Cattermole wants to feature for England
Sunderland midfielder Lee Cattermole has claimed that he wants to feature for the England national team in the future. The midfielder was known for its hard tackle nature, while he has been one of the top receivers of yellow and red cards in the last few years. The defensive midfielder, though, brings a lot of strengths to the team and one of them is the ability to stop the opponents from playing. He is the kind of a player that England have been without for several years now. There has been a suggestion that England manager Roy Hodgson should consider Cattermole after his good performances this campaign.
The 26-year-old is no stranger to international football after having featured at the under 21 level for the England national team. The retirement of Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard in the last few months coupled with the Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick being on the verge of announcing his retirement has resulted in several new midfielders trying to stake a claim in the England midfield. Of course, Cattermole will have to overcome pressure from the likes of Jack Wilshere, who will continue to be an important part in the England setup going forward. However, the 26-year-old believes that he has enough quality to appear for the national team.
England manager Roy Hodgson stated that he is ready to offer new players a chance. “In recent years, it’s not been something for me to get too interested in because of the names that were playing like Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard. There was never any disappointment. But now, you see the lads getting opportunities and for me, that has got to be a motivation. That is something we probably would not have been able to do in the past. We’ve got a few English lads at Sunderland and I’d like to think Roy Hodgson would come up and have a look,” said Cattermole.