World Cup winner backs Holt for England
World Cup winner Martin Peters is not ruling out an England call-up for Grant Holt – after watching the Norwich City top scorer play his part in a notable Premier League victory over another of his former clubs.
Peters was at White Hart Lane to see City beat Tottenham 2-1 on Easter Monday, when he was introduced to both sets of fans at half-time.
Holt, for once, was not on the scoresheet but the ex-Canary skipper was impressed by the current captain's contribution.
'I like to keep my eye on Norwich City and the way they played on Monday was superb,' said Peters. 'Tottenham didn't play that well but you can only play as well as you're allowed.
'The whole team did well but I thought Holt played particularly well. His game can be quite aggressive but he kept it under control.'
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Holt's 13 Premier League goals have led to calls for international recognition as the second highest scoring English striker in the top flight behind Wayne Rooney. 'Rooney is in a class of his own and there are younger players around such as Welbeck but you never know,' said Peters.
'If he continues to score goals, there are a couple of friendlies just before the tournament.
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'We don't know who's going to be manager yet – Harry Redknapp is being promoted by lots of people but he's still got a contract with Tottenham.'
Peters will be at Lowestoft this afternoon, visiting Waveney Youth FC to help launch the 2012 FA Community Awards, at the same time as the Canaries are attempting to take another big scalp.
'Manchester City are a funny old side. It's another tough game but the way Norwich are playing – and if they play like they did at Tottenham – then they could win it,' he said.
'The great thing is they are safe for next season. For the first season up in the Premier League they've done really, really well.
'It's brilliant what they've done. Since Paul Lambert's been there it's just got better and better. To go up twice in two seasons and to see them halfway up the table is fantastic.
'I was very impressed with Paul Lambert on Monday, the way he stood on the edge of the pitch, involved the whole time. He was quite aggressive at times and really having a go, but the players seemed to respond to it.'
Meanwhile, the 68-year-old Peters will be casting an eye over the next generation of footballers at Barnards Meadow, Lowestoft, today.
'It's great to see the little kids playing their football. I used to play in the park morning, noon and night and it's the same with the youngsters of today,' he said.
'I think things like coaching and facilities are better for youngsters now and I'm looking forward to going along to see the kids play and speak to the people who coach them. It takes a lot of hard work at clubs and a lot of volunteers to help out and make sure the kids are doing the right things.
'I started playing football when I was about four, so you're talking about years ago.
'I was lucky enough to live in Dagenham opposite a school with a big football ground next to it.
'Sometimes I would climb the metal fence and go on there with the ball until someone chased me off.'
Peters, who scored 50 times for Norwich in 232 games between 1975 and 1980, admits he still has loyalties to three clubs.
'It was good to go on the pitch at Spurs at half-time and to chat with the crowd and give the Norwich fans a wave but I have to be a bit careful because I also work at West Ham! But I love Norwich,' he said.
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