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Rodwell sets sights on England role

Everton midfielder Jack Rodwell has targeted securing an England starting berth in time for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

The 21-year-old was sidelined by injury for the majority of the 2011/12 Premier League season but hopes to regain fitness for the next campaign.

The Everton man had been tipped to become an England star prior to his injury woes and has now set his sights on making those expectations a reality.

“The World Cup is every player’s dream,” he told the Liverpool Echo.

“That’s what my next goal is, to keep working hard and trying to get in the England squad.”

The midfielder also expressed his belief England’s crop of youngsters point to a bright future for the national team.

“There’s the likes of Jack Wilshere, Jordan Henderson, myself and others, that can play regularly,” he said.

“You look at Manchester United, who had Danny Welbeck competing in the Euros, and Phil Jones was there too. There’s a good spine of players. I’m sure in the next few years that these players will grow and mature.

“They say part of the European game is about being able to keep the ball – you look at the likes of Spain and teams like that – so hopefully we’ll emulate that.

“We’ve got the players to do it, so I think once we put it together, it’ll work out.”

The Everton midfielder has represented England at every level from the Under-16 side upwards and earned two full international caps last year.

Sat 30 Jun, 2012
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