Steve Harper to be handed World Cup gloves?

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Harper - Being looked at by Fabio Capello?

There’s reports that Steve Harper could well be line for a call up by England manager, Fabio Capello. Of coruse Harper has been doing well and very well at that, it would be great to see the man represent Newcastle in the World Cup in South Africa. Whether this story is made up or not I’m not entirely sure but I could honestly see Harper between the sticks for England, and perhaps a long time coming. Although you’ll have your Robert Green’s, David James, Scott Carson, Joe Hart and maybe even Arsenal Manuel Almunia in line, I just think that Harper is as good as any of those above keepers. Then again, that’s my opinion, you might not agree.

Chris Hughton is firmly behind Harper and thinks that Steve would make a very good England #1. He’s not the only one I’m sure and maybe Capello is taking a look at him as another option.

Speaking today Hughton said :

“It is the England manager’s prerogative to look at all English keepers,’ he said in The Mirror.‘He has to pick who he wants, but if I look at Steve Harper’s performances for us, I don’t think there are many better than him.

“Steve is a goalkeeper that has matured, and I think he is at his prime at this particular moment, and the types of saves he is making are not easy ones.

“He has made all sorts of saves, generally reflex saves, and of course that all stems from being at the right place at the right time.

“I think he is in top form at the moment. I think he is a goalkeeper who has been such great value to us and certainly we would not have the amount of points we have at the moment if it was not for him.”

“Of course Steve’s age will come in to consideration but that aside, he’s a pretty fine keeper. After waiting on the bench for so many years with Newcastle he decided to stay on and now, this year, he is our permanent #1.”

Great performances away to Sheffield have ensured his spot just ahead of the challenging Tim Krul and tonight, we’d expect Harper to have a job to do against Coventry City at the Ricoh Arena.

Comments welcome 🙂

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Jake: ⏱ 09/12/2009

I had a bet with my mates that we'd see harps in goal before the world cup so it would be nice to see that! not sure how many warm up games england have got left before the WC but Capello has shown its not really about form for England more form in general.

Pedro: ⏱ 09/12/2009

By far the best English keeper about atm and good luck to him too and England, imo will have a much better chance with him in goal. Should hopefully be another good game tonight and all the results seemed to go for us yesterday too, a win would mean 12 points and 4 games between us and third :) Fingers crossed

qemin: ⏱ 09/12/2009

guys, got any links for tonights game? audio is fine if video is unavailable. =) cheers

Doocey: ⏱ 09/12/2009

Qemin, audio here :

qemin: ⏱ 09/12/2009

thanks doocey. it works for a couple of minutes, but then it just shuts off. got any idea?

Robby Bobson: ⏱ 10/12/2009

Well he should be, the less accident prone of the england keepers out there, which i think is the most important thing for england...but he can also pull off the wonder stage. Despite the advancing age and advancing waste size he is still the best around and has been for a while, whilst he was wasting his time on our bench (thank god :P).

chuck: ⏱ 11/12/2009

In the words of john McInroe, you cant be serious, sure he`s a decent keeper but he aint all that !