Match of the Day pundit Mark Lawrenson writes off Grant Holt’s Euro 2012 chances
BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson wrote off City skipper Grant Holt's England claims in front of millions of viewers on Saturday night.
The Match of the Day analyst acknowledged that Holt, with 15 goals in all competitions this season, had been a vital part of the Canaries' success story, but said he had no chance of being picked for the Euro 2012 finals.
'The fella' Holt is such a good player for them, so important as well,' said Lawrenson. 'He knocks people over, you certainly know as a centre-half you've had a game against him. And he's on a fantastic run for them.'
Presenter Gary Lineker then pointed out that Holt was the second highest English scorer in the Premier League behind Wayne Rooney and asked Lawrenson: 'Any chance for the Euros as a late entry?'
He replied: 'No. No . . . but a great season up to now.'
Former Liverpool defender Lawrenson praised the entertainment value in the 2-2 draw against Everton at Carrow Road but had little sympathy for City over Nikica Jelavic's controversial second goal.
'I think the fact that both (teams) were safe, the game was extremely open, there was some excellent play and excellent goals as well,' he said.
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'I think some of the Norwich supporters think we don't give them enough credit but we have and we do and if we keep playing like that, we will.
'They were moaning about one of the Everton goals but, to be honest with you, Everton got on with it, Norwich didn't, which eventually cost them. 'The Norwich players were moaning about Pienaar having the ball between his legs.'
Lawrenson also criticised two-goal Jelavic for feigning a blow in the face after a challenge by City's Ryan Bennett.
'This is what he'll have to cut out. I'm sure David Moyes will have a word with him about this. This was a little bit of nothing and involves some acting,' he said.