England legend hails new QPR signing
Robert Green’s move to Loftus Road can revitalise his international career, according to former QPR and England number one David Seaman.
Although Green was reserve to Joe Hart during England’s recent Euro 2012 campaign, he has made just one appearance for the national team since his infamous World Cup blunder against the USA two years ago.
But Seaman, who broke into the England side as a Rangers player before enjoying a lengthy spell of success with Arsenal, sees no reason why the 32-year-old free transfer from West Ham cannot add to his 12 caps.
“It’s a great signing for QPR and I’m sure Rob will do well,” Seaman told london24.com. “I got my England appearances when I was at QPR through playing well and that’s what he needs to do.
“I’m surprised he’s moved from West Ham to QPR, if I’m truthful, but he obviously must feel it’s a step forward – he wants to play regularly and that’s what he will be doing.
“He’s a steady goalkeeper, he’s had his ups and downs and all keepers do that – it’s all about how you react to mistakes. Personally I thought Rob got treated terribly after his mistake in the World Cup.
“But that’s by the by now. It’s just about playing well, keeping mistakes to a minimum and continuing to improve and that’s what I think Rob’s going to do.”
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During his time as England’s first choice keeper, Seaman had to fight off competition from several top-quality rivals including Chris Woods, Nigel Martyn and Tim Flowers.
By contrast, Jack Butland – who spent last season on loan at Cheltenham Town – was the third keeper in England’s Euro squad, but Seaman feels that Hart’s performances have raised the bar again for Green, Butland and other contenders.
“We’ve got a guy now who’s playing at the top level with Manchester City and we haven’t had an England number one doing that for some time,” said Seaman, who recently became part-time goalkeeping coach at Wembley FC.
“That meant the step up was a lot bigger. Now, in Joe Hart, we’ve got a guy who has just won the league and had a fantastic season, and I love watching him play.”
Should Green claim further international caps, he will become only the third QPR goalkeeper to represent England at full level after Phil Parkes and Seaman, who made his debut for his country in 1988.
Although he moved to Arsenal 18 months later – in what was then a record �1.3m fee for a goalkeeper – Seaman insists that silverware, rather than England prospects, was his sole motivation for leaving Loftus Road.
“The reason I left QPR was plain and simple – I wanted to win trophies and see how good I could get,” he explained. “At QPR I wasn’t getting that opportunity.
“I loved my time at QPR and it was a great learning curve for me because I had four great years there playing in the top division – although I can’t say I enjoyed the plastic pitch!
“But then Arsenal and Manchester United both came in for me. I had the opportunity to sign for either one of them, and you don’t turn clubs like that down.”