Canaries midfielder Pilkington focussing on Norwich City

Norwich wide player Anthony Pilkington is happy to leave his international dilemma on the back burner.

The 23-year-old represented the Republic of Ireland at under 21 level but his goalscoring form during City's impressive Premier League return has now raised the prospect of a senior call in the future.

Canaries' chief Paul Lambert endorsed Pilkington's claims for international recognition recently along with a number of his Norwich team mates. The Lancashire-born left winger, however, is in no rush to pledge his allegiance to the country of his birth or that of his ancestors.

'If they both came in I'd have to think about it, but I'm not thinking about that. I'm just enjoying my football down here at Norwich,' he said. 'I'm not thinking about any international call-ups or anything like that, I just want to concentrate on getting the three points each week and playing well.

'It just shows how well as a group we are playing and that people are taking note of what we're doing and the quality we've got at the club - with one or two people being linked with the international set-ups it proves we're a great squad and we are doing really well at the moment.'


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Pilkington again impressed against his boyhood club Blackburn in Saturday's 3-3 Premier League Carrow Road draw. Rovers' chief Steve Kean was the latest to praise Pilkington's dangerous delivery from wide areas, and the former Huddersfield man believes City's squad deserve all the plaudits going.

'It just shows when you've got the likes of Steve Morison and Grant Holt in the box you are going to try and get as many crosses as possible in because you know they're going to attack it, and that's what Holty does best,' said Pilkington. 'Most of the lads are in the same boat. There's only one or two that have played in the Premier League before, so we've got a squad of young British players coming up together into the league who are getting known, especially with the manager who's never managed in the Premier League either. He just says to us you deserve to be here so go out and show everyone what you can do.'

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Lambert again fielded a British-bred starting line up against Rovers and Pilkington feels Norwich have proved they can flourish in the cosmopolitan Premier League.

'You look around and there's young British players, but there's so much quality in the changing room and I think people underestimated us coming into the season,' he said.

'People were saying we were going to finish bottom of the league. But we were always confident, we don't listen to any of that and we just concentrate on what we're doing and come the end of the season, if we put our best in I'm sure we'll be sitting nicely.'

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