Saturday, 5 February 2011

Stockdale for England

  In Leicester City's League One season, six different goalkeepers took to between the posts.  Then manager, Nigel Pearson, sought to bring in some Premier League class as an extra back-up to permanent goalys Paul Henderson, Conrad Logan and Carl Pentney.  These included David Martin from Liverpool, Tony Warner from Hull City and David Stockdale from Fulham.  Ending the season as champions, it was Stockdale who held the goalkeeping position in the last few matches.

Stockdale and Fryatt celebrate the title-clinching win. (

  Today came the news that, after returning to his parent club and impressing, Stockdale has been called up to the England squad.  It's as much as he deserves; he was great for the Foxes and looked a real part of the team.  I'll always remember when Steve Howard scored a last minute winner against Leeds it was Stockdale who ran the length of the pitch to celebrate.  Just for that commitment to Leicester at that time, I wish him all the best.  He'll be a great goalkeeper in the future.

A champion with Leicester and surely a champion of the future. (