Scott Carson is an ambitious young man. His move from Liverpool might have represented a backward step in his career, yet the keeper is still only 22 and has plenty of time on his side to forge a successful career in the Premier League. Indeed, he still has his sights set on regaining a place, despite joining newly-promoted West Brom.
The Birmingham Mail reveals that Carson has got a taste for international football, despite being the unfortunate fall guy against Croatia, his blunder leading to the visitor’s opening goal. With West Brom almost certain to be involved in something of a relegation scrap, he should get plenty of opportunities to show Fabio Capello what he’s all about next term.
“I wouldn’t say what happened with England made me stronger as such,” said Carson.
“I’ve always taken the good with the bad. It (the mistake against Croatia) was one of those things – it’s in the past and I get sick of talking about it because I want to focus on the future.
“There’s a new manager now, new ideas so it’s a fresh start for everyone.
“I think I’m good enough to get back in and that’s what I want to do.
“I want to get settled here, play well and get back into the England squad.
“It’s my ambition to get back into the England squad.
“It’s every players ambition to play international football and that’s my aim.”
Will Capello continue to judge players on their merits, or does it have as much to do with the club you play for? It’s hard to see the Italian choosing the West Brom keeper, despite a relative scarcity of England shot-stoppers at the moment. After all, the Baggies will be struggling for clean sheets throughout the campaign.