Grant Holt on top form, taking a swipe at the England selection process and then to his critics this season…
Grant Holt has been speaking to Radio Norfolk today and has given a refreshingly frank account of his England prospects.
‘I gave up on that,’ Holt said. ‘I think I’ll never be in it. Roy’s come in and picking his players.’
Holt added: ‘When two friendlies came up before the Euros and I wasn’t included it was ridiculous to be honest.
‘He hasn’t given anyone opportunities – people like Nathan Dyer and Danny Graham from Swansea didn’t even get a look in, but that’s life.
“Any neutral looking at the England squad could have written it down beforehand and not been far off.”
In good news, Hodgson’s latest squad contains former City goalkeeper Fraser Forster but up front Hodgson has gone for Andy Carroll, Jermain Defoe, Wayne Rooney and Danny Wellbeck, with only Defoe in any kind of goal scoring form – and Holt believes his former Rochdale team-mate Rickie Lambert, who has scored four Premier League goals for Southampton this season, should have been considered.
‘He’s scoring the goals. He’s done well. But I think any neutral looking at that list could have written it down beforehand and not been far off,’ said Holt.
‘Unless Rickie Lambert scores 25 goals or bags 10 in the next two months I don’t think he’ll get close.’
After a summer of speculation over his future, Holt reacted sarcastically to questions about his commitment to the club.
‘Yeah, I’ve given up this year. I’ve decided to bin it off,’ he said. ‘I’ve signed my three-year deal and I thought I’d leave it this year, sit back, have a few cans and a few cigarettes and chill with the kids.
‘It’s a ridiculous question. No I haven’t lost my hunger.’
Great stuff from Holt. Let`s hope he can keep producing great stuff on the pitch.