Stockdale’s rival pulls out of England squad

IPSWICH Town’s stopper David Stockdale’s chances of gaining his first England cap over the next seven days have increased – a little – after an injury to Rob Green.

The West Ham keeper last night withdrew from the England squad for the Euro 2012 qualifiers against Bulgaria and Wales.

While Derby County’s Frankie Fielding has taken Green’s place, it would seem Stockdale has moved into pole position should number one Joe Hart get injured.

Stockdale, who helped Town to a 2-1 win against Leeds on Saturday, was in the squad for the friendly against Holland earlier this month which was cancelled due to the London riots.

But boss Fabio Capello has kept faith with the goalkeeper despite Town’s heavy 5-2 and 7-1 losses to Southampton and Peterborough respectively.

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Even though he conceded 12 goals in those two games, Stockdale was widely praised for his performances in both.

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