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Norwich new-boy Hooper ´desperate´ for England chance

Gary Hooper left Scottish champions Celtic for Norwich City in order to chase his ambition of playing for the England national side.

The striker became Norwich’s seventh signing of the close-season as manager Chris Hughton reshapes his squad ahead of the new season.

He joined the Carrow Road outfit on a three-year deal, with the Premier League side having first tried to sign the 25-year-old in the January transfer window.

And Hooper admitted he made the switch as he had failed to gain international recognition while playing at Celtic Park.

“I’m desperate to play for England. That’s a massive thing for me,” he told The Express.

“The problem is nobody really gets a chance for England when they’re playing in Scotland.

“I know Fraser Forster got in last season but after the Champions League run was over he found himself out of the England squad again.

“If I’d managed to get in the England squad with Celtic, it would have changed my thinking completely but it didn’t and that’s why I knew I had to go prove myself in the English Premier League.

“It was hard to leave Celtic but it was something I felt I had to do.”

Hooper scored 82 times in 138 Celtic appearances having signed from Scunthorpe United in July 2010.

Sun 28 July, 2013
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