Holt presses England claims at double
Norwich City 2 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1
The talk is serious: Grant Holt is a genuine candidate to go to Euro 2012 with England. And if he is not, he ought to be.
After scoring both in Norwich City's 2-1 defeat of Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday, Holt has 12 Premier League goals this season. Only six strikers have scored more, and of those, only one – Wayne Rooney – is English.
Holt's Norwich team-mate David Fox hopes Holt makes the squad, even if it keeps him away from his wedding.
"He is meant to be coming to Cyprus for my wedding," Fox said. "I don't know now. I have told him not to book his tickets yet. I don't know whether to put him on the table plans just yet. We'd miss him. His dance moves are very good."
It would be quite an achievement for a forward in his first top-flight season, who spent 2008/09 playing for League Two Shrewsbury. Holt has looked at ease in the Premier League, but Fox admits he is not like that every day. "He is ridiculous," Fox said. "Sometimes when you see him in training you wonder how he has ever scored a goal. But on a Saturday he is unbelievable. The fella has so much confidence in him. The boys look for him to do something and pretty much every Saturday, he produces for us."
Holt is not the most delicate striker in the league, but he is not dreadfully blunt either. For his first goal on Saturday he lobbed Wayne Hennessey before heading in.
"I think he has this reputation as a hustler and a bustler who will score his headers," said Fox. "But he is very good and scored some very good goals – right foot, left-foot, he has all sorts of goals and attributes to his game."
Paul Lambert agreed: "I think that he can be misconstrued as an old-fashioned No 9. He's got ability to play the game. Grant's done brilliant for me, absolutely fantastic."
Norwich: RUDDY 6/10, R MARTIN 7, WARD 8, WHITBREAD 7, E BENNETT 8, FOX 7, HOWSON 8, LAPPIN 6, HOOLAHAN 8, HOLT 9, JACKSON 9
Wolves: HENNESSEY 6, WARD 6, BASSONG 5, JOHNSON 5, STEARMAN 6, JARVIS 7, EDWARDS 6, JONSSON 5, KIGHTLY 7, DOYLE 6, FLETCHER 5
Scorers: Norwich City Holt 26, pen 45. Wolves Jarvis 25.
Subs: Norwich Naughton 7 (Lappin, h-t), Surman 6 (E Bennett, 66), Morison (Jackson, 73), Wolves Milijas 6 (Jons-son, 64), Ebanks-Blake (Doyle, 65), Gorman (Kightly, 89).
Booked: Norwich Holt (twice), Whitbread, Wolves Jonsson, Johnson. Sent off: Norwich Holt (86). Man of the match Holt. Match rating 8/10. Poss: Norwich 55% Wolves 45%. Attempts on target: Norwich 11 Wolves 6. Referee M Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear). Attendance 26,752.
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