Liverpool’s Stewart Downing targets place in England’s World Cup
Liverpool midfielder Stewart Downing says he hopes to secure a place in Roy Hodgson's England squad for the World Cup
Stewart Downing says he wants to impress England manager Roy Hodgson and secure a spot in the head coach’s World Cup squad in 2014.
The 28-year-old has been out-of-favour under the current Three Lions boss since the European championship last summer.
Downing impressed in the second half of the season, scoring three goals and making five assists, and the winger is desperate to catch Hodgson’s eye.
“It’s been difficult as I’ve not played for England over the last year or so, but I’d love
to play at the World Cup,” Downing told Liverpool’s website.
“It’s a year away and I’ve got a full season to get in the manager’s thoughts. I’ll just take every game as it comes and see what happens at the end of the year.”
Downing also insisted he is relishing being back in pre-season training, with the Liverpool squad stepping up their preparations for the new season.
“I’m feeling good. It’s been a good few days – it’s been tough, but enjoyable. All the lads are enjoying it.
“We’ve been working with the ball, which I think is important. There’s nothing worse than just running laps of the field! Using the ball is like disguised running, so the players are enjoying it more than just putting their trainers on and running about.
“You definitely get the fitness out of it – you get both the footballing bit and the fitness side. It’s the perfect match.”