Rob Green: My family are my priority... not being England’s back-up man

PUBLISHED: 12:00 02 December 2015 | UPDATED: 12:59 02 December 2015

Rob Green has yet again been an ever-present for QPR this season

Rob Green has yet again been an ever-present for QPR this season

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QPR goalkeeper Rob Green says he no longer harbours ambitions of playing second fiddle for England.

The 35-year-old, who has 12 senior caps to his name, was last called up to the national side by Roy Hodgson back in May, but he now accepts he is well down the pecking order, with his main focus on his family and club commitments.

He told the Times: “No - it’s not something I’ll be looking towards (chances of making Euro 2016 squad).

“You’ve got Ben (Foster) and Fraser (Forster), and then Jack (Butland) and Joe (Hart) in there at the moment. Tom (Heaton) is deservedly in and around the squad too.

“I’ve done the third choice thing for 11/12 years with England. I’ve got two young children and the hardest part of the summer just gone was leaving them without a holiday for me to go on international duty.

“If that happens again this year with my eldest starting school, I’ve got no chance going away with my family and I think that’s important.

“It’s a very small violin to play but last year I only got 10 days off, and with the Euros coming up this summer it will be even less. So my full focus is on QPR at the end of the day.”

Elsewhere, the Rs No 1 has heaped praise on fellow goalkeeper Alex Smithies, who has found playing time hard to come by this season following his summer move from Huddersfield.

Green says the competition between himself and the 25-year-old has been hugely beneficial to the pair of them.

He added: “He’s a good lad who wants the best for himself and the club. It’s always a tough proposition to move away from your home town and your comforts.

“He felt that was something he wanted to do and could develop from as a result. He could have easily stayed at Huddersfield for the rest of his career, but he wanted to push on and better himself.

We had it last season with Alex McCarthy and my game definitely improved as a result. That’s the idea at a club - to have two goalkeepers who can fill in and be an asset for you.

“He’s a very capable young goalkeeper. It’s a healthy working environment - what more can you ask for.”

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