Norfolk's Upson stays upbeat
Norfolk's Matthew Upson admits he is 'desperate' to get a chance to play his part in England's bid for World Cup glory in South Africa. The former Diss High School pupil missed out to Ledley King when England manager Fabio Capello was forced to replace captain Rio Ferdinand in the centre of defence before the tournament.
Norfolk's Matthew Upson admits he is 'desperate' to get a chance to play his part in England's bid for World Cup glory in South Africa.
The former Diss High School pupil missed out to Ledley King when England manager Fabio Capello was forced to replace captain Rio Ferdinand in the centre of defence before the tournament.
And it was Jamie Carragher who Capello turned to when injury forced King to withdraw half-way through Saturday's opening Group C match against the USA.
But the 31-year-old, who won his first England cap against South Africa in 2003, is keeping his fingers crossed that his name will be to the forefront of the manager's mind when he picks the team for Friday's meeting with Algeria in Cape Town.
You may also want to watch:
The West Ham centre-back has slipped down the pecking order since starting nine of the 15 matches England played immediately before Capello named his provisional squad in the middle of May.
But with worries over the lack of pace in the centre of England's defence he's trying to remain optimistic.
- 1 Eagle-eyed plane spotter saves pilot's life
- 2 Former hunting lodge for sale for £1.695m with huge lake
- 3 Never mind the limo - aspiring farmer rides tractor to prom night
- 4 Town's long wait for new £37m bypass nearly over as funding agreed
- 5 'Too close to home': Neighbours' shock as body found at Mousehold Heath
- 6 Park issues warning over bacteria which is toxic to dogs
- 7 Queues in Norwich as hundreds flock to cider and sausage festival
- 8 Which? warning to avoid sun cream brand for children
- 9 'The vibe is good' - Return to normality on first day of Latitude Festival
- 10 City confirm midfielder exit
'The nature of the industry we are in means you are always going to suffer personal setbacks,' said the man whose proud parents, Richard and Susan, have plans to fly out to South Africa to see him in action.
'I am desperate to play my part. I have to be patient, keep focused and keep working hard in training.
'That has been my mine focus since I have been here. That is not going to change for the duration of the tournament. Everything else is outside my control.'
Centre-back is far from Capello's only defensive concern with a decision to be made over Upson's West Ham team-mate Robert Green following the mistake which cost England victory on Saturday.
But Upson retains the utmost faith in the former Canaries keeper, saying he's totally unable to recollect any similar incident in Green's past.
'Robert Green is 100pc ready to play on Friday,' said Upson.
'These mistakes happen, although I cannot ever recall him doing anything like that. But he is a big boy and has handled it really well. He just has to put it behind him and move on.'