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Schmeichel has no 'divine right' over Schwarzer - Leicester's Pearson

Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson insists Kasper Schmeichel is not an automatic selection in his line-up.

The Denmark goalkeeper, 28, returned from a broken bone in his foot to take the gloves for the weekend's 4-3 loss at Tottenham, displacing Australian veteran Mark Schwarzer.

Pearson has explained his reasons for replacing 42-year old Schwarzer with the more spritely Schmeichel but says that does not necessarily mean the latter has the edge of his more experienced colleague.

"It was a difficult decision to leave Mark Schwarzer out to be honest, because I think he's been very, very good," Pearson said.

"It's not a case of Kasper's back in and he's an automatic choice, that's not the case. But when you're playing a counter-attacking style with pace like we did against Spurs, you need that extra distance with the distribution that Kasper has.

"So that was the thinking behind that, but he will have the same rules applied to him in terms of selection.

"I'll always pick the team that I think is right for any given date. Nobody has a divine right to be out there, but I don't think his performance deserved to concede four goals."

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