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Returning Southampton striker Rodriguez wants England return

Jay Rodriguez says he is working towards an England national team recall.

The Southampton striker is back in action after recovering from a long-term knee injury and is hoping to rediscover the form that landed him his sole England cap to date back in 2013 against Chile.

Rodriguez, 26, is targeting increased game time with the Saints before setting his sights on impressing Three Lions boss Roy Hodgson again.

"That's a dream and that's what I aspire to," said Rodriguez.

"At the moment I'm just concentrating week by week to get as much match fitness and sharpness as I can and try and take confidence from each game. It's a case of taking it slowly and hopefully it comes.

"Of course, it was the highlight of my career to go and represent my country. It's the best thing for a player to do that.

"There were times in my injury period that were really hard. If you aim high then the sky's the limit and that is what keeps you going through the tough times.

"There's no limit on what you can do. To reach the highest possible thing you can in football is a good marker."

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