Turner focused on Sunderland role

02 September 2009 01:52
Sunderland defender Michael Turner has played down talk of England recognition and admitted he just wants to impress for his new club. Turner, 25, joined the Black Cats during the transfer window after starring at Hull City and is keen to continue that progress on Wearside. "There's a little bit of talk about that [England] but I try not to let it get to my head," he told BBC Newcastle. "I want to play well in the Premier League and show people what I can do." As fate would have it, Turner's Sunderland debut could come against his former club Hull at the Stadium of Light after the international break. And the centre-half, who cost Black Cats boss Steve Bruce an initial fee believed to be in the region of £6m, hopes his efforts for the Tigers over the last few seasons will ensure him a warm reception from the visiting fans. "These things always come up in football, it's just one of those things in football," he said. "I had three great years there. Every time I played for Hull I gave my all, and they can't hope for more than that really. "Hopefully there'll be a good reception for me, but I'm a Sunderland player now and I'll be giving my all to win the game for Sunderland." Turner began his career at Charlton as a trainee in 2002 and enjoyed a loan spell at Leyton Orient before making a permanent switch to Brentford. The Lewisham-born defender's form at Griffin Park persuaded Hull to splash out £350,000 for his services, and he made 146 appearances for the Tigers prior to his move to the Stadium of Light.

Source: BBC_Sport