Hodgson won’t rule out call-ups for Norwich and Southampton pair

09:51 17 November 2012

England manager Roy Hodgson. Photo: Nick Potts/PA Wire

England manager Roy Hodgson. Photo: Nick Potts/PA Wire

PA Wire

Roy Hodgson insists the likes of Norwich captain Grant Holt and Southampton frontman Rickie Lambert could still get their chance for England ahead of the 2014 World Cup.

The Three Lions manager opted for promoting youth in this week’s friendly against Sweden, with strikers Raheem Sterling, Daniel Sturridge, Danny Welbeck and promising Crystal Palace youngster Wilfried Zaha included in the squad.

However, Hodgson insisted his attacking options would remain open as he plots safe qualification for Brazil, who will come to Wembley for a prestigious friendly in February ahead of the next competitive fixture away to minnows San Marino on March 22.

England boss Hodgson took part in a wide-ranging question and answer session in a Football Nights event organised by Delia’s Canary Catering at Carrow Road this evening, and was quizzed as to why he had so far overlooked Norwich skipper Holt, who netted 15 Barclays Premier League goals last season.

Hodgson said: “You understand when you are a national team coach that you have a job of picking 20 players for a squad and there are a lot of fans around the country who feel their team is disadvantaged because they do not have a representative, that is not to say their representatives are not good enough.

“In the case of your man, Grant Holt, of course there is no reason why a man like him with the abilities he has could not play for England.

“But the problem for me is there are a lot of other players who can play for England as well with maybe different characteristics. Sometimes you have to take all these things into account.

“It can also be a question of what particular time you are playing and who your competitors are.

“I have not made any strong judgements for or against players like Grant, or players of the same sort of ability as him.

“Lambert at Southampton is often mentioned, and he is a player who has had a similar career [to Holt], done fantastically well to come through the lower leagues and prove themselves at every level.

“[West Ham striker] Andy Carroll of course is another player in that category and he has been in the England squad.”

Hodgson added: “The last time we played I went down a slightly different route, but that is not to say I will never go back to a route where I am looking for a player of Andy Carroll’s stature, of Grant Holt’s stature, of Ricky Lambert’s stature, and then these players will come very much once again into consideration.”

Holt, 31, has netted three league goals this season, and is likely to spearhead Norwich’s attack in tomorrow’s clash against Manchester United at Carrow Road.

“Grant has my full admiration, not only for what he has done at this football club, but with other teams as well,” Hodgson continued.

“However, if I was to give an England cap to every player who had my admiration then I am afraid we would need around 420 places, and we do not have quite that many.”

Related articles


Latest Sport Stories

Yesterday, 18:15
John Ryder (right) in action against Nick Blackwell in ttheir British middleweight title fight at the O2 Arena in May

John Ryder’s trainer is hoping a new nutritional regime can revitalise the Islington star’s career as he prepares for his comeback fight this weekend.

Yesterday, 12:21
Arsenal Ladies' Jordan Nobbs battles with Kathleen Radtke of Manchester City Women (right) during the Gunners' 1-0 win in the Continental Cup

Midfielder Jordan Nobbs is determined to finish her frustrating season on a high by helping the Gunners to regain the Continental Cup.

Wed, 16:05
Jordan Grannum (red shorts) defeats William Warburton at the Camden Centre. Pic: Philip Sharkey/TGS Photo

Islington welterweight Jordan Grannum made a successful start to his professional career as he eased to a comfortable points win over William Warburton at York Hall.

Wed, 16:00
Highgate Harriers' Andy Maud. Pic: Dieter Perry

Andy Maud stole the show in only his second appearance for Highgate Harriers on Saturday, recording the best time of all the club runners at the National Six Stage Road Relays.

Wed, 15:50
Mile End (dark blue) lost 3-1 to Shakespeare in the Hackney & Leyton Sunday League.

Mile End remain top of the Hackney & Leyton League Premier Division despite losing 3-1 against a rejuvenated Shakespeare.

Wed, 15:46
Judo player Luca Veras (left) with Sensei Basil Dawkins

Islington youngster Luca Veras claimed his third consecutive gold medal on Sunday since graduating to red belt level in the summer.

Mon, 13:10
Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game against Manchester United

What we predicted

Mon, 07:00
Arsenal's Hector Bellerin and Manchester United's Ashley Young battle for the ball (Adam Davy/PA Wire)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was full of praise for Hector Bellerin after the full-back’s excellent performance in the win over Manchester United.

Most read sport


You'll be stocked up on toiletries  for a while!

Cosmetics, toiletries, vitamins and more.

You could be splashing the cash at Topshop!

Just imagine what you could do with £1,000 to spend at Topshop.

Digital Edition

Read the Islington Gazette e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24

Local business directory

Our trusted business finder