Sheffield Utd's Beattie won't give up England dreams

Sheffield United striker James Beattie insists he has not given up hope of adding to his five England caps since his move to the Championship.

Beattie, who moved to Bramall Lane from Everton, thinks that he can follow in the footsteps of David Nugent and force his way into Steve McClaren's England squad while playing in the Championship.

He told the Sheffield Star: "Mr McClaren has shown that providing you are doing well enough then you will be considered.

"By picking David Nugent when he was in this division with Preston, Mr McClaren showed that he's prepared to look outside the Premiership."

Nevertheless Beattie insists he is remaining totally focused on trying to get the Blades back in the Premiership.

He said: "All I'm thinking about at the moment is doing my best for Sheffield United and helping the team do well. That's what I'm totally focused on."

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