David Nugent eyes more caps for England after return to the Premier League
Leicester striker, 29, has just a since cap from 2007
Tuesday 12 August 2014
David Nugent is one of that rare group of players who have one England cap and one England goal.
The others include former Tottenham Double-winning manager Bill Nicholson, Danny Wallace, Tony Kay, Francis Jeffers and Paul Goddard.
But Nugent still harbours hopes he may one day leave that group and get more caps.
The Leicester City striker is regarded as scoring perhaps the easiest England goal of all-time – a two-centimetre goalline tap-in as Jermain Defoe’s shot seemed to be trickling over the line after it squeezed under the Andorra goalkeeper in a European Championship qualifier in March 2007.
“Any striker hungry for goals would have done the same,” says Nugent. “I spoke to Jermain after the game and he said that he would have done the same.”
It’s been seven years since that solitary England substitute’s appearance but Nugent is hoping his return to the Premier League with Nigel Pearson’s side may put him back in the international shop window.
After all, fellow Scouser Rickie Lambert made it into England’s World Cup squad this summer at the age of 35 – and after just two seasons in the Premier League with Southampton.
“Rickie’s done ever so well for Southampton, signed for his boyhood club (Liverpool) and got into the World Cup squad,” says Nugent.
“I’ve just turned 29 and there aren’t a lot of English strikers who scored a lot of goals in the Premier League last season.
“You’ve got Rickie, Jay Rodriguez, Daniel Sturridge and Wayne Rooney who hit 10 goals or more.
“Then you’re looking at Danny Welbeck, who doesn’t play much for Manchester United. After that it’s take your pick.
“Hopefully I can score a few goals, get in that window and see what happens.”
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