O'Neill thrilled by Campbell call

24 February 2012 02:16

Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill will have no qualms about sending striker Fraizer Campbell away on England duty despite his recent injury nightmare.

Indeed, the Ulsterman will wave the 24-year-old off under orders to make the most of his dream call-up to face Holland on Wednesday just weeks after his return from an 18-month lay-off.

He said: "If he is okay and he is well within himself at the moment, then why not avail yourself of this opportunity? It's a chance for him, it's a chance that he wouldn't have expected. It's a chance that he wouldn't have dreamt about five or six or seven weeks ago."

He added: "From that viewpoint while it's there, I don't think he could go back and say to them, 'I'll not take this opportunity'.

"Go for it, go and enjoy it. If you get on the field of play, that's a massive bonus, but just being around quality players in the England set-up, he couldn't ask for a bigger boost.

"Stuart Pearce is well aware of his injury history and just for him to be around the squad is great.

"If he gets on the field, it will be fantastic. I wouldn't expect too much, and I am sure that Fraizer wouldn't be expecting too much.

"Just to have a couple of days there, a different environment being involved with the squad, it's a massive boost for him, a really, really big boost.

"Knowing Fraizer, he will treat it in the right way too."

Source: PA