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Sunderland's Poyet backs Cattermole for England

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet believes Lee Cattermole is good enough to play for England.

The Black Cats midfielder was overlooked by Three Lions boss Roy Hodgson for September friendlies with Switzerland and Norway but Poyet still holds belief that the hard-tackling 26-year old can push for national team selection in the future.

"Lee needs to say: 'If I keep performing the way I have been, then sooner or later I'm going to have a chance,'" said Poyet who saw Hodgson select Newcastle United's Jack Colback and Aston Villa's Fabian Delph ahead of Cattermole.

"I think there's a big opportunity for English midfielders after the decisions of Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard to retire from international football.

"If Jack Colback and Fabian Delph don't take their chance this time, maybe another player will come into consideration - and that could be Lee.

"It's up to Roy Hodgson but if I was the England manager I would definitely pick Lee because I like his character and the way he plays the game. If, like me, he was Uruguayan there is no doubt Lee would be picked for the national team, because we like that type of combative player."

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