Who will win keepers' race?
David James, Rob Green and Joe Hart are vying to be England's Number One - but who will start against USA?
Last Updated: 19/05/10 7:23pm
The race to be England's Number One for the World Cup finals could not be closer, with David James, Rob Green and Joe Hart all still in the frame.
Here skysports.com casts its eye over the three candidates ahead of the Three Lions' first Group C game against the USA on 12th June, as well as giving the odds for the trio to be starting between the posts for that clash.
David James - 8/13
The veteran keeper will be hoping it is third time lucky in South Africa.
For the 39-year-old was part of the squad at the last two World Cups, providing the cover to David Seaman in 2002 before being Paul Robinson's understudy in 2006, but failing to get game time on both occasions.
During the recent qualification campaign, he started five times before losing his place to Rob Green for four games, although he stepped into the breach when Green was sent off against Ukraine in the penultimate qualifier.
Green then appeared to be first in Fabio Capello's pecking order for the finals when the West Ham keeper started England's most recent friendly against Egypt in March.
But James put in an impressive performance in Portsmouth's FA Cup final defeat to Chelsea and is now Sky Bet's odds-on favourite to claim the jersey.
The Wembley display capped a consistent season between the posts for the relegated South Coast club, who have offered the veteran a new deal to stay at Fratton Park in the Championship next season if he wishes.
Rob Green - 3/1
The 30-year-old's performances were one of few bright spots for the West Ham faithful in a difficult season at Upton Park.
Green played all 38 Premier League games as the Hammers only just secured top-flight safety, with boss Gianfranco Zola then losing his job.
He has already secured nine caps for his country - seven of which have been during Capello's reign - and earned his first start in the 4-0 qualifying win over Kazakhstan last June.
He then retained his place for the next five games, including the 5-1 win over Croatia last September which sealed England's place in this summer's tournament.
While he was then sent off early on in the 1-0 defeat to Ukraine last October, this dismissal appeared not to have harmed his prospects for South Africa as he started the latest friendly against Egypt.
Green will be desperate to play in South Africa after he was selected for the 2006 England World Cup squad but then ruptured his groin and missed out.
Joe Hart - 3-1
The 23-year-old is the youngest of the three keepers and the most inexperienced on the international stage.
He has just one cap to his name which came when Capello used him as a substitute for James in the friendly against Trinidad & Tobago in June 2008.
Despite this inexperience, Hart has arguably had the best season domestically of the three keepers, being in outstanding form for Birmingham.
The on-loan Manchester City shot-stopper blossomed into one of the country's top keepers while with Alex McLeish's side.
He started 36 league games as Blues finished ninth in the Premier League, putting in numerous eye-catching performances.