Norwich City’s Grant Holt hopes Premier League success leads to England Euro 2012 call-up
Grant Holt is ready and willing to answer England's call should it come for this summer's European Championships.
The Canaries' skipper plundered a brace in Saturday's Premier League win over Wolves to take his top-flight career tally to 12 goals in 28 appearances.
Holt is now second only to Manchester United superstar Wayne Rooney in the list of English Premier League goalscorers this season. The 30-year-old was overlooked for the recent Three Lions' friendly against Holland, but Holt insists playing for one of the less established clubs should be no barrier to international recognition ahead of the finals in Poland and the Ukraine.
He said: 'I would hope that isn't the case. It doesn't matter who you play for if you get the opportunity to play for your country. Look at Steve Bull when he was at Wolves or Nug (David Nugent) when he was at Preston. If I can keep performing for Norwich, we'll wait and see. You look at Danny Graham and how many goals he has scored this year so there is different options and if they want to take a targetman I am certainly ready to go.
'I don't wait with the phone next to my ear whenever a squad is announced, but it's always the dream to play for your country and if that came up it would be absolutely fantastic. I can only do what I do, which is scoring the goals for Norwich. Let other people talk about it. Whoever got the (manager's) job, I can only score my goals and they have to take notice of it. People are harping on about I am the second highest English goalscorer, so if it goes on goals I would be there.'
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Holt had an eventful afternoon against struggling Wolves with his two goal salvo marred by a late sending off. The skipper was dismissed by referee Mark Clattenburg after picking up a second yellow card for a challenge on Michael Kightly following an earlier tangle with Roger Johnson.
He said: 'The first one, I know Rog quite well and we had a battle all afternoon. That was probably one of the most timid ones (challenges) we had done all afternoon and we got done and got bookings for that. It was a free- kick to me, but we both got a yellow card. The second one, I thought was a good tackle and the ref didn't. As they say, it was a centre forward tracking back type of a tackle.'
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Holt – speaking to Talksport yesterday – admitted it was crucial City managed to hit back so soon after Matt Jarvis had fired the visitors in front when the number nine expertly lifted the ball over Wayne Hennessey.
He said: 'My first thought was I didn't want to get wiped out. I just managed to dink it over him and get a touch the other side but I was just happy to get a goal so quickly after they scored. If we had waited a little longer it might have been hard. We're a very confident side. If you look at how we have been the last couple of years you know we will always get goals from somewhere. When teams come here and get a goal it is always difficult to break them down so thankfully we got one early. We should have seen the game off in the second half but we put ourselves under pressure.'