Fulham skipper Murphy: Konchesky better than Villa’s Warnock

Fulham captain Danny Murphy has told England coach Fabio Capello not to forget his teammate Paul Konchesky.

Fulham captain Danny Murphy has told England coach Fabio Capello not to forget his teammate Paul Konchesky.

Murphy rates his team-mate second only to Ashley Cole - regardless of Wayne Bridge's decision to quit international football.

Konchesky, 28, is close to recovery from a knee injury and may even travel with the squad to Sunderland for tomorrow's Premier League match.

Midfielder Murphy said: "Ashley Cole is the best left-back in the world. But, if he's not fit, it's irrelevant whether Wayne Bridge changes his mind or whatever.

"I've played a couple of years with Konch and, if he can get himself fit and flying, there's no better left-back because he's a great defender. He's quick, no one does him for pace, he's good on one-on-ones and he's a really good passer.

"I don't see a better left-back than Konchesky out there other than Cole. People talk about Stevie Warnock, who's a terrific player I was with at Liverpool. He has great potential but he hasn't got the pace Konchesky's got.

"At international level, that pace is crucial."