Downing insists Liverpool pal Kelly deserves England chance

Liverpool winger Stewart Downing says Martin Kelly deserves his England place. Kelly was selected ahead of Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand for the Euros.

Liverpool winger Stewart Downing says Martin Kelly deserves his England place.

Kelly was selected ahead of Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand for the Euros.

Downing said of his Liverpool team-mate: "Kels is a quiet lad. He just goes about his business. He is going to be a top player. He is a terrific talent. He is still a young boy.

"When he played for Liverpool this season, he did ever so well. The manager has seen his ability. He has settled in quite well."

Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart was equally effusive about the 22-year-old.

"He's doing great, settling in well," Hart said. "He came on and did well against Norway. We're happy with how he did there.

"He's come in and trained well - there are quite a few Liverpool lads, which has made it easier for him. I'm sure he's going to do well."

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