Celtic’s Golden Boot Hooper targets England call-up

Gary Hooper scored 29 goals for Celtic in the Scottish Premier League last season and is hoping these exploits will be rewarded with a call-up to Roy Hodgson's England squad for Euro 2012.

Gary Hooper scored 29 goals for Celtic in the Scottish Premier League last season and is hoping these exploits will be rewarded with a call-up to Roy Hodgson's England squad for Euro 2012.

The uncapped 24-year-old striker further staked his claim for a spot on the plane to Ukraine and Poland by scoring all five goals in the Scottish Champions 5-0 thrashing of Hearts on Sunday.

He said: "I'd love to be called up for England. That's been my dream since I was a boy, along with playing in the Premiership. Even if I was called up just to train and be around the rest of the squad that would be fantastic.

"It has been frustrating in a way to be overlooked. I scored 22 last season and 29 this season so it's frustrating to score all these goals and not get a look in so far.

"When Capello was manager I thought he just looked in the Premiership for English players, but with Roy Hodgson it could be different. He's a top manager and I personally feel I've got another chance to play for England now."

He added: "Maybe I might need to play in England sometime in the future but if I keep scoring the goals they can't keep looking away and I should get a chance.

"It's hard to say what Roy Hodgson should do because he's just got the job. But maybe a few new faces could freshen up the squad and help the other players."

 
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