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Dean seeks slice of the action
18 Aug 2008 - 13:32:57
West Ham United striker Dean Ashton is determined to improve his fitness and force his way back into the England team reckoning.
The 24-year-old scored twice in the Hammers' opening day 2-1 win at home to Wigan Athletic, but failed to impress watching England coach Fabio Capello enough to earn a place in the squad for the friendly against the Czech Republic.
However, Ashton is prepared to sacrifice his beloved pizza to ensure he has an international future.
He said: "If the England manager tells you to lose weight then that's what you do, you do whatever it takes.
"I've gone away and worked hard this summer. I've adjusted my diet and lost a bit of weight, exactly how much is for me to know. I feel good for it.
"Pizza will always be my favourite food, but it's a case of not eating it all the time."
Of his chance to put on a show for Capello, Ashton added: "I'm not going to lie, I was nervous.
"In my eyes, playing for your country is a big deal. I just feel I want more chances to show everyone I am good enough."