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Scott Carson Backed As England No1.

Scott Carson Backed As England No1.

Scott Carson has thanks the Villa fans for the 'massive lift' they gave him at the Riverside Stadium on Saturday.

With the 20 odd Boro fans who bothered to turn up to support their team at home giving Carson grief for the keeper and Gareth Barry, Carson says the support of the fans was appreciated.

He told the official site 'The fans were magnificent and I can't thank them enough for the way they cheered me from the first minute right the way through the game. Wednesday night was a low point for me - it was for all the England lads. But these things happen in your career and what matters is how you bounce back. I can't turn back the clock to change what happened and I expected a bit of stick from the Boro fans. I know other England players were booed around the country as well.'

Adding he didn't for one minute 'take it for granted that our fans would defend me like they did. They really lifted me and I'm glad I could keep a clean-sheet for them - they deserved it. The Villa supporters have been great to me ever since I arrived, but this was something else, it really was.'

Great, another reason why he'll want to stay at Villa, not only has he had reason to praise the boss, now he knows the Claret and Blue army are the best!

Meanwhile Portsmouth and England keeper David James has defended Scott Carson and says he can be 'England's number one for many years'

Adding, 'I feel for Scotty Carson for the way the game went against Croatia - but that's life unfortunately. I think Scotty will without doubt be England's number one for many years. I definitely believe that. I really think he is top drawer.'

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Monday November 26 2007
Time: 1:03PM


Robert Green should have played in the Euro 2008 qualifiers, but Carson is without a doubt a future England #1
26/11/2007 13:06:00
It was a high pressure game on a brand new keeper, to expect a world class performance from him was unfair. He made a gaffe but he responded well in the 2nd half with a class save. The rest of the team should be taking that stick before he did for putting him in the position to have had to make those saves.
26/11/2007 13:30:00
Along with playing a 4-5-1, the selection of a 22 year-old with only one senior friendly appearance to his name will perhaps go down as one of the poorest coaching decisions ever made..... McClaren shoulders the responsibility here....
26/11/2007 14:17:00
David James spoke a LOT of sense in his interview. Carson SHOULD have been given experience earlier, but he wasn't, therefore DJ SHOULD have played v Croatia. On current form DJ is probably still the best English keeper around while Carson and Green are the best two young keepers. If Scott comes through this ordeal it will make him, mentally, a much better keeper
26/11/2007 14:24:00
Do we still pay £10m for him though? Has the level of risk increased due to his mental anguish?
26/11/2007 15:10:00
A really promising keeper but I believe he won't be the future England #1. With Van der Sar bound to retire at the end of the season, I can see the rise and prominance of Ben Foster making him the #1. However, Carson shouldn't be down-heartened over Wednesday. Yes he made a mistake, everyone does, and far more of the outfield players did more than he did! He even kept England in the game in the 2nd half, which is somethign everyone seems to gloss over. The support and backing he has been given I think shows that no-one blames him. McClaren should never have played him, but it won't end his England career.
26/11/2007 15:33:00
Really good to see oppostion fans come and talk sense, restores a bit of faith does that.
26/11/2007 15:59:00
Forgot about Ben Foster. If he recovers fully from his serious injury England SHOULD have good competetion for the GK spot with him, Green and Carson. I hope the new manager though is brave enough to employ the system he wants and play the best players for that system, NOT change everything around so he can get all of his 'icons' into the team.
26/11/2007 16:08:00
Gordons left boot wash your mouth out with soap! The only reason Scott Carson let that goal in, was because he saw 3 Croatia strikers bearing down on him, with not 1 England defender to be seen. We should not use his as a reason to get the best young keeper in the country on the cheap. He is a must in January, as is Laursen.
26/11/2007 19:25:00
He's certainly never let us down to date, and the defenders in front of him certainly seem to have great confidence in his ability. Whether or not he's worth £10m of RL's money is open to debate, but that certainly appears to be a realistic figure if you compare the amount Sunderland splashed out on Craig Gordon, so I'm not going to argue or complain if MON decides to go ahead and make the deal permanent. A good keeper is worth his weight in gold, and young Scott Carson has all the makings of a very good goalkeeper.
26/11/2007 21:44:00
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