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Newcastle boss Hughton backs Harper for England

Newcastle United boss Chris Hughton says goalkeeper Steve Harper deserves England interest.

David James, Ben Foster and Robert Green have all lined up between the sticks for the Italian this year.

And coach Fabio Capello faces a tough decision on who to pick as his first choice stopper for South Africa.

Hughton said: "I would say that at Steve's age now, he is in his prime.

"He is a player of great, great maturity, and he is able to still make the reflex saves he has made for us in recent games.

"You go back to Sheffield United - he is still able to make the great reflex saves."

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