and, to be fair, the manager has been saying, ‘can we finish as the highest-placed midlands club?’

“I think it’s for the fans, so they’ve got the bragging rights, and we’ve done well this season.

“It shows how far we have come as a team. We’ve got some good players and a lot of teams this year have under-estimated us.

“It is important next year that we can kick on and again next year is going to be about surviving.”

Everton boss David Moyes imposed a media blackout after the match.

It is understood he was unhappy with referee Anthony Taylor, particularly over the sending-off of substitute Diniyar Bilyaletdinov for a challenge on Morrison.

Even Hodgson admitted: “I thought the sending-off was very harsh. It was a difficult game for the referee

“I would be lying if I said David Moyes and I were happy with some of the decisions out there.’’

Mulumbu settled the issue after 10 minutes when he converted a pass from 15-goal leading scorer Peter Odemwingie.


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