Comment: Why Norwich City’s Grant Holt should go to Euro 2012

Norwich City writer Paddy Davitt has seen every minute and every goal of Grant Holt's Premier League bow. He explains why the Canaries' triple player-of-the-season deserves to prolong his stunning campaign.

Grant Holt defies convention. City's inspirational captain is to old fashioned English centre forwards what Joey Barton is to the diplomatic corps.

Holt's rise from the Unibond League is the stuff of myth and legend. It deserves one final glorious chapter. Not for sentimental reasons. Not as a token gesture to tug at the heart strings, but to recognise his goalscoring achievements in the toughest club league in the world.

Roy Hodgson is an experienced, hard-headed pragmatist. He knows every last man in the 23 he unveils today must be capable of fulfilling a role. However big or small.

The former West Brom boss has little or no time for experimentation before he heads to the East to duel, we all hope, against the likes of Spain, Germany and Holland in the latter stages of the European Championships this summer

Holt would not be a gamble. With Holt, you know exactly what you get. The Norwich striker is not some unproven, fresh-faced youngster with untapped potential. Hodgson needs ready made raw material to deal with the here and now; not England's long-term future.

Holt is a 31-year-old, grizzled frontman who learnt his trade in the less fashionable outposts of this country and is proven at every elevated level he has tried since.

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He wouldn't do it at League One, the critics said, when he first signed for the club from Shrewsbury. Wrong. Look at the statistics. He wouldn't do it when Norwich got into the Championship. Wrong. Look at the statistics. The Premier League? Forget it, a bridge too far. Laughable to even contemplate him mixing it against international class defenders. Wrong again. Look at the statistics.

Holt has played against the best this season at the most famous stadiums and to my mind never looked out of place. He scored at Stamford Bridge, Anfield and the Emirates. Not bad for a one-trick pony. Holt's array of top flight goals testify to his versatility. Just pick out the highlights.

The instinctive hook with his back to goal 18 yards out at Chelsea was the strike of a man who knows intuitively what is required within the parameters of the opposition's penalty box. The powerful header in front of the Kop at Anfield emphasised his bravery and unerring sense of timing. The swivel and hit against Manchester United at home illustrated his creative intelligence to fashion a chance from absolutely nothing, whist at Goodison he displayed a refined degree of technical excellence to roll defenders and bamboozle a keeper of Tim Howard's undoubted class in one seamless motion.

Like Norwich, he had the odd off day along the way during this season to remember. But show me any member of Roy's 23 who performed blemish-free for the duration of the Premier League. Even the peerless Wayne Rooney let a ball run through his legs four yards out at Sunderland last weekend.

Andy Carroll was anonymous for the vast majority of the campaign before raising a late ripple or two in a torturous league season the red half of Merseyside will swiftly consign to the bargain bin. Peter Crouch hammered a breathtaking volley over Joe Hart for Stoke recently, but that was a rare headline act. Jermaine Defoe was a peripheral figure at Tottenham. Darren Bent a long term injury absentee at Aston Villa. Danny Welbeck exhibited the frustrating inconsistency of youth. You could go on and on.

Holt, pound-for-pound, consistently matched his rivals. And that is being overly-generous to one or two within England's threadbare striking stocks at the highest level.

International football may well be another step up the mountain, but as Paul Lambert often says himself when the Canaries' have plucked the latest gem from the lower leagues, how do you know until you give someone a chance? I offer you a two-word defence. Salvatore Schillaci.

Forever known more affectively as 'Toto' the Italian striker emerged completey out of leftfield to star for the Azzurri in their home World Cup finals in 1990. The former Juventus man had only made his international debut weeks before the tournament yet went on to lift the golden boot with a six-goal burst that carried his country to the semi-finals.

International football is littered with examples of unproven, untried, unfashionable players who grabbed their chance to impress. Does anyone who has seen Holt terrorise Premier League defences this past season think City's captain is likely to freeze on the biggest stage? Holt is the sort of character who would relish the limelight; an infectious personality to galvanise a dressing room and a disenfranchised fan base.

Roy, shake off those conservative shackles and send for the figurehead of Norwich's footballing revival. The man who would inject some passion and pride into representing his country and pulling on that precious white shirt. A lad untainted by the cynicism that infects many of the established Premier League internationals. Send for Holt, England and St George.