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Chopra slams Nugent call
20 Mar 2007 - 07:29:53
Cardiff City hot-shot Michael Chopra has hit out at the decision to call fellow Championship striker David Nugent of Preston North End into the full England squad.
Nugent has been drafted into the England set-up by coach Steve McClaren for the forthcoming Euro 2008 qualification double-header with Israel and Andorra.
But Chopra, who leads the way in the Championship scoring charts having netted 21 times this season, believes he should also be given a chance at the highest level.
The former Newcastle United youngster was discarded by the England Under-21s side after just one game, while Nugent has gone on to become a regular performer for the international team.
"It does do my head in to see David Nugent called up like that for England, to be honest with you," Chopra told the Western Mail.
"He's a good player, but I don't think I'm getting a fair crack at the England set-up.
"Nugent has been playing for the Under-21s and that makes it easier to make the step up.
"I wasn't ever really given a chance at that level to show what I could do. I had one match, I scored a goal and was never called up again.
"Peter Taylor was in charge then. In the summer he tried to sign me for Crystal Palace, why would I want to go and play for someone who wouldn't pick me for England?
"All I can do now is take things on the chin and do my best at Cardiff and see if I can get a chance for England in future."