Norwich City striker Jackson’s World Cup quest

Norwich City striker Simeon Jackson is desperate to fire Canada into the next stage of World Cup qualifying today to repay national boss Stephen Hart.

The Canucks need just a point from a double header against St Kitts and Nevis this evening in the Caribbean or next week's Toronto return to reach phase three of CONCACAF qualifying for Brazil 2014.

Hart was forced to defend Jackson's inclusion in his squad last month after limited opportunities to impress during Norwich's Premier League campaign.

The 24-year-old answered his critics with a hat-trick to help sink St Lucia 7-0 in Canada's biggest ever World Cup qualifying win.

Jackson, who has since made two second half cameo appearances for City against Blackburn and Aston Villa, believes Hart is the right man to help guide his country to a first finals' appearance since 1986.

'It helps massively, especially for myself, as this is my first taste of World Cup qualifying,' said Jackson. 'Stephen Hart has great experience with the national programme and it helps all of the players and even the experienced guys who have done these games before.

'When the manager of your team shows faith and belief in you, it helps. And you always want to pay back your coach and your teammates.

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'We've got that here with all the players and it's really good to have. It's been going really well. We have had some good results and are scoring some goals and that's what it's all about. Everyone is playing with confidence and we just have to keep this up now.'

Jackson's prolific spell for the Canaries towards the end of last season was a key factor in Paul Lambert's men sealing promotion. The former Gillingham forward knows scoring for his country can only improve his club chances after notching four goals in the current campaign so far to put Canada firmly in control of their World Cup destiny.

'As a striker, it's about getting goals, as I've always said. And these things always help,' he said. 'Like I did last season with Norwich, it kind of helped me through to the end of the season, so hopefully this will catapult me now and keep me going.

'That's football. One day you are in the low and the next day you are in the high. You just have to be able to adjust and deal with these things. You know these games are such that the goals and goal scorers are shown around the world.'

National boss Hart believes Jackson could again have a major role to play tonight after his recent hat-trick following a frustrating goal less home draw against Puerto Rico last time out.

'Simeon is a player who is going to give you 100% all the time. I was really glad for him,' said Hart. 'I told him we have confidence in him that he can play that wide right position which gives him the option to come inside. All the goals he scored were real strikers' goals. We've watched the (Puerto Rico) game a couple of times back now. I think all in all it was a little harsh on the players. It is very difficult at any level to play a team that sits on the edge of the box.

'It's just a matter of recognising that situation and being patient enough to take that chance. I've seen some of the biggest teams in the world in that exact same situation - Italy against New Zealand comes to mind or Spain against Switzerland, and they struggled to break down sides. We know what we have to do. We have to keep calm and relaxed and take care of business.'