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Out of the international wilderness?

Out of the international wilderness?

James Beattie gaining an England recall? This is not something that many would have given much thought to really, is it?

To be fair as much as it pains me - being a Pompey fan, what with him formerly playing for the lot down the road and almost always doing well against us! - the guy was fantastic for Stoke after his arrival from Sheffield United in the latter half of last season, he had not exactly done badly for them either had he.

His last cap might have come in 2003 but the 31-year-old has told BBC Radio Stoke that he has not given up hope of catching Fabio Capello's eye: 'it's always in the back of your mind, but first and foremost I need to perform for Stoke City.

'If I can get that right, who knows. I'll keep my fingers crossed.'

Beattie's 7 goals in 16 games after a £3.5m move was a good return, but it was also his all-round contribution that helped play a big part in Stoke's premier league survival last season.

To be honest I cannot see him being recalled but stranger things have happened and as Capello does select based on performances at the time, as well as previous history, then maybe the five caps won to date can be added to.

Although I would not be staking too much money on this happening...would you?

His hunger to gain a recall can only be a good thing for England, and of course Stoke, I guess though...

Written by Rug, and originally posted on www.england.vitalfootball.co.uk - click here.

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Writer:Rug
Date:Wednesday July 15 2009
Time: 5:02PM

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It will be interesting to see if BT can start the coming season in the same form that he was showing when he first arrived at Stoke. Had it not been for an injury (which he had to "carry" for a few games) he might have had 9 or 10 goals in his 16 games for us. If he CAN continue that form it will at least give Capello something to think about - especially if he is the top English scorer in the Prem for a while! If the rumours are true he could be joined at Stoke by another England striker, Dean Ashton, whose current injury layoff started when he injured his ankle whilst on an England training session. If he does come to Stoke there won't be many clubs in the Premier League with as much goal potential from ENGLISH strikers next season. I never thought I'd ever get the chance to write something like that last sentence! ;)
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