28 Apr 2017

Andre Gray Keen on Making His Debut for England

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Burnley forward Andre Gray says that he is only concentrating on working hard and not thinking about the England call-up.

The Burnley striker has been in excellent form this season. At 25 years of age, he has managed to get ahead in front of Wayne Rooney as one of the possible regular players for the England setup. It is because he has impressed manager Gareth Southgate with his consistency. In the 22 league matches, he has scored eight goals and created two assists. His form has been a major factor behind Burnley managing to comfortably award relegation so far this season.

His two goals against Swansea almost helped Burnley get a valuable point on the road, while he was likewise impressive in the 2-1 over the loss against Liverpool. His form comes out at the best possible time for manager Southgate, who may be worried at the prospect of not having a top striker in the lineup due to injuries and poor form.

Harry Kane is clearly the best option for the national team at this moment with the 23-year-old managing to top the goalscoring charts with 19. However, he has recently suffered an ankle injury that will surely rule him out of the games against Germany and Lithuania. Rooney has not been in form for well over a year.

"It's always been a dream of mine. There's a lot of work to do to get to that and a lot of competition. Someone mentioned I'm fighting for a place with the likes of [Harry] Kane so it's a lot to live up to. I've got keep working hard, keep my head down and keep working hard. It's a bit surreal seeing that going around but that's just what I think personally. I try not to let those things distract me and just keep doing what I'm doing. Hopefully then it will come,” said Gray about a possible call-up.