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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Oct 3, 2008

Olsson backs Carson for England return

West Bromwich Albion defender Jonas Olsson admits he has already been won over by Scott Carson's goalkeeping skills and has backed him to earn an England recall.

Olsson has echoed the views of Baggies left-back Paul Robinson in believing the 22-year-old, signed from Liverpool during the summer, deserves further international recognition.

Carson came in for plenty of criticism after his high-profile blunder against Croatia in a Euro 2008 qualifier at Wembley 11 months ago and his form suffered during a loan stint at Aston Villa.

But he has been in convincing form for Albion and Olsson is confident Carson would not let England down if he is recalled by Fabio Capello.

He said: "Scott deserves an England recall, definitely. He deserves another chance. I've only seen him for three games and I think he is an amazing 'keeper who deserves the England call for sure.

"I saw the mistake he made against Croatia - but all 'keepers make mistakes. You learn from it.

"Life goes on. I can imagine it was a hard time for him but what doesn't kill you, makes you stronger. I've been very impressed by his way of playing.

"Scott gives the players in front of him a lot of confidence. He is always talking, always coaching and, when the ball comes into the box, he is there picking it up and it makes it a lot easier for us as defenders."

Olsson has quickly adjusted to life in the Barclays Premier League and last weekend scored the winner for the Baggies against Middlesbrough at the Riverside.

Now he is looking for Albion to build on that performance and clean sheet when they tackle Fulham at The Hawthorns on Saturday.

He said: "I am happy with the way I am settled in. It is going well so far. It has not been a bad start to the season. I think it is important to get some points on the board from the start and take some pressure off us. So far, so good.

"Fulham have the same kind of football philosophy as we do. It is a team that wants to play. A good team, so we have to be at our best and on our toes to get another win.

"It was good to get the winner at Middlesbrough. In the last few years, I have started scoring more. I scored five last season in the league and, with my height, it should be a weapon from which to score a few goals with every season.

"Scoring is the greatest feeling there is on the field, so I was happy with it last week. Now we have to build on that result."

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